Deleting: The Hardest Part of Digital Photo Organizing

There’s something special about a beautiful image. And the great thing is that modern technology allows anyone, with any level of training, to take great, meaningful photos.

But what about all those extras that didn’t make the cut? And what about all the screenshots, reference pictures, or accidental camera clicks?

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This brings us to the hardest part of digital photo organizing — the deleting. 

Take a look at our set of rules for digital photo deletion, and free up your storage space for the shots that count.

  • Decide what you want from each photo. If you’re commemorating a great moment together, one or two group pics are fine; you don’t need 20. However, for other purposes, you may need several versions of one photo.
  • Be ruthless. Decide which picture from a group of semi-duplicates is the best, and junk the rest. Choose wisely, and then commit to your decision.
  • Make a guideline.  Ask yourself what you want to do with photos of sunsets, landscapes, blurry photos, exes, etc. Write down your answers and stick to them when you go through your photos to make it easier to delete.
  • Be smart when it comes to quality. Look for obvious errors, such as Dad’s closed eye in that group photo or Gran’s thumb on the camera lens in that picture she took. If you have a better shot, delete the mistakes.
  • Delete as you go along. It’s really annoying to have to go back and delete pictures from a couple of years ago. You are more likely to make good decisions if you get rid of extra pictures after each session.

These are just a few simple rules, but they can make all the difference when it comes to the pain of photo deletion.

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