What do you do with all the 'extra' pictures you collect?

san fran park and houses sunny - san fran park and houses sunny day, taken from bus
@rhinoboy (2129)
February 22, 2007 7:20am CST
As a novice, I take multiple photo's of everything. This helps me get a good selection of pictures for albums etc. I often print and frame, or create printed albums for the 'pick of the bunch' from holidays / occasions etc. I obviously delete any pictures that are extensively blurred or poorly exposed, beyond photoshopping repair. My question really concerns pictures like the one attached. Many of these are holiday (vacation) pictures that I don't have the opportunity to re-take. They aren't great shots but aren't terrible either. They serve just as good for memories as the successful pictures, but i wouldn't put them in an album. Over the years I have amassed hundreds upon hundreds of these pictures, which I only ever look at while I'm reorganising files, or sitting through hours of slide-shows on the computer. Do you have many of this type of picture? Do you keep them, or ruthlessly delete anything that isn't a really good pic? Do you have any good ideas on what I could do with them? Thanks in advance!
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@wolfie34 (26789)
• United Kingdom
9 Mar 07
When I went on a 5 week tour of Scotland only last year I took my digital camera with me, so I able to download all my pics onto my computer and now that Boots have the facility to be able to print out pictures. I do not have a printer at home. Scotland is truly magnificient and I took some wonderful shots of lochs, mountains and the glorious coastline. It's good to have memories. Have you thought about doing your own blog? Then you could publish all your wonderful pictures on it, so other people can appreciate your photos?
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@rhinoboy (2129)
16 Mar 07
I had thought of doing a blog, but never have the time to write or update one. (I normally only surf during down-time at work!!) I also thought that the space was restricted on blog pages? I would like to get one going, even if only to get a few more pennies through affiliate programs etc. Thanks for a great suggestion. If I get one going, I'll be sure to give you the address!
• India
23 Feb 07
extra - i will delete it from my database
I love to see but when unnecessary i will delete it from my database
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@rhinoboy (2129)
23 Feb 07
i suspect that I may delete a number of duplicated pictures to save space. Thankyou.
• Turkey
23 Feb 07
I have just finished catolgueing my old photos to burn to CD. I'm the same as you lots of photos which aren't brilliant but hold many memories and don't want to delete them. Unfortunately I don't do anything with either, I had thought of making a calender with some of them or printing a few as postcards but not got around to it yet. Maybe you could do something like this and pass them a pressies to relatives? Anyway just a little idea of mine, hope you find something to do with them.
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@rhinoboy (2129)
23 Feb 07
Thanks for sharing those ideas. I may make some of them into gifts for relatives showing happy times that we shared.
• India
23 Feb 07
I do not take much extra pictures while doing reel photography, unless my object is something unique. That's because, reel photography costs a lot, due to limited number of films in a reel, and I cannot afford to waste films on one object. But while doing digital photography, although I can see the photo I have taken, but still, I make sure that I have taken enough snaps of the object, so that i can choose among the many snaps, a best snap. After choosing the best snap, I sometimes delete the rest of the photos, or share them with my friends and relatives. Now, I generally do not share the good snaps, as they are my assets. Therefore while sharing I generally tend to use those extra snaps.
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@rhinoboy (2129)
23 Feb 07
Thanks for replying. Why don;t you share your best digital pictures? They can be copied for free in seconds. You say that they are assets, would your friends or familt exploit them in some way?
• Philippines
23 Feb 07
i have so many pictures stored in my computer, which i don't intend to delete even if it doesn't look good to put in an online album. I store it in Picasa. I don't know, maybe i am way too much sentimental on things. I can't show it to other people, but i can look at it anytime because it has memories with it, even if it is not a great shot.
@rhinoboy (2129)
23 Feb 07
That's exactly the type of picture I'm talking about. They're not great shots that i would show off, but they are much too good to delete. Unfortunately, all the responses so far offer good storage solutions, but nobody has yet offered any original ideas on something to actually 'do' with these shots.
@freesoul (3022)
• Egypt
23 Feb 07
With digital photography I delete all bad or similar photos but still end up with loads of average quality pics that are not as good as the top ones that I like to show.. I keep all these photos but usually I reduced them in size first as my 6 mega pixels camera has large files and keeping all photos in original size takes up a lot of space very fast.. also I plan to organize them some more and burn them to DVDs to move them away from the PC.
@rhinoboy (2129)
23 Feb 07
A friend gave me an external hard-drive which is great for storing mass data (my current camera is 5mp), but I think I should also backup onto discs just in case there is ever a problem with my backup drive.
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
22 Feb 07
I use Microsoft XP and creat folder for my pictures. I deleat the photos that are not clear or totally off the mark. I save all my photos and I learned when my sister in law was viewing my photos and wanted some that I would consider not my best work. It was a sequence ofmy son going out to the store during a major snow storm. she had them printed and framed for my wife as a present. My wife loved what she did by matting andframing them. Moral of the Story...buy another hard drive to save your extra photos. My sister is a History Buff and has collected old photos that my father took and some of them he did not consider them his best work but kept them. Now 50 to 70 years later we can enjoy them and remember. One was a field of dandilions. My mother asked why he kept it andhe said it looked interesting at the time. Later that field was the site of one of the first large modern malls, in their day, now it is the site of a Super Walmart. We have a peice of the history of the community that we can share with great grand children. Keep all the photos you may never know when it will become important. How many people thought of their vacation pictures of New York City would be of historical importance if they were taken before 9/11?
@rhinoboy (2129)
23 Feb 07
That's an interesting point you raise. I have some really bad pictures that I took as a child of the view over the valley we live in. They clearly show the two power stations that were demolished about 15 years ago. It is amazing to see how things change over the years and have a record of how your area used to be. Do you think it will be the same in the future, as almost everyone has a camera now?
@Willowlady (10665)
• United States
22 Feb 07
Since we went to pictures on CD and now the digital camera we only have some pictures in a metal box to refer back to if we wish. The pictures on line are held in our Kodak and the keepable ones head to Photobucket. I like them at photobucket since they do not take up personal computer space. Slows it down if they are on the computer itself. Photobucket is nice since you can make different folders etc. Good for organizing and accessible anywhere. Hope this gives you a couple of ideas for your pictures.
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@rhinoboy (2129)
22 Feb 07
I don't really find that the data stored affects the performance of my computer, but it's definitely a good idea to keep a copy of my pictures online. I had thought of keeping CD copies at family members houses incase we ever have a fire or burglary, but online is also a good option (if I ever bother getting broadband instead of dial-up!)
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• Canada
24 Feb 07
I keep all my photos , at a later date this picture might be useful or you realize it is better than you think.
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• China
23 Feb 07
Yes, I always delete those those blurred or exposed pictures unless they are precious or have something worth to remember. I suggest you do as what you did before. It is okay.
• Japan
23 Feb 07
hi, i love to take many pictures.i am living in abroad.whenever i go outside,i used to have digital camera with me and i used to take many photos of beautiful sites.then i will make it as a album and i will send it to my parents.they all enjoy a lot by seeing our pictures.even i used to watch my photos whenever i get free time.it is very interesting to see our photos after some days.
@Pigglies (9335)
• United States
10 Mar 07
I don't delete them. I don't delete anything though. You'd be surprised all the uses you can find for them. Let's say you have a photo that's too far to one side, well you could put text on the other side or something. A blurry photo can be made lighter and used as a background for something. I have over 20,000 and probably well into the 30,000 range by now, photos. I rarely print any. I probably have 100 to 200 prints of digital photos. But I still don't delete them.
@rhinoboy (2129)
16 Mar 07
I have plenty of storage media, so i guess I could just keep on adding to my collection and put off the decision on what to do with them!
@ricknkae (1726)
• United States
23 Feb 07
I, personally, tend to erase a lot of pictures sine I have had my digital camera. With the standard "old" film cameras I would only display in the album the best and keep the others in a box ... Now, with the digital pictures, since I upload them all to my computer when my card is full I tend to keep them all. BUT I sort them out : I pick out the best ones to print out on photo paper to put in an album or to frame and after that I burm them ALL to a CD with the name of the occasion on it ... It is a good way to keep them all without taking too much spae on your hard drive ... thus you can only keep the best ones on your computer but all of them are available somewhere for future reference if one day you want them I hope it helpt ... good luck
@rhinoboy (2129)
23 Feb 07
I have an external 80gig hard-drive that plugs into the usb socket. I back up to that occasionally, but I think I should do that more regularly and backup to CD-R's too.
@ptlof5 (6)
• India
23 Feb 07
i do nothin with it