Monday, June 21, 2010

Dear ____________ [insert your name here],

Edit your fucking photos!

Look, I love my digital camera just as much as the next person.  It's so nice to instantly see whether or not I got the picture I wanted.

However, that doesn't mean I need to keep five attempts of the same shot.  It also means I don't want to see your five attempts at the same shot.

Just because it's a picture--and it's a picture you took--doesn't always mean it's worth saving or sharing.  Whether or not it's a flower, your precious child, or a lousy shot, doesn't mean you need to hold onto it.  Nor do you need to share them all with everyone.

I like looking at people's pictures, but I really loathe it when people waste my time by sharing 50 photos when 10 would have sufficed.  I don't really care if your child moved an inch on the play mat but otherwise still looks exactly the same as the first shot.  I don't care to see your out-of-focus pet.  I don't care to see a plant from three angles, when one would suffice.

It's nothing against you personally, but I'm starting to loathe looking at picture sets and albums.  Maybe I'm grumpy because I've been pulled into too many unnecessary timesucks.  Maybe I'm grumpy because I need to edit my own photos.  But this is a problem that we all need to work together to fix.  Are you in?

Your pal,


  1. I once saw an album of Aruba pictures that had 182 photos in it. Only 2 people were in any of the pictures.--Shelley

  2. OMG! Totally agree. People don't know how to edit themselves at all. A.'s folks are always going to political events, then they force us to look at all the pics and videos. Seems like hundreds of shots of people I don't know, don't care about (they are relevant in another state, maybe.) Lots of backs of heads, and maybe a fuzzy, tiny "Al Franken," allegedly.