Deletin Photos?

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  1. Igor39

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    Whats your policy on deleting digital photos that you aren't happy with? Ideally it would be nice to keep everything but with limited disk space it makes it a little difficult, especially when you're taking 5,000 plus every month or two.
     
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    If it became a problem with me, I'd probably just burn them to CD-Rs. They are like $15 for 50 of them at Walmart and they hold 700MB.

    As for now though (especially now that someone's stolen my only camera) I just keep all the ones that are decent and delete the ones that are just terrible.
     
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    hard disks are cheap, just get another one.
     
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    lol burn it to a DVD if you really want to keep them.
     
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    sabbath999 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I trash anything that isn't good, and archive my "good" but not "keeper" ones onto external hard disks... occasionally I want a different angle and I go back and pull one off. Most non-keepers are deleted.
     
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    I used to keep everything, but that faded real fast after the first 30 DVDs. Now I am more selective and delete the ones that are lower than a certain quality level. No use in keeping the ones that are blurred, or way under or over exposed, or have no special meaning.

    After a quick look, I am back up to 25GB of pics to back up again (pics taken from Christmas to last night... excluding the 30 or so that I took last night playing), and thats being somewhat selective.

    Some people take more pics than others (I know someone that takes a MINIMUM of 200/day, 7 days a week, and their flickr photostream shows it... they are up to 10,000+ "keepers", but then again, they are near pro and run around with a Nikon D3).

    It all depends. Do whatever floats your boat, there are no set rules in photography... except the ones you want to make and break... lol.
     
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    Buy an external HD for backing up and save all the photos. Last month I bought a LaCie 1TB USB HD for appr $230. Not much money imho. Think I will buy another soon for my movie collection. :lol:
     
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    Ton of money IMHO. :hail:
     
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    Thanks for the help, I was wondering because everytime I delete a big batch of photos I get a feeling of remorse because who knows there may have been some hidden gems in there and I just didn't see it at the time, but I guess it would be a pain to save so many, oh and at my current budget 230 is a bit much, I just spent 500+ on a Nikon D40 which took about a month of working at Cafe Insomnia, and I think another "big" photography related purchase won't be made for a couple months.
     
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    After downloading photos from my camera to a pc, I check them all and delete the ones that represent no value at all. I don't like storing my photos on DVD's since they are quite fragile. HDDs are cheap now. I've got a 250 gig hard disc and my old 80 gig one to keep backups on it. I've been into photography for about a year or so and 80gig is enough for now. I plan on buying an external HDD soon tho.
     
  11. gryphonslair99

    gryphonslair99 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I guess I am a bit old school. I have never willingly gotten rid of a negative. (The fire got rid of a lot that I didn't plan on) I keep everything that I shoot, good, bad or otherwise. I have a second dedicated interanal hard drive for all my photos, plus an external hard drive that does nightly backups of my photos. I also will burn them to archive quality DVD's and store them off site (bank box) just to be safe. It may sound a little paranoid, but all I have to do is look at that pretty lump of celuloid that I kept as a reminder and it is worth it to me.
     
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    I don't think it is a lot unlike the darkroom days, when we used to print a contact sheet, select what we were going to print, the file the negatives away, never to be thought of again.
     

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