I finished a long-time workflow project yesterday. All of my “picks” in Lightroom have been processed! That consists of just over 60,000 photos dating back to my first digital camera in 2004. While 60,000 photos is a tiny collection compared to a lot of photographers, I have been very selective about what I keep. I’ve probably taken twice that many photos over the years, but I have been systematically deleting the “non-picks” in order to keep the number down.
I know that digital storage is cheap, but just like I’m stingy with my closet space, I tend to be stingy with my “digital closet” as well. As it is, I’ve just about filled my 2-terabyte hard drive. Fortunately, later today the FedEx truck will be bringing me 4 new 4-terabyte drives. That will get me thru a few more years of photos and give me breathing room for an impending camera upgrade.
All this activity is paving the way for a long-overdue update to my website. I love the layout but the photos need refreshing. As I work on that project I’ll probably post some highlights from the archives on this blog. It’s been a fun project, and I have a few thoughts about working on old photos with new software. Spoiler alert: one of the most interesting but frustrating changes is that the new software allows us to see sensor dust spots better, and the old digital cameras didn’t have dust removal functions built in! Ugh! 🙂