Saturday, September 04, 2010

Discipline...even in photography

About a couple of months ago, I shifted to Digital Photography. Earlier, I used to shoot on film using my Nikon FM10. But because of the labour involved in getting the film developed or sharing these photographs over Internet, I chose to take up digital photography. Having bought a Panasonic FZ35, I have realised that I have shot more photographs in the last 2 months than I have shot in 5 years of film photography.
This comes with it's own set of problems. I now have hordes of pictures (and videos!) taken with different purposes at different times which should have their own life cycle. There are some really good pictures which I have lost already! Lot of junk pictures that are eating into digital real estate! So what now?
The answer seems to be lying in discipline...or workflows! Each picture or video should have it's workflow. They all should go through consecutive filtering and land up in different buckets based on classification criteria. How to decide these criteria is something very personal in my opinion. They can be genres, file types, processing levels, 'date taken' and so on. Backup mechanism, storage, archiving, online publishing, post-processing, RAW storage and god knows how many more things I will have to consider before 'disciplining' my photography.
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