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| p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Anyone else having trouble with "pack-ratism"? :) |
It's not laziness unless you're also blessed with an abundance of spare time as well as your spare image files.
Intermediate tif files ? Sounds like a candidate for the trash bin. Why ? Because there isn't a single image file that I have from several years ago that doesn't convert at least as well and probably better on modern software than it did on old software, and because my knowledge and skill of conversion and editing is superior to what it was several years ago. By implication, the old .xmp files are junk too.
Chances are that anything you produced years ago can be done better today, so unless there was a huge amount of time involved or the image has special significance, you can afford to scrap the unnecessary files or at least downsize them to smaller files.
I guess you have more than one option. One is to save and archive files that you'll possible never look at again, and another is to keep them alive in your ever growing library so that with a program such as Lightroom you can always find them should you ever want to. Labels, ratings, keywords, collections, metadata and of course folder names can all be used to help manage your library without deleting images.
A greater problem, I think, is managing the many near-duplicates of good images. Delete them ? Edit them ? or just archive them as is ? I think I'll go for the archive option and rely on the good, edited images to point me to the near duplicates via metadata searches should the need arise.