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What to do with all those shots?
I now have the Nikon D300 and when I come back from an outing with some fellow photographers, I sometimes have a hundred or two shots to go through. I might have about 10 or 20 that I would like to share..

My question is what do you do with the other shots? Do you archive them, do you delete them?.

I have been saving all the pictures and when I get about 4GB, I back them up to DVD (2 copies)..

I just wanted to know what everyone else does with their "days catch".

Thanks,.

Gary.

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IMHO you should delete them to save a much bigger problem in the future..

However, it takes discipline to do this.Chris R..

Comment #1

I recommend that you read Peter Krogh's book "The DAM Book: Digital Asset Management for Photographers"..

Although maybe half of the book is Krogh going on about his personal choices in tools and processes, the other half is the best discussion of how to manage a digital photo collection that currently exists (IMO, of course)..

Read it and make your own choices as to how to manage your photos...

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Doug Pardee wrote:.

I recommend that you read Peter Krogh's book "The DAM Book: DigitalAsset Management for Photographers"..

Although maybe half of the book is Krogh going on about his personalchoices in tools and processes, the other half is the best discussionof how to manage a digital photo collection that currently exists(IMO, of course)..

Read it and make your own choices as to how to manage your photos..

Thanks for the input, but in my original post, I was curious what other people do. I know that I can do what I like, I just wanted to know how others handled the situation..

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Comment #3

Just keep buying more and more external hard drives, or buy a blu-ray disc burner...

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GaryK1 wrote:.

I know that I can do what I like, I just wanted to know how othershandled the situation..

Other people's situations are different than yours. The point of reading Krogh's book is that it explains a variety of techniques and discusses which ones are useful for what, and what the pitfalls of each are..

Here's my approach:.

First, I don't shoot a bunch of junk. .

Second, I shoot JPEG with a goal of zero post-processing, so I have far fewer megabytes per photo..

I use idImager as my DAM tool, and rate my photos using a Krogh-inspired system. Ones with color labels are junk, ones with stars are keepers (no photo gets both a color label and a star rating). Green label photos are ones that are totally worthless and can be deleted with no loss, yellow label photos are ones that aren't as good as similar keepers (from bracketing, continuous bursts, etc.)..

Using a Krogh-type folder system, I separate my originals from my derived photos and keep both stored in chronological directory structures. The main folders are sequentially numbered and roll over at 1 DVD worth. When a folder fills up I burn an archive DVD of it and start a new folder..

If I ever run out of space, I'll just call up all green-labeled photos and delete them. Probably need to do the same for yellow-labeled photos...

Comment #5

BA baracus wrote:.

Just keep buying more and more external hard drives, or buy a blu-raydisc burner..

So that's how you back up your photos? I would think a blu-ray drive would be pretty expensive right now. If the prices come down to a couple hundred for the burner and the media maybe a dollar or two, it might be worth it..

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Doug Pardee wrote:.

GaryK1 wrote:.

I know that I can do what I like, I just wanted to know how othershandled the situation..

Other people's situations are different than yours. The point ofreading Krogh's book is that it explains a variety of techniques anddiscusses which ones are useful for what, and what the pitfalls ofeach are..

Here's my approach:.

First, I don't shoot a bunch of junk. .

Second, I shoot JPEG with a goal of zero post-processing, so I havefar fewer megabytes per photo..

I use idImager as my DAM tool, and rate my photos using aKrogh-inspired system. Ones with color labels are junk, ones withstars are keepers (no photo gets both a color label and a starrating). Green label photos are ones that are totally worthless andcan be deleted with no loss, yellow label photos are ones that aren'tas good as similar keepers (from bracketing, continuous bursts, etc.)..

Thanks for the tip. I will take a look at idImager. Sounds like you have a good system..

Using a Krogh-type folder system, I separate my originals from myderived photos and keep both stored in chronological directorystructures. The main folders are sequentially numbered and roll overat 1 DVD worth. When a folder fills up I burn an archive DVD of itand start a new folder..

If I ever run out of space, I'll just call up all green-labeledphotos and delete them. Probably need to do the same foryellow-labeled photos..

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Comment #7

Hard disk space is cheap these days. Delete the junk and abuy a bigger drive when you need it...

Comment #8

Consider storage part of the system and hobby/proffesional cost. some wouldn't think twice about spending $100 for a lense. $100 can get you a hard disk to store about 5000 raw (10mb) pictures. I keep everything. I store and forget about it. I spend my time practicing and learning...

Comment #9

Very personal I think - my wife throws nothing out - the first thing I so is delete the junk ... usually 2/3 then whittle down from there - I save only the "keepers"..

Comment #10

First thing I do when I download my photos is to delete the junk...those shots that are blurred or badly composed, etc....and I still keep far too many, but at least that narrows it down somewhat. Then occasionally, on a day I'm feeling like cleaning out files, I will go through some that are in folders and dump another batch of poor shots. Why clutter my computer with obvious junk?.

LucyE- 510 w/2 lens kit!U ZI owner!Olympus C30-20Zhttp://www.pbase.com/lucyFCAS Member #98, Oly Division'Photography is the art of seeing what others do not.'..

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