The Drag of Photography, choosing what to keep

Some photography tasks are a drag. Not the first one: it’s so easy in the moment to press the shutter … and keep pressing the shutter … and press it some more for good measure.

BUT

although a quick flick enables the excited sharing of a few pics on social media all those frames invariably get forgotten. Another occasion happens … and then another … and yet more. Before you know it there are more photographs on your device than grains of sand (well it starts to feel like that anyway).

How about dealing with them shortly after taking them? Backing them up?

“Aargh” I hear you say, “I haven’t got the time”

Our judgement is clouded and hundreds of images languish on electronic devices or in ‘the ether’ until finding that particular one – “I know it’s here somewhere” – becomes an uphill drudge. Real time interaction is suspended, while everyone waits for the photograph of a past occasion to be found. And everyone loses a chunk of the time they had been presently enjoying.

“I’ll sort them one day, for now they’re safe”, you say. And then one day happens: an electronic device fails; an online App is no longer serviced; a social media account is hacked. The cloud bursts and all those photographs – including the few ‘special ones’ amongst the thousands – are gone forever.

Capturing moments should not end with the pressing of the shutter. Drag or not, it is so important to properly edit our images. By edit I don’t mean enhance them or add filters. I’m referring to sifting through them; getting rid of the duds; selecting the best; placing them in folders and ensuring they are backed up … shortly after they are taken. Then we can really enjoy our photos. (Don’t forget to print the really important ones too).

Manufacturers have made taking of photos accessible to everyone nowadays. We’re wowed by larger image size; automatic focus; easy to use features; the ability to quickly upload to the internet, but so few people consider that taking the image with the camera is only the start of a list of tasks. 

If you really don’t have the time to care for your image archives I suggest one of two options:

‘Go light on pressing the shutter in the first place. Be satisfied with taking one or two shots only’ 

OR

‘Put your camera down all together, be present and simply enjoy the moment’

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  1. I’ve started enjoying the moment more than clicking the camera button. I suppose one gets like this when you have thousands of photos sitting on a hard drive waiting for something to become of them.

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