Photo Overload: Both Good And Bad
from the only-if-you're-pushing-them dept
One of the nice things about digital photography is that it’s easy to take multiple shots of something to make sure you really get the right shot. One of the downsides about digital photography is that it’s easy to take multiple shots of something so you end up with what seems like a million photographs of the same thing. It’s pretty common, these days, to receive a ton of photos emailed, or receive a link to an online photo album that is made up of so many photos it’s nearly impossible to look through them all. That’s leading many to pine for the good old days of fewer photos, and begging people to cull their own photographic collections. However, some people embrace the “more” ethos, and think that throwing out any photo is a bad idea. What it really comes down to is a question of how the photos are presented. Pushing too many photos is a pain. There’s nothing wrong with saving every photo, or making all those photos available, but people should also think about presenting an edited down album that just shows the highlights (maybe with links to “additional photos of this nature”). The problem isn’t that people are taking (or even showing) too many photos. They’re just not learning to present them in the appropriate manner for the occasion. In fact, with the rise of cameraphones, and new uses of photos, what people really need is more control over organizing and presenting photos, rather than forcing people to completely cut out photos.