Join Russell Viers for an in-depth discussion in this video Rejecting vs. deleting, part of 11 Tricks for Faster Photo Processing with Bridge and Photoshop.
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Now when you going through your pictures, its going to happen, you're going to have pictures you just don't like. And you look at this picture thinking, why in the world did I ever take this, alright? So I am just going to hit my Delete key and whether you are in Full Screen mode or whether you're, you're just in Regular Thumbnail mode, it doesn't matter, it's going to ask you, do you want to Reject this file or Delete it? And this is really an important question and I, I personally would never ever choose that unless you are positive that you're going to do the same thing or I might do that if I just had a policy where I never delete anything.
I always reject, but I'm going to Cancel this because I want to, I just want to throw something at you here. You know, sometimes when you're photographing, you know a sporting event, there's no question you get some really lousy photos. You get the grass, you get blur, you get the referee jumps in front of the camera. You just never want to see that again. In that case, I probably would delete it, just delete it, its gone, you just move that file to the trash. It's in my trash can, I'm never going to see that again. But, if it's just a picture of somebody or something that it's not great, instead you can reject it.
Alright, now I'm going to go back to Thumbnail view and you can see it says Reject there so it doesn't really feel like it deleted. But if I go up here to View and I turn off Show Reject Files, now when I select something and delete it. Quote delete it, really I'm going to reject it here. Now it's gone, I don't see it. So it's out of my way, so it kind of feels like I'm deleting it. So, so yeah that's nice, but then when you ever need to, you can always go View > Show Reject Files and all those come back up, and you can look through them.
I've actually had it happen, where I've photographed an event that had lots of kids and I rejected, not deleted a lot of the pictures of kids that I just didn't feel were good enough to put up on the website. And I've had parents call back saying hey, you don't have any pictures of my kid on the website. And I said well they weren't all very happy in the pictures that I have of them and they said, well can I have them. Sure, all I have to do is go to View > Show Reject Files, and there they are. And then I can take that picture and email it.
I might want to change the Rating so that they don't think, that I think that their child is a reject. (LAUGH) We wouldn't want to have to deal with that law suit, but regardless, we can reject them so they're always there. Or if it's a picture you just never want to see again, Delete it, it's gone. It's in the trash, and when you empty the trash, you'll never have to see that picture again.
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