…a few hundred thousand actually
Please allow me to explain this confession in a little more detail. (In case you don’t know me yet or haven’t gathered this particular fact about me.)
I have discovered that I absolutely love photography.
It’s like an addiction. I spend countless hours on Flickr and Google+ browsing my contacts latest updates. I regularly purchase photobooks and subscribe to numerous photoblogs. I relish finding out information about different camera equipment and spend a prolific amount of time reading about different techniques both off and online. Each time I pick up a new photography toy I get an unexplainable thrill and eagerly await the opportunity to put all this theory into practice. (Let’s not even go into the financial implications of this particular affliction – for that’s a whole different blog post for another time.)
…but more than all this, I think I just love looking through the viewfinder and pressing the shutter button. Click.Anytime I go anywhere even remotely interesting the camera comes out and the addiction takes over. Click. Click. Click.
Which leads to my first immediate problem. The sheer volume of photographs I take means it can be months before I actually get round to looking through the RAWs in Lightroom and processing them properly. The ever mounting collections of images on my SD cards and harddisks can almost paralyse me for months.
This is exacerbated by the next problem, which is I find it hard to delete an image or write it off as a lost cause. I know instinctively the image may not be one of my best but that doesn’t mean I can leave it undeveloped or delete it.
Even a cursory glance through my Flickr photostream will reveal this facet about me. Every trip I go on furnishes me with a few hundred more photos to sort through at a later date. My Flickr account is a lost cause in this respect. It will forever be a travel blog for me documenting every minute detail of my camera based adventures. No matter how hard I try I just cannot edit the content down to make a concise portfolio.
Although the growing backlog of unprocessed folders intimidates me, it’s not like I don’t actually enjoy experimenting with each and every image in LightRoom or Photoshop… I love that aspect of photography too. It’s just that I increasingly struggle to find the time to do it properly and suspect if I was a little tougher on myself it wouldn’t actually get to this point.
So where do I go from here? I’ve diagnosed the problem. What’s the treatment?
I don’t know the answer or if I can ever be truly cured but hopefully this site is one of my first steps to recovery.It is my hope that by creating this more defined exhibition space, it will at least allow me separate the Travelblog photos from the Portfolio and give the better images their own room to breathe.
The end of the year is rapidly approaching and my new years resolution or aim for the future is to take less photos overall, but for the photos that I do take to be better.
less quantity, more quality.
Wish me luck.
How about you? Any other avid photography fans out there? How do you reign in your shutter impulses and how do manage you find the time to fit it all in?