|Mobile subscriptions now nearly equal to the earth's population|
Arenamontanus. “World Population.” 2007-Jan-31. 2012-Aug07. http://flic.kr/p/z9Crj
A David & Goliath Story: Digital Cameras vs. Cameraphones
Ahoenen reports the cumulative shipments of all digital cameras ever made, is about 700 million units. It is estimated perhaps half that number, or 350 million units are still active and comprise the installed base. The stand-alone camera continues to sell about 100 million digital cameras per year.
Meanwhile, as of June 2012, Ericisson is reporting it believes global mobile penetration has reached 87 percent in Q1 2012 with mobile subscriptions now totalling around 6.2 billion. (Actual number of subscribers is around 4.2 billion, since many people have several subscriptions.) That is in excess of 6 billion mobile devices with more than half having camera capabilities on-board.
Going Nowhere Fast . . .
According to Ahoenen, “...for most people on the planet, the only camera they have ever used is one on a phone.” However, most of these pictures are not printed, sent via email or even saved one of the world’s 1.2 Billion personal computers, These billions of photos are instead only consumed by the person who took the photo, and perhaps shared by showing the phone itself to another person.
Erik Kessels, organizer of the creative Foam exhibition that displayed a large amount of printed pictures downloaded from the Internet in a single day, proclaimed within the next few decades there would be more from the late 20th century’s printed photography genre than from our more recent period of picture taking using a digital format based upon what he declared to be “the nature of the digital wasteland of the internet.” He continued, “...photography is no longer something precious as it once was and because of this, images of this period will disappear.”
Turn Disorder into Order
If you have photos (and you do!), then more than likely you have faced the challenge of keeping them organized. However, just when you might think you are about to perish in the sea of photo organizing, there is a lifeline being tossed your way. It comes in 3 basic forms. These are; Products, Programs, and People...better known as the 3P’s of Photo Organization.
Dealing with photo organization can be a bit overwhelming! Where do you start? What is the best way to approach organizing your photos? Many individuals try dealing with everything all by themselves. However, there is no need to suffer a feeling of being overwhelmed and isolated.
It’s simple – get some help!
Consider hiring a professional with expertise, knowledge and skill sets. Look to outsource parts of the project that you just can’t seem to get excited about or are holding you back. And finally, surround yourself with a support team to brainstorm ideas, plan and strategize.
That’s where the Association of Personal Photo Organizers (Appo) can help. Its members specialize in bringing expertise, knowledge and skill sets that can get - and keep - your photo organizing project on track. Photo Organizers work with clients on a personal level. They help to sort through images, find connecting themes, neatly catalogue and edit them into photo narratives and albums you will be proud to share with family or friends – now and for years to come.
If you need some help getting your photos and memories organization project launched, there is an Appo member in your area ready to take on the challenge.
Organizing and preserving photos is important, and Digital Directions sponsor E-Z Photo Scan can help! Learn more about how photo scanning can help you to keep, protect, share, and connect with your photos. Blog Contributor, Richard (Rick) Lippert, is a Certified Appo Member.