I think deleting the original images is a Very Bad Idea. Just how big are they? 10-20-30-50-100 MBs each? Even at 100 MBs each that is only 1.2GBs in a world where 500 GBs drives are on the small size and 1-2-3 TB drives are the norm.
If you want to increase the free space on the internal drive of your computer copy/move them to an external drive but don't delete them.
Hey Just Shoot Me!
I understand. As professionals, we rarely ever want to delete originals. I have Three external drives.
For my personal photos, in the age of digital photography (unlike back in the day with film) If I take a landscape photo and then edit it to my liking, that is the final work of art, so to speak. I have no use for the original. If a hard drive crashes, I'll have the "final" photo backed up. There's no reason for me to keep originals in this case.
Quote "If a hard drive crashes, I'll have the "final" photo backed up. There's no reason for me to keep originals in this case."
If the Original is the raw file data then there should be no "final" photo backed up. Raw processing software is still being improved on a continuous basis. Adobe has moved from Process version 2003 to Process version 2010 to Process version 2012 and will possibly release Process version 2017/2018. Surely if you revisit a raw file from 2003 with the latest version of ACR/LR you can produce a superior rendition purely due to the updated processing engine.
What if another software provider produced a superior raw processing application to the Adobe application that you now use?
1 person found this helpful
Agreeing with https://forums.adobe.com/people/Just%20Shoot%20Me and DdeGannes, what you are proposing is a very poor practice. Furthermore, at least in my experience, I learn new editing techniques, and Lightroom is enhanced with new editing techniques, and when I look at my edits from 5 years ago, I find that I can edit those 5-year old photos to be better images than I created originally. And you can't do as good a job of editing if you have deleted the original. Lastly, any organizing you are doing in Lightroom requires the originals.
Ok I'm sold.
Perhaps then, is there an easy way to do this regarding TIFF files which are huge, like 150 mb? They were created for my HDR photos when I'd export to Photomatix and back into lightroom. Or, to photoshop and back. I have no need for the TIFF. A Jpeg is fine.
The raw bracketed photos I will say y'all
Also, thank you for your responses. They bring up an additional question: I shoot canon, which is a .CR2 file. I've always kept them CR2, and not converted them to .DNG. I'm not familiar with the different, as I had learned way back a DNG is a "digital negative." But RAW files (in Canon's proprietary case, CR2) is a "digital negative, is it not?
If I've learned incorrectly please clarify and correct me! I welcome it.