After I wrote my article about How I Manage Photo Backups I started to consider why I don’t delete more photos. I then stumbled on this article: Deleting is Good For You via the Digital photography school.
Here’s his workflow:
“Reviewing your own image library needn’t be a big deal, I keep it to three simple steps:
- Right after I import my images from the camera, I do a quick review and straight away delete any of the obvious rejects (blurry, wonky etc).
- Second step is to do all my post processing, again rejecting any obvious duds. This is a great stage to save time by discarding any images which need more processing than reasonable.
- Lastly (and most difficult), I review my completed images. This is where I make the difficult choices. I’m a big fan of scoring and I use the 5 star rating system in Lightroom (my preferred post processing software) as a means of making sure I only keep the very best images. Anything, which scores less than 3 out of 5, is a goner! “
If I had used his process above I would have quickly deleted this image well before it ever got uploaded anywhere!
I don’t want to think of how many of these photos I have taking up bytes on hard drives everywhere. I think I’m going to start using his workflow from now on.
Do you delete or do you keep?