How Big Is Your Photo Library?

If you have a smartphone, taking pictures is so easy that you might end up with a huge photo collection without even knowing it. So, we want to know, how big is your photo library?

Photo by Olaf Gradin.

In a recent New Yorker article, author Thomas Beller laments that he might be missing a lot of experiences because he's busy taking pictures all the time. It was a conversation with Apple tech support that pointed it out:

While on the phone with Apple tech support recently, I was told, "You are not a normal iPhoto user." "I'm not?" I said. "No, you have many more photographs than the average user."

So, we want to know, how big is your photo library? Has it grown since you've had a smartphone?

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    3434 is where I'm at right now. That's what I've accumulated since last year when my hard drive died and I lost thousands more :(

    Currently up around the 25,000 mark for this year alone... oh, I take photos for models portfolios, so I'm probably not the best example :-)

    Funnily enough, I don't actually take many photos with my smartphone. I just find I can't really get into it, much like shooting with a small point & shoot camera.

    17 that are mine - Smartphone and both computers.
    1 that someone else took and transferred to me.

    I hardly use my smartphone for its camera because its shit. But I have around 4tb devoted to photography. 2tb of photos and the 2tb backup on my file server haha.

    i have about 25000-30000 photos in my library. its not hard when you have an slr and go to motorsport events to rack up a huge amount of photos. i did 2500 in one day!

    roughly 50,000 photo's.
    i haven't gone out for a while, at the sandown 500, i ended up with around 1500 photo's (3 full cards)

    12,000 photos and videos totaling 24GB. I try to delete as many as i can, but after 14 years... At least Picasa helps me manage it all.

    Currently about 60GB - that includes wedding photos and video, which are ultra hi-res. Since the birth of my daughter, smartphones have helped us capture every memorable moment, so the collection grows by about 1GB a month at the moment.

    Slightly off topic but what / where would be the best way to back up large amounts of digital photos on the cloud?

    Aperture Library with 19921 pictures (no RAWs, no Videos), and it's eating ~80GB of my HDD ...

    Slightly off topic but what / where would be the best way to back up large amounts of digital photos on the cloud?

    If you are on a Mac and using iPhoto or Aperture, use Arq backup to S3. Very good setup. I have over 100GB backed up this way.

    On Windows, use Skydrive (it's dirt cheap at $10/year for 27GB of storage) and dump all your photos on there.

      I've already got the free 25GB Skydrive, and pay $10 for unlimited on Crashplan. Getting a few hundred GB uploaded within a year given Australia's caps? Dubious.

    About 65,000 photos taking up a bit over 200GB with very little of that being from smartphones. A fair chunk of that is from years of travelling and I often stitch a panorama together from up to separate photos.

    I had 40,000 shots at the beginning of last year and haven't checked since then. Probably well past 60k by now, though I've barely picked up my camera in nearly 6 months. On my phone, about 80, but then I'm still rocking a 3GS. Better than nothing when you need it, but otherwise awful.

    I'm an amatuer photographer.. Checking the my QNAP 509 Pro NAS..
    1.1T ./Photos
    Which means I have about 1.1TB on my backup server and another 1.1TB on each of the backup drives (3).

    So potentially I have 5.5TB of photos with backups.

    Paaj: I've not found a 'fast, reliable and affordable' way to backup a large amount of data. Domestic internet connections in Australia are far from fast which means you need to seed the service by sending them a hard drive, those services that accept hard drive seeding are reliable but are not cheap.

    To be honest, buying a couple of 2TB/3TB drives, backing up on to them and then storing them at a (trusted) friends place is by far the fastest, reliable and affordable way of doing it.

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