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!


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