Lightroom: Deleting Photos
There are two type of photographers:
- The photographer that keeps everything. Out of focus, fuzzy, failed panning, the Eiffel Tower sticking out of the head…
- The photographer that deletes everything that is not worth at least one star. World tour: 6 month and only 125 photos to show for it.
I tend toward the second type of photographer, but I control myself better. I recently did a “one month” trip to the Eastern Arctic, my keepers amount to 192, but I only delivered 78 photos. These are the ones delivered to the client.
My flow is:
- I check the focus, sharpness… I do not use Lightroom since I have to import them and I do not want to import anything that is out-of-focus, fuzzy… Most of the times, I use AfterShot Pro from Corel which allows me to view the images without importing. Sometimes, I use Faststone or IrFanView. And then I delete these out-of-focus, fuzzy… photos.
- I import all the other photos in Lightroom., build the 1:1 previews…
There are 2½ ways of deleting photos in Lightroom:
- The “wrong” way: Press the
Deletekey > Select
Delete from Disk. Actually, it's not really the wrong way, but that's not the “good” way.
- The “right” way: Press the “
X” to flag the photograph as
Rejectedthen move on to the next photo. And next until the next
Rejected… When I'm done
Rejectingall my photos, I filter my photos with the
Rejected. Then I can review the photos before I really delete them.
Lightroom: Viewing Photos Marked as Rejected
Sometimes, I just flag the photos as rejected and do not delete them. They sit, sit and sit. I wimp, to delete or not to delete… aka wimping. Then eventually, I bite the bullet and
Delete Rejected Photos...