One of my great loves is photography. I have written a few columns in the past about it, but this week I’m thinking of one of the pitfalls of taking photographs in this digital age. That is, a photographer – or a parent of some cute kids – can accumulate huge numbers of photo files.
This takes up a lot of valuable space on our hard drives.
I have gotten better at sorting and deleting bad photos right away, but I need to get even better. I always have an “organize photos” on my mental to do list, but I rarely get a chance to sit down and cull my photos.
One thing that helps me is my photo program. (I use Aperture, which is made for Mac computers, though I’m sure other programs have similar features.) It allows me to rate my photos with one to five stars, and I do this immediately. The highest rated are the ones that appear on my blog or, if they are photos of my children, are sent to grandma.
The photos that don’t get any stars should be deleted right away, but too often I find myself reluctant to delete some of these photos because there is some endearing quality that makes the photo sentimental to me. I keep telling myself that when I run out of space on my computer, I’ll delete those photos.
Shelli Bond Pabis
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