Photo organizing bonanza

Sometimes I make a lot of extra work for myself. Occasionally the extra work sort of creates itself. For example, since I take hundreds of photos every time I’m out and about with my SLR, organizing them and removing the bad ones take a lot of time. Eventually I plan on showcasing them here on the blog, but there’s quite a bit of work involved in cutting down the collection and finding the best ones. Particularly when I’ve been bad at doing this since I started using SLR cameras ten years ago, and started using Lightroom just last year. My Lightroom catalog, after the first round of paring down, includes more than 25,000 photos.

Misunderstand me correctly, I rather like going through all this. Ever single folder – organised by date – brings me back to certain memories, certain places. But then again there’s the matter of dealing both with the photos I keep for sentimental value, and those that are taken for more artistic purposes. Many of them are both.

Of course, I’m not going to publish anywhere near to 25,000 photos here on the blog; that would be insane. It will be more like… 250 max. Some of the photos are HDR, which are composed by at least three photos of different exposures which are then combined into one. I love HDR photos. (Good thing I have loads of hard drive space!)

Currently I’m at my parents’ house for Easter, where I’ll stay for at least a week. I won’t spend most of it in front of a computer screen, but I’ll spend at least some of the time devising a good way to organise them and find the very best gems. I have a feeling I’ll be using Lightroom’s collections quite a bit, since it allows you to sort and remove photos without touching the actual folders and files. At least now that the worst photos are deleted (no point in keeping photos that are blurry or outright bad).

We’ll see. At this rate I won’t finish before sometime next year or so, as this is the first time I’ve worked on it since September. And then I’ll have to figure out how to best showcase them here on the website as well, and whether or not I’ll publish them on Flickr and/or deviantART as well.

Next update will be a Camp NaNoWriMo update (yes! I’ve begun!) in a few days. Have a GREAT weekend!


Not good enough may sometimes be just right 

…what on earth am I on about now? I think most people who know me would think that those words aren’t even in my vocabulary. Generally I always aim to be as good as possible at anything I do, and strongly dislike (because “hate” is such a strong word) not being where I feel I should be, skill-wise. 

As for my photography, I had an art block for the longest time because I felt I wasn’t good enough, and because of things that were said. And then I felt uninspired, like I had nothing else to photograph, nothing I had left. I knew it was far from perfect, but still the best I could do. And that was a pity, since that’s kind of what I do when travelling.

But then I started going through my photos again in order to figure out which I should upload here. 2500 became 1500 and then 1000, and I aim to cull the collection to maximum 100 before I even think about making a photography gallery here. At that point I realised that no, I hadn’t actually taken that really good photo of waves, or of the sunset. They were good, yes, but I could do better.

In other words, the hunt for a good photo of this and that is not over. And that’s a good thing. For one because I love to photograph. I may not always find the best composition or subject matter, but I’m learning, and I love just doing it. I have a purpose still, something to aim for. 

Secondly, it means that I have finally started to detach myself a bit more from my photos just since I am able to see it, and able to leave out photos I actually like (but which I like because of the memories and the idea of what the picture could have been like, not because of the actual quality).

We live and learn, and it’s good to have somewhere to go that’s not an immensely long way ahead. It’s also good to find peace with not being good enough, and to realise that this means having a perfect reason to devote time to it. If you have nothing to improve, why bother?

In a short while I’ll probably go back to being a self-critical perfectionist who would like nothing better than to be fantastically skilled at everything, but for now I’ll try to savour this feeling as long as I can. It would probably do me good to try to apply it to my other creative pursuits. After all, if you don’t like the process of doing it, why spend so much time on doing it well when there are so many other things you could do? Perhaps we (I) should try not to be so goal-oriented in everything we do.

Well, enough talk. I’m going out to photograph some waves.