Written by Marjorie

Deleting a Picture? Think Twice before You Delete Images

Deleting a Picture? Think Twice before You Delete Images

We are celebrating Thankful Thursday with images that are less than picture perfect, but ones we treasure for different reasons.

With the development of digital SLR cameras, camera ‘phones, and other devices, we can find ourselves deleting far too much, far too quickly as being not good enough or not perfect. Sometimes this is not the good idea we think it is.

Save That Picture, It’s A Memory

If you look at our pictures, you will see there is something wrong with each one, but, each one holds a memory that is more precious that quality, sharpness or perfect framing.

Dusty is Blurry

For new readers Dusty has quite a history with us, including movies and some mischief. He became a treasured and loved member of our family. This blurry shot seems to capture something of his cheeky and fearless spirit so it stays – blurry or not.

Picture Perfect Blurry Dusty

Bad This, Bad That, Bad Most Things!

Picture Perfect Dusty Deck

Another ‘don’t be too hard on yourself’ picture. Dusty stopped going out when he became very frail, in fact you can see just how slender he is here. As I always do when a cat goes by I grabbed my phone to take a picture. This turned out to be one of his last trips out into the garden, so a captured memory to treasure and a picture it might have been so easy to delete.

Lessons Learned Before Deleting

I read on a photography blog (somewhere!) that you should not delete any of your holiday pictures until you get home. You never know what you might not see when you first you upload your pictures so hold off on deleting anything. This is something I have never forgotten. What seems terrible one day is, not half bad the next, and hey that’s good a few days later! So go easy on that delete button!

I could so easily have deleted Dusty’s pictures and also this next one of Phoebe.

Just Because Something’s Wrong

This cute picture is our youngster Phoebe. There’s the corner of a litter tray, then the table leg takes up space on the left side. She is surrounded by garden stuff.

Picture Perfect Phoebe

You know what though? I have not deleted the picture because I am happy that I managed to capture her serious young face, and the light isn’t too bad either. There are things I can do to improve this picture. I could trim out the unwelcome garden furniture or I could crop to just the area around Phoebe’s face in an oval or smaller square.

Top Tip for Picture Perfect Memories

Don’t be too hard on the picture, or your own skills. You may have just one slightly blurry shot of something really special. Keep it. You have a wonderful memory to treasure, even if you never share it with the world. Go one step further, have the picture printed off. So many images are lost in the digital age because people forget to print off a copy.

Celebrating our less that picture perfect images makes us want to ask. Do you have any terrible pictures you treasure?


Marjorie is a motorbike riding blogger and award winning cat photographer who believes that everyone can shoot and edit wonderful pictures they love regardless of the camera they use.

She is a Professional member of the Cat Writers Association, Kuykendall Image Award winner and published photographer at the Guardian newspaper.

11 thoughts on “Deleting a Picture? Think Twice before You Delete Images”

  1. I have a difficult time deleting photos of our own kitties. They are all moments to be treasured. Well, most of them anyway. 🙂

  2. I have a horrible eye for photography. But taking pictures of the cats makes me happy. And I always get one or two to be proud of.

  3. Mommy doesn’t delete anythin’. That’s why our catputer crashed once and she had to buy an external hard drive. MOL But mommy says she can never get those fotos of those memories back once the delete button is hit. And trust us, our bad ones are a 100 times worse than yours. MOL Big hugs

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

  4. I have so many photos in albums and boxes and love having the ability to keep everything and it fit on my phone! LOL!

  5. Great post – love that last photo with the litter box corner – one of my fave photos (that I’ve never posted but kept) is my boys on the bathroom sink (but the sink is in less then pristine condition that day!)

  6. You’re so true ! Sometimes, the “technical” quality of the photo is not purfect, but what it expresses is priceless. Purrs

  7. I have tons of images like that. They have to be extremely bad before they go. (Off the computer’s storage.) I don’t delete them from the SD card, in fact when its full, I label it and start with a new one. So then if….well, you know.

  8. I have so many less than perfect photos of the boys but never could bring myself to delete them. It would feel like deleting part of their life from my memories of them. The only photos I have deleted are those that are so blurry you can’t make out what the subject is.

  9. That is all so true and we keep tons before deciding to delete or not. Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  10. My human literally takes thousands of photos of me, but there are some “not perfect” ones that is loathe to ever delete because they feature something special about me, even if they never wind up on the blog.


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