In matters of archiving and backing up images, there are the purists which claim to never delete ANYTHING, and there are those who will only keep the images that serve to tell the story.
I'm a specific breed where I basically subscribe to both camps - depending on the assignment.
If I'm on my personal project, no deadlines or turnover schedule to consider, I can afford to do whatever I want - look, admire, analyze, position myself, shoot, "chimp", re-shoot, do some in-camera editing, move on to the next shot.
Whatever amount of time I spend on location or number of images I come home with is mine to consider and deal with. Processing 15 or 1500 images, is my choice.
If I'm on assignment or covering an event of some sort, it's a different ballgame. Yes, I'll capture as much as I can but I'll be particularly meticulous about every single shot I capture as it's one more shot to sort and edit, as it adds to my overall post-processing workload. Any image that does not contribute my retelling of the story gets politely and unabashedly deleted.
(I hear the purists shrieking : "You -gulp- delete on the field?! Sacrilege!")
Yes. If you can't use it, lose it.
If you believe in your ability, both technical and creative and as long as your final images succeed in both those facets as they serve the one and true purpose of recounting both the event and experience - breathe and let the "spray and pray" crowd shoot, back-up and edit that images of the bride's toenail.
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Share your comments - I'd love to get your opinion:
Do you backup everything? Do you delete on the fly?
Have an image-worthy day