I was Glenn Fleishman’s guest on this week’s episode of The New Disruptors. We talked about how I ended up in the business of making iOS apps for clients, the current landscape of said business, app store pricing, customers and reviews, and a whole lot more.
Thanks! And yes, they both have their mother’s last name. And middle names are for suckers. I SAID IT.
Musicless Musicvideo — Blue Suede Shoes — By Mario Wienerroither
Musicless Musicvideo — Dancing In The Street — by Mario Wienerroither
I have a similar problem, and I’m terrible about deleting them. If they’re obvious garbage (blurry, total duplicate, bad lighting) I delete them right away, but I end up keeping the four extra versions of a good shot if they’re marginally different. The general cheapness of disk space these days has its drawbacks. I’d say the boundary is space more than anything else.
I organize things in a pretty simple fashion. My catalog is a series of collection sets—one for each year, one generic larger set for everything related to LA—with sub-collections for events or important groupings like our kids’ milestones:
When I import new photos, the first thing I do is drag stuff into appropriate collections. There might be crossover in the case of a photo of Oliver, for instance, where it will be in “Oliver, Year 2” and also “LA Apartment”. Once I drop everything into collections, I also flag photos I might want to edit and upload.
I have a few smart collections, the most important of which is the “flagged” collection. That’s where I do all my editing and posting from. If a photo is flagged, it either gets edited and posted or un-flagged if I decide I don’t want it to be public.
I could be much better about deleting photos I know I don’t need (like blurry shots, duplicates, alternates that didn’t work, etc), but I often don’t bother because hard drive space is cheap. If it’s an obviously bad shot, I try to kill it right after import. My entire Lightroom library is on Dropbox, so it’s backed up there. I also have a Backblaze backup as well as a physical backup here in the office.
Flickr (and 500px and Facebook) are my showcases, not my backups. I consider any of those temporary since Yahoo! could make the crazy decision to kill Flickr tomorrow (which would be horrible, but). I take backups very seriously because this data is the most precious thing in my digital life.
It might also be worth noting I have two Lightroom catalogs: This one, which is on my Mac Pro and contains nearly every shot from the past 6 years, and a separate mobile catalog which I use when I need to edit a photo from my MacBook Pro on the go (on vacation, from home, that sort of thing). Since I keep my collection on Dropbox and I don’t want the entire giant data set to be on my laptop, I selectively sync only the mobile catalog on my MBP.