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09-07-2009, 03:21 AM   #46
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QuoteOriginally posted by ChrisPlatt Quote
I get two keepers per shot, but only when I order double prints.

Are they both exposed correctly or do you PP one or the other?
I throw all mine back, I'm a sport shooter only.
Thats mighty sporting of you. Leaves me a better chance of catching a good shot!

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Been shooting for 4 decades, haven't had a keeper yet..... but I'm not giving up trying!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
I use ratings in my cataloging program, which allows me to identify several levels of "keepers":

- First, I should mention I may delete some in camera if they are out of focus, badly under/overexposed, and I have an obviously better shot of the same subject. But by this definition, it's probably 90-95% keepers.

- Once imported to my computer I have some pictures I'll rate "1" - my lowest rating. I usually end up deleting these when I'm done.

- The ones I rate "2" don't get deleted, but I don't bother doing an PP or even generating any JPEG's from these. They get cataloged and archived, that's it. These are "keepers" only in the most literal sense of not actually being deleted. Maybe 80-90% of what comes off the camera.

- The ones I rate "3" or higher are the ones that get any attention at all, then. I may do some PP, and I'll definitely generate JPEG versions - medium resolution, big enough to view full screen or print 4x6, small enough that I can have as many as I want on my laptop internal drive forever. These are keepers in the sense that these are the images I actually have on my computer and have available to look at. This is maybe 30-40% of what I shoot.

- The ones I rate "4" or higher are the ones I think are special enough to post or otherwise share with others. I'll share some 3's sometimes if I think someone might be interested enough in the subject itself to want to see images not special enough to otherwise merit a 4. The 4's are the top 10%.

- Someday I plan to go back through my older images and identify a few as 5's - these are the ones that I still think about and can still see in my head years later. I've seen no point in giving anything this rating during my initial rating period (which is usually during my first viewing of the images), but the idea of going back and letting the test of time tell me which deserve 5's is appealing. This would be *way* less than 1% - I'm thinking on the order of 1 in several thousand.

What he said. I couldn't have written down the way I approach this issue any better myself. Although I'm probably going to cull through my older images sooner rather than later since as of today I am the proud papa of a new 27" iMac.
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Keepers as in "gotta keep this one" is very low for me:

example: 200 shots taken over a period of a few days:
- at least 100 will be deleted right off the bat because of poor technique, focus, etc ...
- of the remaining 100, 50 to 60 will be just "stored as is" in RAW because maybe I will go back to scrutinize more carefully.
- 40-50 left ... about 10 or so "showable" and maybe, if lucky, one or two "keepers".
.... summarizing: 0.5 to 1 % "keepers" on my better days!



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