How many photos do you have from the past year?

I see all around me photos are being printed and albums are being created! It’s wonderful how many people are creating treasures again for their families. Project life albums are changing our albums again. It makes me happy.

Lets go back a little in time it where the photographic world began changing with the digital age, oh, I resisted it for so long. I was worried about “quality”. My opinion was that digital allowed you to take so many photos, but they weren’t as good. Nothing could be as good as film and printing from negatives. Granted, we would have lots of photos, and it was good that you could take 10 and delete the worst 9 to get a good shot, but to lose quality was sad.

Then I succumbed and became the proud owner of a lovely SLR Digital camera. Oh boy, it was fun! And… it wasn’t as low quality as I orginally thought. Those of us with Digital cameras proceeded to take many photos… many many many photos. I could change the exposure, see the difference in depth of field immediately, so it opened photography to anyone who could hold a camera. No need to worry about technical side, and no expensive printing… just take a photo, see it straight away, and share it immediately through email or online.

Now we have smart phones, and they take our photos, and we can share a photo on Facebook from any location. On holiday? Snap a pic, send to Facebook and someone in another country can see it immediately. No waiting, no fussing. Easy!

We have never before had so many images in our history, we are bombarded daily and we love it… but I fear that with so many photos surrounding us, we don’t see the need to print them. That there will be families in 50 years who have some old USB’s and some CD’s and some SD cards, and can’t even access them.

What I didn’t account for was that the “quantity” would actually decrease for many people. I reckon if I surveyed the people who live on my street, regular everyday families,  I would find very few who have actually printed more than 24 photos in the past year, but I bet they took hundreds.

So now people have more photos, but many actually have less.

But not our scrapbookers… they are printing photos again enthusiastically  and filling albums for their children and their great great great grandchildren! I am once again filled with hope. Our issue now is being able to cull the photos we take to print the ones we actually need, to tell our story.

Monday night Pam held a Project Life Scrapbooking night at The Scrapbook House and 11 lovely ladies were very busy, there were literally hundreds of photos on the tables.

Here’s a few Project Life pages I’ve done this year.

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I absolutely love digital photography now… the resistance to digital was always going to be futile. I’m glad I finally embraced it,  I hope you do too…  and print some of those photos!

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4 responses to “How many photos do you have from the past year?

  1. Just checked. Last year we took 12,030 photos spanning 45GB. And that is just from the DSLR at home – I also used the other DSLR whilst on the job in China. Not as many, but still 1,400 odd. Now, how many did we do on our phones….?

    • Wow Chris, a LOT of photos!
      I wonder if you didn’t have a wife who was a professional scrapbooker and dedicated memory preserver, how many photographs would you have actually printed? Would you create your own tangible albums or leave them in digital format?

  2. i am making a scrapbook for my class project. And i made 500 photos. And i wonder how many did you make?

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