I got into shape over the holiday. Round. For the New Year I had planned to write about my photographic resolutions, but really they’re on track. Instead, my focus for 2018 is going to be health. Photography is a powerful tool, for New Years I was cast in the role of Brandy Pusskins, and sported a tight yellow crop top for the evening (don’t ask). The resulting photo was horrific. The photo has served a purpose and I am back on my pushbike and watching calories. While on the topic of slimming down, this is also the time I slim down my photo library.
I take a lot of photos, and a lot of photos swallow memory like a fat man with an ice-cream. Large files and shrinking space on the hard drive can slow your computer to a crawl, making editing and other tasks a chore. If you shoot RAW, this problem is compounded as file sizes are larger than their Jpeg counterparts. If you head out for a days photography it can be easy to return with 300+ photos, and let’s be honest, you are not going to keep them all. Deleting images that you don’t want is time consuming. However, there are two buttons that many people overlook. Here is a window into my Lightroom catalogue… be nice.
You can see two buttons.
The white flag on the left is for selecting the keepers, or photos you want to find fast. The dark button on the right, with the X in the centre is for the photos you wish to delete, you can see how this looks below.
Once you have select all the photos you wish to delete, head to the photo tab at the top of the screen. At the bottom of the menu you will see this…
If you are sure you do not want to see the photos ever again, select remove and trash photo. You will have just deleted all the photos in one go.
If you have used the white flag to select photos you wish to keep you can now view them here. Just change ‘Filter Off’ to ‘Flagged’.
Now if only I could find a way to slim down this quickly. Thanks of you filled out the survey, it means a lot to me. As always, if you enjoyed this article and found it useful let me know and I may write more Lightroom tips and tricks.