It’s interesting to see people talk about how many “keepers” they have, and even as a function of time.
Want to know what my keeper rate is? 100%. Yep, all of them.
But then I don’t have quite the numbers of photos that some here have. I went on a two week holiday last April and came back with 772 which are the only photos I took that month (I have monthly folders). Then again, in January 2020 I have 522 photos and 501 of those were taken in the space of a few hours one day.
The reason I keep everything is hinted at above — I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t change their mind over time as to what is worth keeping. Most often you hear about deleting more photos as time passes, but what about those photos you delete now and maybe later you wouldn’t have? After switching to PhotoLab I’ve been so impressed by the quality I’m getting I went back and reprocessed 100 images from 5 years ago … and picked 16 further photos from that event to publish for the first time.
And then there is the history aspect. What if you take a slightly blurry photo of someone that’s not a “keeper” but it turns out to be the last photo ever taken of them? You know when someone dies in tragic circumstances and the photo you see of them in the media is blurry and crooked? People who aren’t serious photographers don’t even think about deleting photos, and it’s just as well. You might think “ah, but these 10 photos are basically identical, so I only need to keep one” but are they? Maybe in one shot there is something in the background that has a significance only discovered later.
Finally… disk is cheap. It’s relative, sure, but it’s cheaper than it has ever been. Unless you are taking hundreds of photos every day, it shouldn’t be that expensive to keep them all. I have over 38,000 photos stretching back 16 years, have been shooting exclusively in RAW for 9 of those years, and it’s just over half a terabyte.
So yes, I would like PhotoLab to be snappy when viewing lots of photographs.