Thursday, December 29, 2011

Don't Delete Photos

I've been taking photos for a number of years now and I would like to share some of my thoughts around deleting photos. I will not say that I am not guilty of deleting photos because I have and once I did it by accident, ouch, that one hurt. Recently I had purchased another photo editing software based on a recommendation and I started to tinker with it right away.

For some reason I decided to take a look at some photos I took in 2005 while we were in New Orleans. Here is an example of an image that at first glance does not seem like it is a picture worth keeping.

Then I took some time to look at this picture to see if there is anything I can do to make this a better picture. First thing I decided to do is crop the image to something that I consider more manageable. Using Photshop I cropped the image to get this …

I also adjusted the sharpness of this image in photoshop in the image above. I think it did justice to the texture of the buildings.

Next I tinkered with the filters in Smart Photo Editor and one of my favorites is the following image.

I posted most of my edits of this image on my Facebook page and used Twitter to promote the viewing of my images posted. Later I had a pretty interesting followup conversation with a Twitter follower @universe656, it went like this …

universe656 Gry Kristin Bråten
@TMSphotos Interesting to see what you can get out of a picture I would have deleted :)

TMSphotos TMS Photos
@universe656 I never delete photos. Seeing how technology changes and improves, you don't know what the future may hold.

universe656 Gry Kristin Bråten
@TMSphotos I agree, shall never delete anymore. The result of your pic is great :)

I contacted @universe656 to ask if I could use her name in this blog article and she agreed.

I really enjoyed that I was able to help someone rethink their options when it comes to deleting photos. If you think about this a bit more you will find that the cost of multi terabyte external drives are relatively inexpensive these days. Years ago I had stored images on multiple CD’s, then on DVD’s and now on multiple external drives. I remote store one drive in the event of an incident in my home.

For me a good photo is worth printing and displaying. For many of my other images, I study them to learn what I can do better next time I take pictures. You can think about it.

Additional Smart Photo Edit images are available on my Facebook Page if you would like to see more.

Enjoy Life, Take Pictures!

BTW ... On Twitter I am @TMSphotos ... I am always willing to connect with photographers.  You are also welcome to follow my Blog here. I try to share knowledge, information and experience of my photography.

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