Today, all cameras have a motor drive that can take at least 3 photos per second, some as many as 12 frames per second. 64Gb memory cards are becoming common place, that’s 2200 photos per card for a full frame camera (except for .
What are the keepers? Those are the photos that awe the customer. The keepers are the photos you want to keep 10 years down the road. The basic question is: “How do to find the keepers?”
I take out the compact flash card from the camera and insert it in the card reader. Then I copy all the photos from the CF card onto a directory on my local hard drive. Then I import them all in the WIP, Work In Progress, catalog.
I import all the photos. Then I start looking through the photos in the
- If the photo is out of focus at 1:2, I press X to mark the photo as rejected.
- If the photo exposure is so far out, I press X to mark the photo as rejected.
- If the person has the eyes closed… I press X to mark the photo as rejected.
- If the background is too bad… such as a lamp post sticking out from somebody’s head… I press X to mark the photo as rejected.
Setting the auto-advance:
Grid view >
Auto-Advance simplifies my life.
Then I delete all of the files marked as rejected with:
Lightroom: Delete all rejected photos
Second time around after having weeded all the “rejects”. Still in the
- Do I like this photo? Now and/or after some improvements? Press P to “Pick” the photo.
- Can this photo be rescued? The customer will want it. Press P to “Pick” the photo.
- Delete all the other photos.
Now I’m left with 10% to 25% of the photos that I took. Those are the photos that I will show to the customer.
Now in the
- Cropping. If the cropping doesn’t work then delete the photo.
- Set the Auto Tone. I’m amazed by how good it is. ½ of the times, that’s it. The other ½ of the times, it’s a good starting point.
These are the keepers.
- This prevents the Lightroom catalog from being bloated with junk.
- This prevents the user, you, from being swamped, overwhelmed by the quantity of photos.
- You will become a better photographer..
- People will think of you as a much better photographer.
When was the last time you went back to “also run” photos that are 5 years old? I don’t know about you, but me? Never. I can’t even sell them, so why bother unless there’s a sentimental value.