#1. "RE: old photos home" In response to Reply # 0
Put them onto the external back up drives. Look at them every few months..delete a few when I may realize they really suck since I have gotten better at my craft, or keep them so when feeling discouraged I can think.."ok I have gotten better. " Others I think.."when I learn to use ...insert pp prpgram here..I think I can do something with this shot."
#2. "RE: old photos home" In response to Reply # 0
They stay in my Lightroom catalog, ideally with one or more keywords, and probably with an appropriate number of stars that indicate how technically good it is. You never know when one of these might end up as a good piece of a composite, or something completely unforeseen like that.
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#5. "RE: old photos home" In response to Reply # 2
>They stay in my Lightroom catalog, ideally with one or more >keywords, and probably with an appropriate number of stars >that indicate how technically good it is. You never know when >one of these might end up as a good piece of a composite, or >something completely unforeseen like that.
I never delete anything. I learned this from reading Dirk Halstead's story about his photo of Monica Lewinsky. I don't understand why there is a need to delete digital files; they don't take up physical space. They don't increase the chance of your drive crashing. No one is going to see them, most likely, or judge you by them.
An undeniable paradox: To think that there is any such thing as an absolute rule is at worst naïve, and at best, shortsighted. There is no such thing as an always-true, all context- or situation-salient, absolute rule that always holds true…including this one!
#3. "RE: old photos home" In response to Reply # 0
Little Rock, US
I tend to move shots that were for learning into certain temp folders that are subject to deletion when I am done with them. If the are really minor, (like I was testing a new lens or flash), when I am satisfied with what I have learned, they go to the bit bucket.
"Sawed that board three times and it is still too short... "
#4. "RE: old photos home" In response to Reply # 0
I edit as a go, and I rarely just take just one photograph of something. So if I don't need it, even photos of family... they go in the trash. If I take 15 pictures of my son building a snowman, I'll keep 2-3 good ones and ditch the rest.
I always make sure I have at least a few different angles if it's interesting, but if I've shot 60-70 images of the same subject, then I'll keep a few and discard the rest.
Even for clients... I only keep the ones I send to them. If I shot 200 images, and sent them 40, after a few months I delete the rest. It just saves so much space.
#6. "RE: old photos home" In response to Reply # 4
I try to be pretty ruthless on deleting photos. I shoot people almost exclusively (when I'm not doing product shots at work). After a two hour session, I might come back with 300 or so RAW files. Its a fairly simple matter to weed out 75% of them (eyes closed, horrible expression, hopelessly bad technically, etc) right off the bat. I don't see any point in keeping those.
Then the hard work of culling a couple dozen or so "keeper-candidates" from the rest begins. But if it makes it past the initial weed-out, it never gets deleted after that.
#8. "RE: old photos home" In response to Reply # 0
I try to rate images once and move on so I don't go back and review or delete old images. Everything is archived.
Part of the problem is you never know what will happen down the road. I had a project a couple of months ago that had very specific image requirements - and got down to the level of needing images that I had previously not included as selects. They ultimately bought images I considered to have flaws, but the images complimented the entire project and worked as a group. If I had been ruthless about culling images, theses might have been eliminated.
Now I am a lot stricter on what is kept when it comes to some subjects. For example, I'll reject a bird photograph over slight differences in head position, the lack of a catchlight, etc. But in this case I have hundred of images and dozens with good head position and a catchlight. An image of a rare bird with a poor head position is very different than a common bird with a poor head position.
Now shooting purely for the purpose of practice is different. I do practice photography - subjects, light angles, settings, etc. Typically these images are not ever going to have a purpose and would be discarded. But I do keep a sampling of test images.
The bottom line for me - storage is cheaper than the time to spend extra time reviewing images that you might or might not need.