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.
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!