A recent post on here reminded me of something that has been bugging me for a while. I have somehow ended up with over 80,000 images in Apple Photos and I just don’t know where to start in order to curate this into a more meaningful collection.
Scared that I would lose collections of photos from old computers and cameras and phones, I at some point just dropped everything into Photos so that I knew for sure that they would be held locally and in the cloud. Now whilst the app is good at providing unprompted memories etc, I really don’t have any other organisational/tagging structure other than what is provided by the app, people, days, months, years, etc. Most phone phones will be geotagged, but most older or camera taken photos will not.
I even have another 18,000 photos that I lifted from my dad’s computers after he passed away last year and seeing these photos has really made me think hard about what I keep and what I don’t. For the most part, the majority of these photos are of no interest to me, many are taken by him of other people not known to me, and others are just not keepers. In fact, being perfectly honest there are probably much <500 photos that I will want to keep. Old photos he scanned in of family and some of himself.
So some initial questions/thoughts:
I am thinking of keeping Apple Photos as an Inbox for my iPhone photos, and then ‘moving back to Lightroom’ a curated collection of photos that I want to keep. I would be interested to hear of any Lightroom workflows people may have to curate such a large amount of photos.
I’m curious on peoples thoughts about the keeping of photos, especially those that are able to cull/curate and maintain a manageable amount. I’m guilty of taking ten photos for every one because of digital photography. In my youth I shot some black and white film and also transparency, and every shot taken was intentional as there was a cost to it.
I must have thousands of ‘average lansdscape’ and ‘travel’ photos that would be of no interest to any of my family when I pass, the same as I have no interest in the many many photos my father took. Should I keep all these and just archive them (never to be seen again) or should I let go?
I hope this post could start some interesting discourse on the subject of taking and managing and curating personal digital photo collections.