You take pictures because you want to preserve history, right? How will your history in pictures be preserved? Where do your pictures live now? Are you sure? Do your kids and grandkids actually look at your pictures? Do you? When was the last time you looked at a picture you took more than, let’s say, a year ago? Do you even know where they are?
We take more pictures now than have ever been taken throughout history. According to BuzzFeed staff writer, Hunter Schwartz, as of September 24, 2012 about 10% of pictures ever taken had been taken in the previous 12 months.
The first photo ever was called “View from the Window at Le Gras” by French inventor Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826. It’s amazing that we have access to that image and that we know it was the first one.
Since then there have been estimates that we have taken almost 4 trillion pictures! In fact every 2 minutes today we snap as many pictures as the whole of humanity took in the 74 years between Niépce’s first image and the introduction of the Kodak Brownie camera in 1900. During that 74 years it is estimated that there were only a few million pictures that had been taken. Now we do that every 2 minutes.
With all those photos it’s easy to become overwhelmed with trying to organize and preserve what we are currently shooting with all of our digital devices. There are ways to preserve your memories for generations. Photo archiving can be a bit daunting so let’s talk about 6 methods of photo storage.