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doitashimash1te
10-31-2006, 05:24
I'd like to know how many pictures you have taken since 2000 (since the start of the "digital revolution") and how many before. Although this century is only 6 years old, I suspect that the amount of "pictures taken" has been exploding since the millennium, not only in digital, but also in analog form.

(More than one option allowed in this poll.)

rogue_designer
10-31-2006, 05:33
previous - 10,000+ analog
current - roughly 2500 analog, and 5k digi (event shoots really burn through the hd space).

All total, I have about 30,000 exposures laying around.

pesphoto
10-31-2006, 05:42
How the heck could you know that. Impressive!

Ash
10-31-2006, 05:46
No idea, thousands over the past few years, plus hundreds before that, and thousands upon thousands of digital

bsdunek
10-31-2006, 06:17
When you've been an avid photographer for more than 60 years, it can really add up. Do I count my 8mm movie frames? :cool:

iml
10-31-2006, 06:23
I think the right answer is: "lots".

Ian

JohnL
10-31-2006, 06:25
I have about 500 35mm films on file, about 15000 images, and at least another 5000 must have been lost along the way, plus a few hundred medium format.
Digital images: about 40K so far, mostly preserved on CDs / DVDs, which I plan to re-record periodically.

pesphoto
10-31-2006, 07:31
I guess I could count up my negs.....nah....way too many
Plus I took countless pics when just learning manay many years ago and regretfully didnt save most of those...i dont know why, now I regret it.

markinlondon
10-31-2006, 07:42
Er, ask me an easy one...

dreilly
10-31-2006, 08:04
Not enough, by far.

But for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer, I took a lot of photos! Those were the days.

Pherdinand
10-31-2006, 08:07
I figure 36 shots per roll, and from there, i should be above 1000 but below 10000...

oftheherd
10-31-2006, 08:53
Last century I had about 8k slides alone. I am not even sure about b/w, but lots. Up until a couple of years ago, most of what little I did was film, but now mostly digital, and mostly of my grandson. Other family thrown in.

DavidH
10-31-2006, 09:06
Over 20,000 with the D70 alone in the last 2 years...with many thousands on film as well...so many in fact that I've just bought a bulk loader and will be rolling my own to try and save money...

Last century...? Well I'm 42 and been shooting for years...I figure I could have bought another house for the money spent on photography...

:)

Gabriel M.A.
10-31-2006, 10:28
Some people are actually counting? ::scratches head::

I have no idea. Oodles. Gazoodles. Give or take a bunch ;) Or two.

rogue_designer
10-31-2006, 12:03
How the heck could you know that. Impressive!

My binders hold about 100 sheets of 35 frames - so I just need to count binders to get a general idea. :)
The digital I can do a general file count to get some idea.

The fun part was figuring out how many 4x5's I had in my cardboxes (approx 2500)

sf
10-31-2006, 12:06
Film: I have a rather thick binder of single cut 645 frames...maybe a couple hundred pages of 16 each. Lots. They were cut from rolls (I look through the roll and choose the ones I want to keep, then cut the rest off). That makes for an enormous number of 120 rolls shot. At least enormous by my consideration. I don't shoot 400 rolls a week like some pros out there.

Digital: doesn't really count. I took a few thousand shots with my D70. Maybe 10000 overall. I care about them only as they are snapshots of family and friends.

ampguy
10-31-2006, 14:41
I think I've taken about 200,000 photos to date. I don't delete anything.

IGMeanwell
11-01-2006, 00:53
Not sure how many analog ... but its close to 1,000

I have owned my Nikon D50 about a year now, and my shutter count is just under 30,000

Dfin
11-01-2006, 01:18
One, Ten, many. Yes, I too could have bought a holiday house up the coast , on a headland or tucked away behind the dunes somewhere. Anyone want a truck load of film cameras? Seriously it would be thousands. When I was shotting weddings,it was common to shoot 5 rolls of 220 plus 6/7 rolls 36/135, so 15years of that plus 33years of my own work, Lots!!!

jaapv
11-01-2006, 03:27
Shutter-presses or keepers??

doitashimash1te
11-01-2006, 13:42
Shutter-presses or keepers??

I'd say keepers.

back alley
11-01-2006, 15:53
if i count the keepers and the sortas...

8

MoTR
11-02-2006, 01:37
Em Hundreds of Thousands Digi This century.
Putting my analog figure in the 5000range this century.

in the 20,000digi region last century.
And analog in the 1000-2000range.

MoTR
11-02-2006, 01:37
And keepers,
Maybe 500 outta the lot :)

chenick
11-02-2006, 04:08
I can give a better guess of analog than digital!

pre 2000:
analogue: about 3 rolls of 127 and 5 of 35mm :)
digital: 0

post 2000:
analogue: about 30 rolls of 35mm since 2004
digital: i dunno, 15000? based on 3 diferent digicams since 2000.

I still have my Kodak Brownie 127, in perfect working order (of course it was so simple there's nothing to go wrong - just 1 shutter speed.

-Nick

JohnL
11-03-2006, 12:08
I have about 500 35mm films on file, about 15000 images, and at least another 5000 must have been lost along the way, plus a few hundred medium format.
Digital images: about 40K so far, mostly preserved on CDs / DVDs, which I plan to re-record periodically.
By comparison, it is said that Stieglitz made about 1500 negatives, Weston about 5000, during their whole lives. But then I need more practise than they did :(
Jaap: These figures are totals, of course. Keepers are a tiny fraction. But I keep them all anyway (except for those I already lost along the way).

jan normandale
11-03-2006, 12:14
This is a fascinating thread

• Obviously this survey will not be a good statistical sample due to the bias of the universe towards film, so what can be done with this information.
• I’m amazed that some people even know or have a rough estimate of the number of digital and analog photographs they have taken.

Pherdinand
11-04-2006, 07:17
well, Jan, the choices are not that many. One can easily figure it out if has more than 1000 or 10 000.

DavidH
11-04-2006, 07:32
Iím amazed that some people even know or have a rough estimate of the number of digital and analog photographs they have taken.

Well when it comes to digital, my camera keeps count for me - the filename is an incremental counter that I've never reset since new - 2 years ago...also, I get about 100 images per card so for a shoot last week, I know I took 300 shots...for example.
Analog-wise, I develop my own black and white and scan the best ones...and keep a log of success and failure in the developing of them.

Ask me how many cameras I've owned...and that's far more difficult...

:)

pvdhaar
11-08-2006, 00:02
I've taken thousands of pictures, both analog and digital. But the key question is of course, how many of them really were good pictures.. and then it becomes more like one a year.

Vagabond
11-09-2006, 04:14
Many pictures but few photographs.

IGMeanwell
11-15-2006, 17:35
By comparison, it is said that Stieglitz made about 1500 negatives, Weston about 5000, during their whole lives. But then I need more practise than they did :(
way).

yeah, I can agree with that!!! Practice is the major reason my DSLR has surpassed 30,000 clicks.

ZeissFan
11-15-2006, 18:01
30,000? remind me not to buy your used digicam ... ;)

amateriat
12-16-2006, 16:19
Hmm...from, say, 1974 up to 2000? Let's just say a scary amount ("10,000+?" Hell, that's just the keepers). Since 2000, "a healthy amount", non-digital catagory, while the digital count is perhaps around 2000+, counting the borrowed cameras (EOS-1D, Nikon D1, Olympus C8080 et al), and the only digicam I actually own at the moment, an Olympus D-510Z.


- Barrett

Nick R.
12-19-2006, 18:33
Is that with lens cap on or off?

migtex
03-10-2007, 00:00
Analog, I'm lost... too many 1000's still, started the Digi thing in 1998 with the Sony Mavicas and diskettes (anyone have one?) and now I have a dedicated storage server at home with.... 2.5 TB. Got to stop this insanity!! But it only goes Worst/Better...

rbsinto
03-10-2007, 11:15
87,463. Ooops. 87,464. I just took another shot of the cats.

ChrisPlatt
03-10-2007, 17:35
It's been 35 years since I got my first camera (at age 10).

We've had 35 Christmas trees since then.

The answer for me is 35 pictures total. ;)

Chris

Socke
03-10-2007, 18:28
I started event photography with some friends in 1999, bought a Canon Powershot G1 as soon as it was available to save the hassle and cost to get pictures shot on saturday night on a website on tuesday :)

Next was a Canon D30 and a D60 later.

We sold highest end colour printers, anybody remember Tekronix?, and so had several digicams from the mid 90s on, but they wheren't very usefull.

So a lot of the early partypix are on film, anything what we could get cheap.
I have eight desk drawers full with the sleeves you get from labs.

From the 80s I have five shoeboxes with prints, ca. 400 prints per box, and four binders with prints which I haven counted, between 1 and three prints per page and 40 pages each.

Anything older got lost.

MartinP
03-10-2007, 18:32
The turn of the century was an odd (but obvious) time to put the cut-off. I emigrated from the UK, with a darkroom for work or at home, to NL with nothing. So there is a pretty large difference for me. Apart from the happy-snaps, I have only started making pics again in the last year or so.

Chris ? Does this mean that at the end of this year you will be getting the roll developed ? ;)

ChrisPlatt
03-10-2007, 18:48
Chris ? Does this mean that at the end of this year you will be getting the roll developed ? ;)

Yep, it's Kodacolor X C135-36.
Know anybody who still does Process C-22? ;)

Chris

Bike Tourist
03-19-2007, 14:16
Your parameters don't go far enough . . . analog images last century? About 100,000 more or less. Quite a few digital, too.

I don't shoot as much these days because I"VE ALREADY DONE IT!

ChrisPlatt
04-24-2007, 14:43
Well, I finally finished that roll of Christmas tree pics and guess what?
Whoops! I misloaded the film on the takeup spool, and so no pictures.
So I guess I am back to zero again... ;)

Chris

bensyverson
04-25-2007, 12:06
Coming up on 30,000 digital shots since 2004, a handful before that.
I stopped shooting film in about 2002, but started up again in a big way in 2006-2007. Since I started again, I've shot maybe 2000 exposures of film, in something like a 90/9/1% blend of 135/6x7/4x5.
My digital output is going down as I bring film cameras with me more and more often.

Edit: "Keepers?" I keep 90% of what I shoot, throwing out only the abjectly blurry shots. As for what I would pay to get printed, you're talking about 0.001%... :)

al1966
05-12-2007, 17:53
Ok ive done over 50k digital in the last 4 years before I shot I would guess around 100 films a year mostly Ilford HP5 and fuji400

x-ray
05-13-2007, 08:12
Hard to estimate. At one point many years ago I estimated over 10,000 rolls of 35mm B&W and that was 25 years ago. Since I've shot less but would guess I've shot an additional 5,000 rolls of 35 and who knows how many 120 plus sheet film. 120 became my standard for about 25 years. During that time I shot atleast 300 rolls per month and some years I shot as much as 75 rolls per day one to three days a week. I totally wore out three Rollei SL66's a couple of Pentax MX's and two Nikon F4's. Since going all digital 7 years ago in the studio I know I've shot well over 200,000 frames total plus some film in the studio and a considerable number of rolls for the documentary work.

shadowfox
07-19-2007, 14:02
Good poll, get this...

I shot exactly 0 films in the last century! yep, and a couple hundreds of digital 2.1 megapixel images :)

Since last year, I've shot more than 1000 film frames and I plan to increase it. I just wish it's cheaper to do slide and b/w films nowadays.

mtbbrian
07-19-2007, 15:24
Yeah, LOTS is a good answer.
I can say this though, I have six of those negative file boxes that are at maxium capacity, 35mm and 120.
I have probably tossed or lost about another three of those boxes full of slides or negatives.
Brian