Hundreds and Thousands

Hundreds And Thousands by Caro Wallis

I took lots of photos recently at my daughter’s birthday party. Over 100 of them, actually. It’s the same story with recent holidays and trips out. A long weekend to France, 139 photos. Last year’s holiday to Menorca, nearly 240 photos. The challenge is sorting through them all, especially choosing which ones you’d like to print. Not to mention backing them up all up – a typical batch of photos from when we went to the Ardennes comes close to 1GB, and that’s from a relatively short trip.

When digital photography first became popular, it was a big selling point that you could shoot as many photos as you wanted, click click click. Which is still extremely useful for all sort of reasons. Great for being able to capture live events, or for press photography, or just for experimenting with different techniques. Nothing like as expensive or time-consuming as all that would be if you used film.

To get myself back into editing, sorting and printing, however, I think I’m going to try an experiment by limiting the number of photos I take to the old 24 or 36 photos that you used to get with each roll of film. The prospect of sorting through 20 or so photos is much more appealing than sitting down to a folder with over ten times the number of images to work through.

What are your thoughts? Do you also feel like you’re sometimes overloaded with images?

[Image: Hundreds And Thousands by Caro Wallis licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]