I imagine you are wondering why I took and am showing you the above pictures. The reason why I’m showing them is to illustrate a problem I have along with some potential changes that might be coming. No, not a medical problem. It is a storage problem.
I like to take pictures every day. Most of them get trashed and I don’t keep them since I only use them to practice different processing techniques. But I often keep them for potential future use to illustrate a post. Doing this daily in addition to my occasional large photo shoots of events, etc., generates many pictures each year and consume a lot of memory.
I took the above pictures this morning while I was having breakfast. I first just wanted to see how the Sony HX80 would work under the lighting conditions and what focal lengths I used. I took the first picture and that led to me capturing some different views.
The Sony camera I used to capture these has 20MP and my Fujifilm camera has 24MP. If I store raw files it adds up to a lot of memory. One thing I have done to reduce storage problems is to shoot and only store jpeg images. That has been a big help and hasn’t been a problem yet. Another thing I have done is to be a lot more selective of which images I keep, but sometimes that isn’t a prudent idea since I might later want a view that I trashed.
Practicing the above changes have helped a lot, but I am now wondering if I can reduce the number of images I store even more by taking and keeping fewer pictures. For example, why did I take the above pictures? I doubt that I would ever use them. For that reason, I am trying to decide on what pictures I will take this year. Can I decide on a few specific topics/projects and not make other pictures? I don’t know that answer nor do I know if I can even take fewer pictures since I seem to be addicted to making them; but I am still working on the idea of a few projects. To have that approach work, the projects need to be narrow in scope and I haven’t figured out what they might be.
Having this blog is also a factor. So far, I have been keeping all the pictures that are in my blog in two ways. I keep the original large MP image along with my LR adjustments plus I keep the downsized jpeg that I display in my blog. I might drop one of those copies, or I might post fewer images. I haven’t decided since that decision is tied to what projects I might pick, and to the following potential changes.
I might decide to print more books and give up the blog, but I might do both and change the nature of what I post. I don’t know yet.
There is another aspect to this problem that is related to the number and type of cameras and lenses I have. If I have them I use them, and that expands the range of different subjects I photograph. This story will be continued in a few months, but I am contemplating making a big reduction in the number of cameras and lenses I own and that will impact the nature and number of projects as well as whether I switch back to taking and storing raw images. I am considering reducing to one camera and one prime lens and that would alter what and how I photograph. If I do, it won’t be to reduce storage. It just impacts storage requirements and thus is a small factor. I’ll write later about the primary reason if I make this change.