Is there a difference between hoarding things in your home and hoarding your images in your computer? Please advise.
Don’t deny it…
I know you are out there.
That camera of yours can take hundreds of images…in less than an hour.
And then what?
You know those shows on TV where you see homes filled floor to ceiling with stuff? The ones that you may think to yourself, “how do they even know what they have and whether they will ever put it to use?”
I have listened to interviews and have met these individuals whose homes are massive archives of things that they collect. They often respond that someday, that one thing could be useful. What if there was a Lightroom® program for all the physical stuff in our lives? You could call out ‘cardboard paper towel tube’ on that day you decide to get a hamster or make a candle. This could be useful, but in the meantime what does it do to our psyche to live amongst all of this stuff? For some, it makes them feel comfortable and prepared; for others it makes them feel stifled and overwhelmed.
Can this thought be applied to all of our stored photographs as well? Should we save them all and be prepared for when we may need them? Or should we edit as we go and get rid of the mediocrity and/or redundancy in our image collections?
Do you edit your images? If you do not, do you apply keywords to them so that you can find them quickly? Do you have enough power in your machines to manage your images efficiently?
We are a little late to start spring cleaning our image libraries, but there’s no time like the present. For those of you who edit your work, chime in and tell us how you approach editing?
Let’s get this party started! Jump in and share your wisdom and experience.
And finally, a few resources for all styles of editing. It’s great to have your work critiqued by a professional, but don’t discount your own ability to see what is effective in your photographs. If you are interested in learning more about techniques that professionals use to evaluate images (which in turn may teach you how to be more objective towards your own work) you may find this book useful.
And another excellent book to consider adding to your learning library is: