So, when I had a film camera, I was restricted by 36 frames – which was a good thing and bad thing. Bad because I had to make a decision of taking pictures. Good because I was not inundated by pictures.
Then I moved to my first digital camera – a Kodak DX 6490. With film no longer holding me back, I was let loose on the world. I still remember the day – from 10 years ago – when I took 180 pictures in one day – an unheard number as I was still accustomed to measuring pictures taking in multiples of film rolls. The output that day was six rolls worth in as many hours.
The good and bad of digital photography.
The good was that I was no longer restricted by the medium. I could take as many pictures as I wanted. I could also take in the same scene with different settings. again no restrictions. bad because I spent less time in choosing the scene. Hence I the number of pictures in my collection started to grow. In about 10 years, I crossed the figure of 30K pictures or so. obviously, not all of them were retained. many were deleted as they were not fit for purpose.
Then I made the next transition to the DSLR. And my shooting habits have worsened. I have managed to cross 40K pictures in three years.
An example. On a recent weekend trip, I took around 850 pictures. Then in a span of half an hour, I took around 220 pictures of two birds – greater coucal – that had alighted on a tree near my house. Now I have to process all these images. I also know that I will end up discarding more than 2/3rd of the images. Why so many pictures? Particularly in the case of nature photography, by the time you compose the shot and press the button, the subject will have changed and what was in focus ends up not being in focus in the image. So I need to take many pictures, of which some will be the ones as you want them. Others will differ sightly and can be discarded. For a casual observer, all pictures look same – more so on a mobile screen. Only at 100% magnification are we able to make out the differences between the selects and the rejects.