I enjoy taking photos. I like editing and creating my own little pieces of art. But making art is messy, in my case, it is a digital mess. I’m a tidy person. While I don’t mind my photo files looking like someone is working, I don’t want my space to be a digital disaster area. Part of cleaning actually starts at the beginning as I am importing files. I keep my files organized in folders which are labeled with the date and the location of the shot. I edit some shots right away, others I throw away right away. The majority spend several months sitting in a folder. I find it helpful to have to some time pass before I do a deep clean of any folder. When I deep clean, I look more critically at each photo. I’m deciding if I really want it to be taking up disk space. Everything that is deemed not disk space worthy is sent to the trash can:
It gives me a great deal of satisfaction to do this type of cleaning. If they aren’t already, surviving files are tagged, making them easier to find in the future. As far as when any file gets a final edit, I am much less structured about that. Some have had final edits the day or so after they were shot. Some wait for months or even a year. I’m not worried about rushing that part of the process, keeping my good files organized makes it easier to come back to them when inspiration strikes.
As for the photo above. I took several shots with my iPhone of the screen. They have been imported into Lightroom. The version I liked best I opened in Photoshop and made a duplicate layer. The top layer was converted to black and white. I then put a mask on that layer and painted to reveal just the blue below. Do you like this edit? Do you feel lighter after you have cleaned out your digital files? I honestly do. Feel free to leave a comment below.