3 Kinds of Photos that Should be Removed

3 Kinds of Photos that Should be Removed

It’s been a question for me ever since my 1tb HDD was full. Should I buy a new hard drive, or should I delete some photos to free up some space? Of course, I went with the second option (since it doesn’t cost any money). The second question is what photo should I delete since I have a ton of them. So the basic idea to do it is by choosing the photo that absolutely useless for me. So which photo is it? For me, I categorized it into 3 kinds of photos that should be removed.

3 Kinds of Photos that Should be Removed

The exact same photos

In photography, it’s hard to achieve a “perfect” photo in one shot. That’s why a lot of photographers did multiple shots as some kind of test and retest to finally get that perfect shot. Unless your lucky or a street photography (because it’s hard to get an exact same shot twice). But beyond that, it can’t be done another way.

One case, I shot 82 photos

For me to get a shot I want, I usually took at least 10 photos; check and recheck each shot; used a variety of method, and took another shot just in case. All of them for one perfect photo. That’s why my HD usually full with the exact same photo. But in the end, I only use 1.

So there you have it. The only reason I have many same photos is just as precautions in case that made a mistake. But there’s no need for me to keep all of it in the end.

Beyond Repair

Another one is a totally failed photo. It can be caused by many reasons, like blur or shaken. Basically failed photo mean any photo that can’t even be viewed.

There’s an exception though if that failed photo turns out to be inspiring you can keep it and use it somehow.

Hell, no!!!

Uninspired Photo

A photo gives you an idea of what you want to make or the other way around. But it’s not always the case. There sometimes a photo that you have no idea what to do or even what to shot for. Like a photo of your ceiling or photo of random stuff just because you want to try the camera. If you don’t have any idea to what to do with them, just delete it.

There also an exception to this. Inspiration not always come immediately. Sometimes it takes time. So if you still have enough room in your HD, you should keep. At least until you desperately need to delete it.

What am I suppose to do with this?


14 thoughts on “3 Kinds of Photos that Should be Removed

  1. I may be one on my own, but I like your last image of the skeletal building, and having seen how you post-process to create something very arty and different, I think you could turn this into something very interesting.

    1. You see, this is a subjective matter.
      This is a problem I think about. When we called something as a truly uninspired photo, we must actually believe that the photo is no use for us, no doubt at all. If there even a slightest of doubt, then don’t.

      For the photo you mention, I do not find it uninspired. Especially in my kind of photography. Maybe there is if I think photography in general sense. But not mine.

  2. After I read your post, I actually went through all 2197 photos on my phone ? and deleted according to your tips! I was left with 1285 quality snaps! ?Thank you for the inspiration and motivation ?

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