« on: January 02, 2013, 10:19:41 AM »
I didn't even think about video. I'm almost the same with those. With those I tend to delete just entire days at a time rather than go through the clips from a day and delete unwanted clips. I chase storms so well later I think, that day/storm wasn't that interesting compared to other things caught. Trash bin it goes.
And it has completely nothing to do with cost of drives. Someone could give me huge TB drives and I'd still have 36 gigs kept right now is all.
I kinda look at it like a box of family photos later in life. I'd think say 10,000 should cover it, rather than having to deal with 100,000 instead. I'll never have 10,000 as I barely have 2,000 after 10 years. Seems like keeping 10 photos from a day out would be ideal or even 20 I guess. Not sure how much that would change if I say shot sports instead. Probably a lot but then again not really sure it'd matter much.
The one thing I have learned is to not spend much time deleting off the camera at the time. Whole lot easier to do it later on the pc and usually a lot wiser.
Seems to me spending time deleting and whittling down a lot is anything but "wasting time". I guess if I was fully wise I'd always stick files on a big ol hard drive and not delete those down and instead just have a separate area where I whittle like mad like I already do. I have too much of a screw it attitude though. Not saying to hell with all the photos at all, but it just seems excessive to save everything.
I'll agree if it's worth putting on a website it should be worth keeping. I just end up thinking that one backwards after the fact when I'm whittling down and thinking it wasn't worth putting on the site in the end...but it's already there. If it is in my stock section I will for sure have the original file still. But man no one wants to just use that section and instead find it elsewhere.
I've gone over this topic with others a few times in the past and some have come back later totally changing their minds and wishing they had kept their pile at a more sane level. I want to end up in with a very much best of pile. Then if I want to say put out a calendar or simply change stock sites, or whatever might come up, it'd be so so much easier to start from a very much best of pile than seeing a trillion highly similar shots. And it is. And yet it's still a bit of a mental chore to pick, even now.
If I shoot say some atmospheric optic that trumps all the versions of the same phenomena shot earlier, then in my mind life is simpler to delete all the lesser versions from the past.
I will say though that what I do actually keep, I'm a backup madman like most everyone. I'll have it on this computer at home and another, 2 external hard drives, then I'll also keep a couple copies at my parent's place. That all barely feels like enough lol.
I guess I'm just surprised there aren't more that take this approach and would rather do the opposite and keep it all. The exception is if it's for someone else you are shooting, wedding, portrait, sports, etc.