I enjoy taking pictures. I even like to tag the pictures I take and have spent a good amount of time going back and tagging old pictures (forward from 1999 to about 2004 and backward from early 2007 to 2005, with much of the ones since 2007 done as well). What I don’t really like is culling my photos — I have a hard time deleting photos that aren’t simply bad.
But worse than that (or so I thought) is trying to go through other people’s pictures, which is what I’m having to do now. I listed my self as available for volunteer photography at my kids’ school, but I’ve never gotten around to taking the required ethics class to be able to actually volunteer on campus. Instead (or possibly unrelated), my wife apparently volunteered me to a bunch of project photos from all of the classes (PK-8, 2 classes per grade) and make a video/slideshow out of them. Step one is to weed cull the photos and, as I mentioned, this is not an activity that I relish.
What I have found, though, is it is actually much easier than when working with my own photos. I don’t have any problem deleting a good photo if it doesn’t fit what I need or if it is effectively a duplicate. I also don’t feel the need to touch-up the photos — which is really a separate issue. Now I just have to actually get all the work done by Friday — Thursday would be better — as the video is needed for an event on Saturday and we’re leaving for Disney World on Friday.
Not gonna happen tonight, though — I’m going to bed.