I have admitted that I have a problem, and thats the first step. When I take photos, I don’t delete. Not a single image, not the blurry ones, not the extreme over/under exposed ones. This mainly stems from the fear that a month, a year, 20 years down the line, I am going to need to find a photo of the backup tight end from the 2008 Knox College football team, because he is now head coach at Auburn; or something along those lines.
While this will only happen, .01% of the time, I never wanted to take even that big of a risk. But there is a bigger risk that I have ignored. The real issue of hard drive malfunction. I have started addressing the issue with online backup, but onsite duplications have been non-existant, besides the vital assignments (weddings, hired jobs).
Today I have started taking step two of addressing the issue. I am deleting photos. Tackling the 5 TB pile of photos that I have accumulated in the past 5 years. I have started with the eldest photos, going through methodically deleting duplicates and images that are of no quality to publish. This has been a bit painful, and even more time consuming. But I need the space, and I want to backup. This will take months, and I will be keeping my fingers crossed that nothing happens during that time.
Wish me luck, hopefully I won’t delete anything good.