It seems around half of photographers do absolutely nothing with their photos!

So, I recently held a poll over three very different photography groups. I took the results after 24 hours of being in each group, and a look at them a few days later shows nothing much has altered in terms of answer choices. Because each poll was placed at different times, I’m just going to use the first 24 hours results for this article.

There was one very simple question, with three very simple answers. The idea of the poll was to find out what people actually done with their photos once they had initially been used in whatever means was deemed appropriate.

The big question

“What do you do with your photographs?

When you’ve finished with your images (regardless if you edit straight away or in the future, or don’t edit), and you’ve shared them on social media and your website etc what exactly do you do with your images?

This does not include any images you sell or for business”

The choice of answers

  • View them often as they’re great memories.
  • Nothing, they’re just on my hard drive.
  • Print out favourite photos and keep them in albums, books, frames, calendars etc for family and friends to appreciate.

The results

In the 24 hours, 118 votes were cast over three Facebook groups. There was a lot of discussion, split between three choices and people’s experiences.

However, the results, to me at least, were very surprising! 40% of people (39.8%, 47 of 118) do absolutely nothing with their photos. Nothing at all! Some of the comments even said they might as well just delete their images of they think about it.

33%, that’s 39 of 118 said that they like to print their images and store them in photo albums, or hang their photos on the wall, or produce tabletop books and calendars for family and friends to appreciate and view.

The remaining 27%, 32 of 118 said they like to view their photos on a regular basis as they are great memories, and a small percentage of the comments from these also print the odd photo.


With 40% of photographers not doing anything with their photographs once they have finished their initial work with them, it makes you wonder why they are doing photography, or more positively, what we can do as a community to help them get more use from their craft.

Firstly, I think we need to help people understand that your photographs, by dedicated camera or mobile phone, can be looked at as a diary of sorts. Looking back and remembering your past.

Of course, secondly, printing. Printing is key! I’m a strong advocate of keeping printing alive, I’ve written numerous articles on printing and people genuinely forgot how important it is to your photography.

Third and finally, giving people confidence to go back through their work to learn, to cherry pick images to print, and getting more people re-editing older photos, regardless of if they are raw or jpeg. There’s so much you can learn about photography going through your old photographs, and I find, just cropping those photos in different ways to see how it helps.

So that’s one of the most interesting polls we’ve ever run, and it was run on Great Photography Walks South Wales, Fujifilm Lovers Worldwide and Fujifilm Simulations Facebook groups. Feel free to join any of these groups, that’s so much you can learn on them!

I would love to hear what you do with your images based on once you’ve “finished” with editing them.

* I would love to see polls like this become regular on OneCameraOneLens, so let’s see if it has any interest! Please choose carefully!

Published by Mark G.Adams

Fujifilm And Olympus Documentary Photographer, YouTuber & Blogger.

10 thoughts on “It seems around half of photographers do absolutely nothing with their photos!

  1. “split between three choices” — just a comment prior to the photo choices comment. “between” if for a relationship related to two items, when more than two such as this interesting poll then the word used should be “among”.

    The first option is a bit narrowing for those of us that view our images frequently because they are simply just nice images and enjoyable to view whether great memories or completely forgotten ones.

    I do both and have images on my computer, my phone and my wife’s tablet of photos taken by both of us and edited often more than once even to the point of creating in the past some photo books for others and also creating a manual and tutorial for PhotoScape X Pro digital imaging program.

    At my wife’s 80th birthday in 2014 I created a slide presentation of over 600 images that she had done that folks could just stand around the monitor and enjoy them. This is what is so great about digital imaging — large screen or small, images can be easily enjoyed or shared.

    Unfortunately this year Fototime closed shop after accepting annual renewals without neither telling anyone nor making any refunds so it is not so easy to share online in forums.

    Nice to have this forum to discuss digital imaging and maybe I will even see comments related to my Fuji X T20 and 5 lenses as things proceed. TIA

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    1. The poll allowed for multiple options in the group’s, this didn’t give that choice sadly, but looking at the choices and answers in the group’s, most literally only chose one option. Thanks for your input, I love feedback like this, makes me doing what I do worth while.


  2. The three points in your conclusion really resonate with me. Appreciate you and others who are working in the community toward these goals!

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  3. I stopped printing my photos back in 2008. All of my photos (including analogue) are in digital format and backed up on at least one other hard drive. I do slideshow productions with all of my photos and videos and add music, titles and transitions as required. I have passport size drives in my safe deposit box with photos and slide show productions on them. We do look at and share the slide shows as time permits. Assume as we age, frequency of viewing might increase. I am now making all my own greeting cards, using my photos and photo program and I have some of my photos on my wall as canvas and metal prints. All I need is more walls. And of course, I use low res versions of my photos in my blog posts. Photography is an integral part of my life for sure. I feel sad when I hear others losing the mobile phones and all their photos with them, because they never took them off onto another device. Cheers and keep on enjoying photography. Allan

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    1. Thank you for sharing that Allan, my wife is actually a paper crafter in her spare time, and she has used some of my photos in her work (usually as backdrops or something). I forgot all about that!

      Yes, so many people now lose so much, even when they upgrade their phones, let alone losing them. That’s very sad.

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  4. When I have what I think is a good photo I send it to my Sky photo frame and to my children and in laws who have a v similar picture frame

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  5. Once I have finished editing them, I mostly post my photos on Flickr, also to Instagram and interest groups on Facebook. Must admit that I ‘m a bit surprised that posting to social media and photography websites was not one of the available options in the above survey!

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    1. It was left out because it’s looking for what you do with your images once you’ve finished editing and placing them in websites etc. Literally, I once you’re done with them.


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