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July 25, 2008

Too Many photos

Filed under: Photography — paikiiimagery @ 12:15 pm
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Did you read the recent column from John C. Dvorak in PC Mag? The Trouble with Terabytes Allow me to quote a couple of paragraphs

On top of this useless collection of crap are my digital photos. I’ve upgraded to the 10MP Olympus 520, which offers me the opportunity to shoot RAW and JPEG formats at the exact same time. So instead of accumulating thousands of shots just mildly compressed with JPEG, I now save that exact same JPEG along with a huge RAW file. This will worsen when I eventually move to 12-, 14-, and 16-megapixel cameras.

The worst aspect of this photography hobby is that the longer you do it the more likely you are to take numerous redundant shots. Instead of one cool pic of the street corner you take two, three, four…just in case you wiggled a little. I can easily shoot 300 to 400 shots on this camera before the battery drops dead. So I may as well shoot 300 to 400 pics. I promise myself that I’ll sort them out later. And I eventually will, but in the meantime they chew up hard disk space like nothing else.

I found this relevant because I’m going thru my own cleaning the electronic closet. I don’t have the money to pick up a Terabyte drive (as cheap as they are) right now. So I have to make do with what I’ve got. In addition to moving last years photos to an external drive. I’ve been reviewing my pics taken since the beginning of the year to delete some and free up disk space..

After I’ve taken a set of pics of my Hang Gliding friends, for instance, I quickly remove the bad exposures and uninteresting ones. The obvious keepers are take off and landing shots. Leaving a middle ground (so to speak) of pics that are good, better, best variety. Being a bit of a pack rat I’ll post the best and leave the other two. After this editing process I can still end up with a set of 300 photos. This may include landscape shots I didn’t take the time to go over.

Cleaning out the closet is a tedious process but it can yield items you didn’t know you had. Some are gems. Or like clothes, you wonder why you thought that was a good color, you happily get rid of.

An example of a gem is the landscape photo in my last post. It was part of a group of similar photos that I could get rid of and free up precious space. Going thru all those pics showed me how I missed an annoying red tint in a portion of them.

So far, I’ve freed up about 10 gigs of space. More importantly, I’ve sharpened my photographic eye and improved my editing process. I hope this will cut out the clutter sooner and the gems will stand out.



  1. It’s way worse than you describe. Takes real organization to get those photo’s under control.

    Comment by rvewong — July 25, 2008 @ 12:45 pm | Reply

  2. Absolutely! Not only do I have my photos organized on the hard drives. I make use of Lightroom’s Library module to keep things straight.

    Are you speaking from personal experience? 😉

    Comment by paikiiimagery — July 25, 2008 @ 2:43 pm | Reply

  3. For me, as soon as I have more photos than I can remember then I have a problem. Ain’t no database going to solve it either.

    Comment by rvewong — July 25, 2008 @ 5:46 pm | Reply

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