Here are three reasons why you should keep fewer pictures:
- Reason #1: time to review – if you are sharing these pictures online or offline, think about your audience. How long will it take them to go through all these pictures? If it takes 2 seconds to review a picture, no offence but, will anyone want to spend 15 minutes going over the pictures of your trip? More than a minute to review your afternoon? And this is not counting the potential download times if you were to send them over the internet. Will you go over these 400 pictures next year and review them all? Is the idea of spending 15 minutes to look at pictures that you have already seen before discouraging enough for you not to look at them ever again? What if it took you 2 minutes instead of 15? Would you consider looking over them again? Probably.
- Reason #2: improve your photo skills – by filtering your pictures and keeping only the best ones, you will get used to thinking about the photos you will like best from the moment of shooting. You will also become more discerning about your photography. Next time, when you are out, you will already know and will try to shoot only those pictures that you think you will like afterwards. You will already visualize the outcome when taking the shot and that will impact the quality of your photos.
- Reason #3: post-processing effort – if you work on your pictures after uploading them onto your computer, performing a first selection with the best ones before processing will save you a lot of time as you won’t have to work on them anymore. Once adjusted, you can then perform another selection and keep the very few that are really good. This is time saved for you to shoot more.
Then, how many pictures is the right number of pictures? It depends but you can try the following: