Keeping Your Images Organized

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Because digital photography doesn't have a per-shot cost (as does shooting film), there is certainly a tendency to shoot more. And more. And more. Experimental shots, this-might-be-interesting shots, special effects shots, and (at least in my case) the same shot over and over and over again. They build up on your hard drive. (Who would have thought, even a few years ago, that a hard drive with a capacity of over 100 gigabytes could ever be filled up? Now, I'm not the youngest bull in the herd, but I remember backing up my hard drive to 3.5-inch floppy disks — and not that many of them either!)

It's pretty easy to stay organized after you choose a system. The hard part is actually deleting those digital photos that you really don't need to keep — you know, out-of-focus, shot at a bad angle, Aunt Betsy's eyes were closed and mouth was open, the 400th shot of the dogs sleeping all curled up, the 401st shot of the dogs sleeping all curled up, and the like. It takes discipline! (Or an optical drive that can burn CDs and/or DVDs.)

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