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Ten thousand terrible photos

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by zathras, Nov 6, 2014.

  1. zathras

    zathras Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 13, 2014
    Waikato, New Zealand
    Chris Nielsen
    "Your first ten thousand photos are your worst"

    Well, I have ten thousand terrible photos. Should I delete them? Leave them as a souvenir and clutter my Lightroom catalog with them?


  2. RobWatson

    RobWatson Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    If you delete them you have to start over!
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  3. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    Your next photo should be a distinct notch above, so just delete all the other ones and use your 10,001st photo as your desktop background.
  4. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011
    Read a comment somewhere that in the digital age that should probably be changed to your 'first 100,000...' :smile:
  5. zathras

    zathras Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 13, 2014
    Waikato, New Zealand
    Chris Nielsen
    Well I am screwed if that's the case!
  6. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 7, 2010
    I thought this was a contest or something. Disappointed; I was a shoe-in for one of the top prizes...
  7. zathras

    zathras Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 13, 2014
    Waikato, New Zealand
    Chris Nielsen
    You are welcome to 10,000 of my terrible photos if it's that important to you! You can help keyword them while you're at it
  8. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    for every good one you take delete a bad one... oh and start to delete the really bad ones sooner... really... cull the bad ones straight away... the missed shots, the out of focus, shots of your feet, the focus tests and the HDR tests, or the focus tracking 10 fps tests, the lens tests, the brick walls... we all have vast chunks of useless garbage in our photo libraries


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  9. TucsonLawrence

    TucsonLawrence Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 24, 2013
    Lawrence Richards
    checked my shutter count recently... 40K... in 11 months... (one big vacation though...)

    I probably have 100 "keepers".... proving I am doing photography via the 1000 monkeys with 1000 typewriters method...

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  10. fortwodriver

    fortwodriver Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 15, 2013
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Are you sure they're all bad? I don't believe it. Perhaps some may just need some "juicing" with effects and contrast/colour play?

  11. zathras

    zathras Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 13, 2014
    Waikato, New Zealand
    Chris Nielsen
    Well....... I shot with my D90 a lot and now I have the EM1 / 12-40 / 45 1.8 the photos I took with the D90 look blurry to me. I suspect that the sensor had a film on it because just after I got it I had to send it back because the autofocus failed. Turned out to be a dirty AF sensor. That's right next to the imager, I just wonder if it was oily or something? Also I shot 99% film for 5 years and most of those images look terrible to me now. Anyway the net result is I have thousands of images that look awful to me, partly due to equipment and mostly due to me not knowing what the hell I was doing, with a few dozen ones that are ok. Most of my favourite aviation images now look blurry to me too. That's all fine with me because the EM1 has revitalised my interest and the gear I have is finally not the limitation.


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  12. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    Bugger! I was contemplating a bit of a story on what people wear when camping, something like 'Feets of Endurance'.

    And so I did.
  13. Klorenzo

    Klorenzo Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 10, 2014
    Try work hard in photoshop (fix WB, heavy crop, B&W, hard contrast, artistic filters, etc.): you could find a diamonds in the rough, if not...well, you did a good PP exercise.

    Save a few on them and throw anything else on a DVD so that you are never going to see those again for a few years.

    Pro tip: use continuous shooting for you first 10.000 picures: you'll get there faster :) 
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  14. zathras

    zathras Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 13, 2014
    Waikato, New Zealand
    Chris Nielsen
    yeah except when I go back and look, my first reaction is "yuck, I really sucked back then", back then being anything earlier than last month, I think!
  15. Klorenzo

    Klorenzo Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 10, 2014
    It's a dirty job, but somebody's gotta do it
  16. banj911

    banj911 Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Aug 12, 2014
    NSW Australia
    Bennet Duhig
    I'm a shocker when it comes to deleting shots. My iPhoto library is at 70000 and counting!
    BUT, when they come at random on the screen saver, I sometimes find the kids just sitting and watching the old photos roll around.
    They are moments in time that spark memories, and discussion, and laughter and love, especially the endless baby shots. Yes they may be crappy and sugary sweet, but still worthwhile I reckon. (which is why I have 4 copies of everything!!)
  17. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter Subscribing Member

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Your first thousand are you worst. Your next ten thousand are your worst as well. And so on.
  18. snkenai

    snkenai Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 5, 2010
    After 50+ years of clickin', I am not much more satisfied with my results, than when I first began, with the Brownie 620 box, and it's hair pin shutter. Perfection is never reached. So, we're never satisfied. We always strive for something more. It is growth. Quit being dissatisfied, and you quit growing. And, it's time to put away the cameras.

    I cull viciously, as I download to the computer. I don't want to come back and wade through the mess later, when I'm looking for a certain shot. Later, I cull again.

    I recently received a SD card with the pictures of my daughter's wedding, from two years ago. It contained the combined shots from the "photographer", as well as four family members. Nearly 2000 pictures. I have begun "thinning" them. Big job. But what do I, or any one else, need with so many repetitive shots of one event.

    My digital photos occupy only 12-15 gigs on my drive. My wife has another 16-18.
  19. RobWatson

    RobWatson Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I've pondered this a bit ...

    When the years pass and my fame and glory continues to rise at some for off distance point in history all the old crappy photos will be "rediscovered" and released as a "Lost Treasures" portfolio then everyone will see what a fraud and hack I've been. My final tweak to posterity!

    So, no culling for me. Think of all the free time I'll have.
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  20. yorik

    yorik Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Dec 23, 2013
    Scotts Valley, CA
    Shot's of my feet? I love the shots of my feet! :biggrin:

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