It wasn’t that long ago that storage space on digital cameras was precious enough that getting rid of images you weren’t sure about was part of the process. But with automatic uploading and high-capacity cards, is that even necessary any more?
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For more, the beauty of digital cameras has always been that you can take multiple versions of a shot to be sure you have a good one. That benefit comes with a responsibility though: you need to take time dumping the ones that don’t work. I’ve always had the habit of going through photos and dumping the unwanted ones, either in a spare moment on the road using the camera itself or on my computer when sorting and editing.
I was doing just that during a media trip for Panasonic’s Lumix launch last week when a fellow journalist suggested it was odd behaviour. “Nobody deletes anything any more — storage is cheap,” he said. He might have a point. Even on mobile phones with constrained capacity (hello, iPhone), I know plenty of people who store every single photo they own.
So I’m wondering: where do Lifehacker readers sit on this? Are you happy to simply keep everything, or is orderly sorting still part of your process? Tell us in the comments.