Did anybody ever tell you they’d give you $100 if you ate iced cream? A gallon of it, after you just had a full meal? I’ve just finished the first cull of the pictures from last weekend’s fight night. It’s only down to 1700+ pictures, from the 2600+ I started with.
If you start with 3,000 pictures from an event and want to publish 50, you need to delete a few between point A and point $. This is done in stages.
- Shoot the pictures. If there is down-time on-site, carefully delete only the obvious stinkers you can see are bad on the camera’s LCD
- Backup the files
- First cull: delete any too-blurred pictures or any that show women in an unflattering pose.
- Second cull: delete duplicates that are not as good as the better of the set, begin marking the better pictures.
- Third cull: You know which ones are good, and you probably won’t delete them. Be vicious now. Delete all but the very best images because you’re almost to
- Selection: Pick about 2% of the total images shot, for publication.
All this takes . . . a while. This is the reason I can’t get you your wedding album within a week. I’ll be deleting pictures for three days, at least!