Getting ready for Monterey Car Week!

Monterey Car Week 2018

Monterey Car Week starts this weekend with the Monterey Pre-Reunion!

The Monterey Pre-Reunion is a sort of practice session that kicks off the start of the week. Racecar owners and their teams could get laps in and dial in their cars for the fastest lap times. It’s a great opportunity to get really close to the action since it’s not as crowded as the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. In fact, it’s very similar to the Spring Classic series at Laguna Seca.

Of course, I’ve been getting ready for Monterey Car Week by tidying up my Lightroom Library! Plus, I got my Media Credentials in the mail! I’ll be shooting behind the fences once again!

See you there!

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Cleaning the Lightroom library!

Monterey Car Week is only a few days away!

I realized this as I returned from my week hiatus. So, naturally, I decided to start preparing my camera equipment and set about reviewing my Lightroom settings. It’s then that realized that my main Hard Drive was slowly running out of space. I have a massive 3 Terabyte Hard Drive I added when I first built my computer as a gaming rig in 2014. Now, only 500 Gigabytes were left. Because I shoot in RAW, I needed to find a way to free up space in my hard drive before the weekend! That’s when I had the idea of cleaning the Lightroom Library to see how much space my junked photos were taking up!

Boy, am I glad I did!

You don’t have to keep everything

Why keep all these rejected photos when you can just delete them?

When I first started cleaning my Lightroom library, I was apprehensive about getting rid of some photos. After all, I’ve got some great photos over the years and I can’t always publish all of them. But, the truth is that I haven’t revisited most of those photos AFTER I already published my favorites. It didn’t make sense to keep unpublished photos 2-3 years after the fact. Plus, the majority of those photos I skipped over because they were either a duplicate or they were throaways. So, I decided to take some of the Konmari method and start deleting old, unused, and rejected photos.

I’m not even halfway through the process of deleting the old photos, and I’ve noticed exactly how much space these unused and unpublished photos were taking up: When I started, I had about 500GB left on my 3TB Hard Drive. Now, I’ve got about 850GB free! I wouldn’t be surprised if I ended up clearing out another 500GB.

Nearly a Terabyte freed. I wonder how much more I can free up?

Lesson Learned

Clean your Lightroom Library! You have no idea how much space is wasted when you keep rejected or unmarked photos. If you’re not going to use it, it’s better off in the Recycle Bin.

Just don’t forget to clear that out too.

I’m back!

After a short hiatus, I’m back again! And guess what? I’ve just received my press pass for the 2019 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion!

The next couple of weeks are going to be the busiest I’ve ever been!

Another photo from one of my latest adventures. More coming soon!