Apple emailed me overnight that I’ve used almost all the space in my iCloud storage, and that I should either upgrade to the next tier up or reduce how much space I’m using. While I’m sure eventually I’ll have to upgrade to the next tier, for now I’m pretty sure I have a bunch of crap old photos I can get rid of.

So, I’ve spent a few hours today scrolling through the Photos app and deleting things. It’s more difficult than it initially seemed, actually. I thought it’d be simple enough – go find all those times I took several photos of the same thing trying to get the perfect shot, and delete all the blurry/badly framed/badly angled ones. Et voilà, right? Except that, especially with photos of lively, wriggly animals, there’s a bunch of times that the blurry shot is not of the same thing as the non-blurry shot. Or else where I took five photos and all of them are blurry. So this is where I’m trying to use judgement: “Is this of anything REALLY special? If I delete this, will I ever even remember this photo existed, or will I never feel its loss?”

Oh yeah, and I forgot to mention that the other thing I did was, before I even started deleting stuff, I made sure I had a backup of all photos in the other cloud storage account I use, with pCloud. So even if I DO delete something AND I miss it, it’s not actually lost. So again, you’d think that’d make it easier to just cull things, but nooooo, I still find myself deliberating and feeling bad about sending yet another unfocused Gidget pic to the trashcan.

Nonetheless, without having done a very harsh cull, I’ve made it as far back as January 2016 and moved 1.31GB of photos to the “Recently Deleted” folder, apparently. I had to stop myself at that point because I felt like I was running out of day and needed to get some other stuff accomplished, haha. At least that should be enough to get Apple off my back for a while about my iCloud storage, I hope.

One thing that’s definitely been obvious, going back, is how smartphone cameras have improved. The nighttime photos taken by my 12 mini are much sharper than those taken by the iPhone SE, and now I’m back to the ones taken by my Samsung Galaxy S4, even the daytime photos are often blurry, especially if taken indoors. I think it’s easy to just get used to a better camera, and start taking it for granted, but going back through these years of photos has made me appreciate it all over again, haha.