TO DELETE OR NOT DELETE ?

Like most pho­tog­ra­phers Michael Free­man has a very con­sid­ered re­sponse to the ques­tion of how much to delete or keep…

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What per­cent­age of shots do you delete?

I only delete out and out mas­sive er­rors. I shoot RAW, so there’s a place for the RAW files, and then there’s an­other place for the pro­cessed images. One of the things I re­alised a long time ago was that soft­ware will always im­prove and things that can’t be done at one point can be done later. For in­stance, if you have an un­der­ex­posed im­age that’s part of a se­quence it can still be use­ful. It doesn’t have to be in reg­is­ter be­cause the soft­ware can deal with that. If an im­age is slightly out of fo­cus, up to 20 pix­els, de­con­vo­lu­tion soft­ware will bring it back. As­tropho­tog­ra­phy is the prime ex­am­ple. If you can cal­cu­late what the lens did to turn a star dot into a small disc math­e­mat­i­cally, then you can re­verse-en­gi­neer that to the im­age to re­store the fo­cus. So why throw stuff away if it’s not do­ing any harm? Stor­age space is so cheap th­ese days.

Herd­ing yaks Nikon D3, Nikon 24-70mm, 1/100 sec, f/9, ISO 200

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