30,000

by Wendy Copley on November 24, 2008

I took my 30,000th photo with our digital camera last week. Can you believe that? We bought it in April of 2005, so it’s taken about three and a half years for us to take that many photos. In honor of the occasion I decided to go back through our files and show the 10,000th and 20, 000th photos as well.

30,000

30,000

View of the sunset and BART from our back porch.
Taken: November 16, 2008

20,000

Our 20,000th photo

Carving pumpkins for the first time. I was about to give Wyatt a kiss in this photo, so that’s why my mouth is like that.
Taken: October 31, 2007

10,000

10,000th Photo

Roses from our back yard, lined up on the window sill above our sink. Not a bad view when you’re doing the dishes.
Taken: September 4, 2006

One of the things that I think is striking about these three photos is that they all feature “every day” kinds of subjects. This is one of the things that I like best about digital photography — because there are no physical barriers (no film in the house!) and no financial barriers (films too expensive to waste!) we end up photographing anything that strikes our fancy.  As little as ten years ago, people approached photography very differently.  Many people only brought out the camera for special events — birthdays, holidays, etc. — and had very few family photos. There are people I know whose childhood photos wouldn’t even fill a whole shoebox. Flash forward to the age of digital cameras and our family is taking 10,000 photos every 14 months. By the time both of my kids graduate from college, we could easily have a quarter of a million photos of them. Insane.

10,000 photos a year cause their own kind of problems, of course.  I have photo management “strategies”. We struggle to keep our photos backed up and sorting through the many photos requires a lot of time. But I’m thrilled to have a visual record of our family’s life.

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  • jo

    thanks for this post, i know it really resonates with me and my family. before we got a digital camera we hardly took any photos, and now we take tons! because i’m not scared of wasting film anymore, i’ve become a lot more experimental in the way i take pictures, and now i’m addicted to photography and getting a lot more serious about it.
    you’re so right that it’s a great way to have an “everyday” visual record of family life.
    and your photos are beautiful. i especially love the one of the roses in the window.

  • jo

    thanks for this post, i know it really resonates with me and my family. before we got a digital camera we hardly took any photos, and now we take tons! because i’m not scared of wasting film anymore, i’ve become a lot more experimental in the way i take pictures, and now i’m addicted to photography and getting a lot more serious about it.
    you’re so right that it’s a great way to have an “everyday” visual record of family life.
    and your photos are beautiful. i especially love the one of the roses in the window.

  • Pappy

    How can I not give you a hearty huzzahh. As one who took a lot of film pictures, I have to say I think I did well but not to the tune of 30,000. I had enough forethought to index and store my negatives but nothing like this. I hope mine are well organized enough that they won’t get thrown in the dumpster when I’m gone. Now if I could only get you to do 3D I would feel fullfilled.

  • Pappy

    How can I not give you a hearty huzzahh. As one who took a lot of film pictures, I have to say I think I did well but not to the t\une of 30,000. I had enough forethought to index and store my negatives but nothing like this. I hope mine are well organized enough that they won’t get thrown in the dumpster when I’m gone. Now if I could only get you to do 3D I would feel fullfilled.

  • Great number! Isn’t it great to have a digital camera with no costs of as many pics as you want to take? lol…

  • Great number! Isn’t it great to have a digital camera with no costs of as many pics as you want to take? lol…

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