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How Many Photos Do We Take Each Week? [POLL]

It’s time to reveal the results of our most recent reader poll which asked how many photos our readers take in an average week.

The poll was responded to by 50,142 readers and here are the results.

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All in all given that our site is read by 3.5 million visitors a month – there’s a lot of images being taken every month by our community (if someone wants to do the sums and work out how many do let us know in comments)!

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  • http://www.dhrumildesai.me Dhrumil Desai

    Anywhere from 581.91 million to 948.99 million images per week.
    Wow thats a lot!

  • http://www.dhrumildesai.me Dhrumil Desai

    ^Oh I should add, its for 3.5 million readers.^
    And the max number can be even higher depending on how many photos are taken beyond the 1501 per week for the top 4%.

  • http://www.antonynorthcutt.com Antony Northcutt

    and how many do we keep ?

  • http://www.danothy.co.uk/ Danothy

    I make it in excess of 765 million … am a bit sleepy though, would like a second opinion.

  • Sharon

    I need to be in the photo storage business! I know that I have 14TB of storage on my computers….

  • David Starks

    According to my rough calculations: Using the minimum amount in each category, the 50-thousand respondents, as a group, take an average of 8.3 million photos per week (36 million per month.) Extrapolated to 3.5 million visitors works out to be in the neighborhood of 2.5 billion photos per month… minimum.

    That’s a lot of shutter actuations!

  • Jessi Brendel

    I literally have over 10k images on my external hard drive, dedicated expressly to photo storage. Can you believe I’ve already deleted a LOT of really bad ones?! The remainder aren’t fantastic (obviously,) but I can’t bring myself to axe any more of them…

  • Xavier

    @Antony : the real question is not how many do we keep, but how many should we keep!
    And for the number, it’s at least 581,910,000 (by taking the lower number for each range, we have an average of 166.26 by person).

  • Johnp

    The number should be 581,910,001 (I missed the poll).

  • Diana Lee

    It appears i am in the 6 percentile….I typically take over 500 when I go out shooting….which is at least once a week…and I usually keep about 30-50% of them.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/61805116@N06/ Ems

    @Xavier
    I’m a bit confused by your calculation (or maybe I’m confused by my own).
    I multiplied each percentage by 50,142 (because Mr. Rowse does not clarify if those 3.5mil people per month are /distinct/ visitors though we could guess that they are). I then multiplied the lower number for each range by the number of people in each range, and added up the results. This gave me 58,031,210 pictures per week (for this 50k sample of visitors) and an average of 1157.34 pictures per person per week.
    : /
    Anyway…
    Peace,
    Ems

  • Johnp

    Minimum 50142 Photos
    Percentage Photos Respondents per Week
    4% 0 2,006 0
    14% 1 7,020 7,020
    11% 11 5,516 60,672
    16% 21 8,023 168,477
    17% 51 8,524 434,731
    15% 101 7,521 759,651
    11% 251 5,516 1,384,421
    6% 501 3,009 1,507,269
    2% 1001 1,003 1,003,843
    4% 1501 2,006 3,010,526
    100% 50,142 8,336,609

    Average 166.26

    I agree in most parts with Xavier

  • Johnp

    Sorry about that obviously tables dont work here

  • Gazamonk

    Wow in excess of 1501+ per week !
    I need these peoples names so that if I see any of there cameras in the classifieds I avoid them like the plague. lol :-)

  • Madison Raine

    I think some of us might have an obbession with taking photos. Because i know, if I see something interesting I’m not going to just take one photo of it, I’ll take up to a hundred at the most, so that later on when I review them, I’ll be sure to have at least 1 good one. Do others agree with me? It’s crazy that some people take 15 hundred pictures a week, they must have a lot of free time to take pictures. Good poll though. :)

  • Amy

    I don’t know if it’s free time. I always imagine if someone is taking 1500+, they’re on a job. Like a wedding photographer.

  • john

    If I use an averaging approach, and I assume that the average person in the 1501+ category takes 1750 photos per week, I find that the users of this website take:

    800 million photos/week
    41.6 billion photos/year

  • wteSmithy

    Tables now add-up to 100% – all in order.

    My friends take a lot less photos than me despite a three of them having better cameras than me (Canon 550D, 600D, and 5D). When I take shots I normally make sure I get a couple, otherwise a dozen+ for unique moments. If you’ve spent thousands on gear over the years then I know how easy it is to get carried away and experiment.

    I take most photos on holiday (1000-2000 per week) otherwise 50 a week is common on locations nearby. – even a 8GB+16GB CFIV card isn’t enough with RAW (10Mps) and you can’t beat the quality. As image sensors improve in pixel-rate: I am already worried about storage since I have had to buy a replacement external HDD (2x1TB for RAID-1 backup) because my old 500GB HDD was 90% full.

    Could DPS do a review on the best backup solutions available for home users who require peace of mind, please :).

    How many of those edit those photos I wonder?
    What has become a chore from returning on holiday is editing the all the RAW images afterwords, all the locations differ heavily which defeats batch processing. A better camera than my decent Canon 400D would help keep light levels consistent but can’t afford it after buying Adobe CS5.

  • http://www.fuzzypig.com George Johnson

    Take about 350-400 a week on average ( mainly weekends when I have time ) keep about 5-10, sometimes less. I think the most I shot was a weekend camping about 2 months ago, somewhere I had never been before and I racked up around 3500 shots in 3 days. They were all RAW and I was lucky I had my laptop with additional external HD to get them all home. I think I kept about 12-20 of those, which is a really poor ratio I know!

  • http://josephnatalephotography.com jpnbridge

    at 5mb a picture, that comes to over 152 PETABYTES a year just for DPS!!! HOLY SMOKES that’s a lot of data…

  • Arundhati

    Heyyy….Congratulations to u n ur family.. May there be showers of blessings to u all and a li’l more to ‘Little Louis’.. :)

  • Jeremiah

    generally 51 -100/wk

    if I’m going to an event or if I have a week where time is not very important then that can take it up to somewhere between 200 – 400 in one wk.

    if I’m on vacation – 500 – 1000 in one wk.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/reycuba Rey

    200 photos each week , in Cuba , most on Havana City and a lot of cut out

  • samuelgmaurer

    It looks like there are three populations of responders to the survey.
    The average would be 218 photos per week. I would say the populations may be casual user, pro-sumer and active Pro.

  • Madison Raine

    They should do this poll again, but do it fir only as a Hobby since a lot of people take the photos for clients. Just a suggestion.

  • samuelgmaurer

    That depends on if it is a regular work week, then before and after work, 100 to 150, outstanding weather or a project then 250 to 300. If it was a once in a life time trip to the holy sights in Israel, two eight Gb cards per day, Raw and Large jpg, for a total of 6925 in eight days. Wish I would have had two weeks instead of one.

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  • samuelgmaurer

    July 11, 2011 03:05 am

    That depends on if it is a regular work week, then before and after work, 100 to 150, outstanding weather or a project then 250 to 300. If it was a once in a life time trip to the holy sights in Israel, two eight Gb cards per day, Raw and Large jpg, for a total of 6925 in eight days. Wish I would have had two weeks instead of one.

  • Madison Raine

    July 11, 2011 12:23 am

    They should do this poll again, but do it fir only as a Hobby since a lot of people take the photos for clients. Just a suggestion.

  • samuelgmaurer

    July 10, 2011 04:05 am

    It looks like there are three populations of responders to the survey.
    The average would be 218 photos per week. I would say the populations may be casual user, pro-sumer and active Pro.

  • Rey

    July 9, 2011 02:25 am

    200 photos each week , in Cuba , most on Havana City and a lot of cut out

  • Jeremiah

    July 9, 2011 01:47 am

    generally 51 -100/wk

    if I'm going to an event or if I have a week where time is not very important then that can take it up to somewhere between 200 - 400 in one wk.

    if I'm on vacation - 500 - 1000 in one wk.

  • Arundhati

    July 8, 2011 10:08 pm

    Heyyy....Congratulations to u n ur family.. May there be showers of blessings to u all and a li'l more to 'Little Louis'.. :)

  • jpnbridge

    July 7, 2011 10:50 pm

    at 5mb a picture, that comes to over 152 PETABYTES a year just for DPS!!! HOLY SMOKES that's a lot of data...

  • George Johnson

    July 7, 2011 09:08 pm

    Take about 350-400 a week on average ( mainly weekends when I have time ) keep about 5-10, sometimes less. I think the most I shot was a weekend camping about 2 months ago, somewhere I had never been before and I racked up around 3500 shots in 3 days. They were all RAW and I was lucky I had my laptop with additional external HD to get them all home. I think I kept about 12-20 of those, which is a really poor ratio I know!

  • wteSmithy

    July 7, 2011 11:10 am

    Tables now add-up to 100% - all in order.

    My friends take a lot less photos than me despite a three of them having better cameras than me (Canon 550D, 600D, and 5D). When I take shots I normally make sure I get a couple, otherwise a dozen+ for unique moments. If you've spent thousands on gear over the years then I know how easy it is to get carried away and experiment.

    I take most photos on holiday (1000-2000 per week) otherwise 50 a week is common on locations nearby. - even a 8GB+16GB CFIV card isn't enough with RAW (10Mps) and you can't beat the quality. As image sensors improve in pixel-rate: I am already worried about storage since I have had to buy a replacement external HDD (2x1TB for RAID-1 backup) because my old 500GB HDD was 90% full.

    Could DPS do a review on the best backup solutions available for home users who require peace of mind, please :).

    How many of those edit those photos I wonder?
    What has become a chore from returning on holiday is editing the all the RAW images afterwords, all the locations differ heavily which defeats batch processing. A better camera than my decent Canon 400D would help keep light levels consistent but can't afford it after buying Adobe CS5.

  • john

    July 7, 2011 09:14 am

    If I use an averaging approach, and I assume that the average person in the 1501+ category takes 1750 photos per week, I find that the users of this website take:

    800 million photos/week
    41.6 billion photos/year

  • Amy

    July 7, 2011 01:33 am

    I don't know if it's free time. I always imagine if someone is taking 1500+, they're on a job. Like a wedding photographer.

  • Madison Raine

    July 7, 2011 12:35 am

    I think some of us might have an obbession with taking photos. Because i know, if I see something interesting I'm not going to just take one photo of it, I'll take up to a hundred at the most, so that later on when I review them, I'll be sure to have at least 1 good one. Do others agree with me? It's crazy that some people take 15 hundred pictures a week, they must have a lot of free time to take pictures. Good poll though. :)

  • Gazamonk

    July 6, 2011 10:05 pm

    Wow in excess of 1501+ per week !
    I need these peoples names so that if I see any of there cameras in the classifieds I avoid them like the plague. lol :-)

  • Johnp

    July 6, 2011 02:56 pm

    Sorry about that obviously tables dont work here

  • Johnp

    July 6, 2011 02:55 pm

    Minimum 50142 Photos
    Percentage Photos Respondents per Week
    4% 0 2,006 0
    14% 1 7,020 7,020
    11% 11 5,516 60,672
    16% 21 8,023 168,477
    17% 51 8,524 434,731
    15% 101 7,521 759,651
    11% 251 5,516 1,384,421
    6% 501 3,009 1,507,269
    2% 1001 1,003 1,003,843
    4% 1501 2,006 3,010,526
    100% 50,142 8,336,609

    Average 166.26

    I agree in most parts with Xavier

  • Ems

    July 6, 2011 09:47 am

    @Xavier
    I'm a bit confused by your calculation (or maybe I'm confused by my own).
    I multiplied each percentage by 50,142 (because Mr. Rowse does not clarify if those 3.5mil people per month are /distinct/ visitors though we could guess that they are). I then multiplied the lower number for each range by the number of people in each range, and added up the results. This gave me 58,031,210 pictures per week (for this 50k sample of visitors) and an average of 1157.34 pictures per person per week.
    : /
    Anyway...
    Peace,
    Ems

  • Diana Lee

    July 6, 2011 09:42 am

    It appears i am in the 6 percentile....I typically take over 500 when I go out shooting....which is at least once a week...and I usually keep about 30-50% of them.

  • Johnp

    July 6, 2011 08:34 am

    The number should be 581,910,001 (I missed the poll).

  • Xavier

    July 6, 2011 08:29 am

    @Antony : the real question is not how many do we keep, but how many should we keep!
    And for the number, it's at least 581,910,000 (by taking the lower number for each range, we have an average of 166.26 by person).

  • Jessi Brendel

    July 6, 2011 08:25 am

    I literally have over 10k images on my external hard drive, dedicated expressly to photo storage. Can you believe I've already deleted a LOT of really bad ones?! The remainder aren't fantastic (obviously,) but I can't bring myself to axe any more of them...

  • David Starks

    July 6, 2011 07:22 am

    According to my rough calculations: Using the minimum amount in each category, the 50-thousand respondents, as a group, take an average of 8.3 million photos per week (36 million per month.) Extrapolated to 3.5 million visitors works out to be in the neighborhood of 2.5 billion photos per month... minimum.

    That's a lot of shutter actuations!

  • Sharon

    July 6, 2011 07:18 am

    I need to be in the photo storage business! I know that I have 14TB of storage on my computers....

  • Danothy

    July 6, 2011 07:13 am

    I make it in excess of 765 million ... am a bit sleepy though, would like a second opinion.

  • Antony Northcutt

    July 6, 2011 06:37 am

    and how many do we keep ?

  • Dhrumil Desai

    July 6, 2011 06:27 am

    ^Oh I should add, its for 3.5 million readers.^
    And the max number can be even higher depending on how many photos are taken beyond the 1501 per week for the top 4%.

  • Dhrumil Desai

    July 6, 2011 06:25 am

    Anywhere from 581.91 million to 948.99 million images per week.
    Wow thats a lot!

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