Another terabyte, please.

My philosophy when it comes to photography: shoot as much as you can. Storage is cheap, so you can afford to shoot ninety bad pictures and ten good pictures instead of nine bad pictures and one good picture.

So it’s interesting to see the numbers coming out of Sports Illustrated’s Olympics team. Over the course of the Olympics:

  • The SI team shot over 300,000 frames;
  • Of those, the staff deleted 283,000 (!) and kept 17,000;
  • Of those, the editors selected 1,046 as “super selects”;
  • Of those, the director of photography picked just 135 as the best-of-the-best.

We’ve come a long way since the bad ol’ days of 24-exposure film.

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