Post-processing images can take a lot longer than capturing images. I know I certainly don't have time to edit all the “good ones” after a full day of shooting. And once you have a couple thousand photos on your hard drive, how on earth can you expect yourself to remember which ones you wanted to come back to. I tackle these problems by creating a pool of “good ones” that I can come back to later. I use Picasa to organize my photos, so I created an album called “Process” that I toss the high-potentials into. This does four things for me.
- It relieves the stress of dealing with mass amounts of photos all at once.
- It allows me to keep tabs on the photos I like so I don't forget about them a week or two later.
- It gives me more choices of what to process when I get in one of my moods (i.e. I have to be in the right mindset to do a black & white, color, macro, busy, simple, etc.).
- It lets me sit on things for a while and further weed out the so-so photos, so I can focus on the better ones.
So if you don't already have a “To Do” list/pool/album/folder, you might consider trying it out. I've been doing this for about 6 or 8 months now, and I have over 300 images in the pool… half of which probably need to get out, dry off, and throw in the towel.