Photo Shoots: NEVER throw ANYTHING away

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: December 10, 2015

Category: General

These past few days I’ve been having a good look through the past year’s catalogue of pictures that I’ve taken with a view to putting together some kind of end of year wrap up in form of a blog post or maybe even a slideshow. It’s sure feels to have been a successful year for me, probably my most productive in terms of the number of images added into my portfolio and without question this is down to something I tend to mention quite a bit (but for good reason) … Personal Projects.

Anyway this isn’t a post about that, but it is about how through experience I’ve learned NEVER to throw anything away; all those outtakes, all those shots where maybe a light didn’t trigger, set up shots and all, I keep the lot because you can guarantee at a later date when you take time to look through them you’ll find a few gems that, at the time you didn’t give a second thought.


Of course nowadays with digital storage being so vast and having come down in price quite considerably, it doesn’t have to break the bank to store literally thousands upon thousands of files, so if you’re not already, I highly encourage you to do the same and maybe not be so hasty with the delete button.

Two files I came across this past couple of days, that didn’t make the cut when I first took them, are the ones I’ve added into this post. If I’m honest I guess it’s because they weren’t the intended shots from the shoot but were inbetweeners if that makes sense. Anyway, now I’ve seen them again I kind of like them; not sure they’ll make it into the portfolio, but then do they have to? The main thing is I like them right?!? 🙂


So what about you? When was the last time you had a good scout through some old files from earlier shoots? Maybe now could be a good time to do it and end the year with even more images added to your own portfolio. If you don’t throw anything away who knows what could be there?

Have a good one and I’ll catch you back here next time.

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