One Trillion Photos

Here is an interesting post on the blog of mylio. For further information please look here

Across the globe, all of us have taken just over one trillion photos in 2015. There are other statistics that say that 10 % of all photos were taken in the past 12 months. Photography was developed in 1826. The photos that were taken unti the year 1900 (= 74 years), are now taken in 2 minutes.

So how did we get to such huge numbers? In the early days of consumer photography, taking a picture was expensive. You had to pay for every roll of film you put in your camera, for processing that roll of film and for each and every print. There were no other possibility to storage the photos, except for printing them out. So all the picture takers were a bit more careful about pressing the shutter, because it cost.

Digital photography changed all that. Suddenly we could take endless images without added expense, and see the results easily and immediately. We all started taking more photos. A lot more photos.

Today, of course, many of us have a camera with us all the time – it’s built in to our smartphone – and so we’re taking hundreds or thousands of photos a year. 20 years ago you might’ve only burned a roll of film at Christmas or a birthday party. Ten years ago you might’ve taken about 100 shots at a half-dozen occasions. These days, if you’re a photography fan, you’re likely to snap a half dozen shots per day, and the rest of us will capture at least one photo a week: a person, event or something else that strikes us.

And when we “capture” that sight, we do so with more than one frame – many more. That first shot might be blurry, and the smile isn’t quite right in the next one, and… heck, why not take a dozen while we’re at it?

Let's say roughly half of the people in the world have a mobile phone with a built-in camera: around 3 billion people. And let’s say they take 10 photos per day – that’s 3,650 photos per year, per person. That adds up to more than 10 trillion photos annually (10,950,000,000,000).

More conservatively, if only one billion people have cameras or phones, and take less than 3 photos per day/1,000 pictures per year, that’s still 1 trillion photos captured every year.

InfoTrends’ 2014 Worldwide Image Capture Forecast estimates consumers will take 810 billion photos worldwide in 2014. This number will grow to 1 trillion photos in 2015 and 1.3 trillion photos by 2017. The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2014 to 2017 will be 16.2%. This growth will be driven by the increased ownership and use of mobile phones or other upcoming devices.

But most of the pictures that are taken are not done carefully. They are not composed and worked out. So the artistic quality ist very poor. So they are not inviting to have a closer look at them. Hopefully we don't forgett these skills.