How many pictures do you take in a year?

Have you every thought about how many pictures you take each month? How about each year? I have started in October 2009 to keep track of how many pictures and videos I was having on my computer. Now, it’s been a year since I started this simple exercise and it’s time to draw some conclusions. Read on to find out who many pictures and videos we took over last year.

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Easy way to find out how many pictures you have

When I started counting my files back in October last year I wanted a very simple way to measure. The easiest way I found to count my pictures was to look at the properties of the “My Pictures” folder.

To do this I right-click on the “My Pictures” folder and choose Properties. This is the easiest way to see how many files I have and what is the total size of the “My Pictures” folder.

So, how many pictures did we take in one year?

October 2009 October 2010
Pictures & Videos: 30,105 Pictures & Videos: 52,850
Size: 95 GigaBytes Size: 155 GigaBytes

Analyzing the number of digital pictures and videos over one year.

Conclusion? Well, it’s easy to see. In one year we took over 22,000 pictures taking 60 GigaBytes of space. Wow…that’s a lot of pictures. Yes, granted, some pictures are duplicates with different sizes and different editing applied to them, but still that’s a lot of pictures.

Going at this rate we should be getting close to filling up our new 1 TeraByte hard drive in about 12 years. That’s if I don’t start shooting a lot of HD videos.

How many pictures do you take a month?

I am curious how we are doing as a family…in terms of taking pictures and videos. How many are you taking?

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I recommend using Adobe Lightroom Classic CC via the annual Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. Lightroom has excellent photo editing capabilities. Yes, Lightroom has a steeper learning curve as you have to learn to keep your catalogs in sync with your hard drive. However, Adobe Lightroom makes most sense especially when you do lots of image editing.
If you don't like the subscription, you can get also download the last standalone Adobe Lightroom 6 for Mac or Windows (while it is still available). However, the product is no longer maintained by Adobe.

Excellent Lightroom and Picasa alternative. If you're looking for a cheaper and simpler photo manager then ACDSee Photo Studio for Mac or ACDSee Pro for Windows is my preferred solution for organizing your media on your computer. It has a very fast browser, beautiful image editing capabilities and you don't work with catalogs at all.

In addition, make sure you have an inexpensive and reliable external hard drive for backing everything up. It is absolutely essential for backing up your media regularly.

If you're looking for a reliable unlimited cloud backup service, I recommend Backblaze Cloud Backup. I have used Backblaze for my online backup for more than 3 years now. All my files are safe and secure and I have never had any problems with them.

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