How Many Photos Will Be Taken in 2021?

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It’s 2021, the year of the photo. Everyone with a phone effectively has a camera within reach, and photo enthusiasts have a DSLR or better. The market is flooded with a host of other image-capturing devices like drones, tablets, GoPros, nannycams, and webcams. With all of this technology at our fingertips, we’re capable of taking a lot of photos. So at Mylio, we wondered, “How many photos will be taken this year? And how will we store them all?”

How Many Photos will be Taken in 2021?

To answer these questions, we got in touch with our friends at Keypoint Intelligence. They’re interested in photos as well, and they had some fascinating data for us. For instance, they told us humanity will take 1,440,000,000,000 photos in 2021… that’s over 1.4 trillion. At first glance, that seems like a staggering number. And in some ways it is. 

For example, if you took one photo every second, it would take you over 45,662 years to snap the number of photos humans will take in 2021 (and your finger might be a little sore). If you had 1.44 trillion kids standing on each other’s shoulders, they would extend well past Saturn. But if you divide that number by the current population of Earth (approximately 7.87 billion people), you’ll see that each person averages only 183 photos each. Now of course babies won’t be taking any photos though an adorable percentage of those pictures will be of babies but it still puts the number in perspective. 

2021 Mylio Infographic

Keypoint Intelligence has also projected forward to next year, and the projected growth is quite incredible:

Projected number of photos taken per year:

YEAR 2020 2021 2022
PHOTOS TAKEN 1.4363 trillion 1.4397 tril. 1.5593 tril.
% CHANGE ⇧ 0.8% ⇧ 0.2% projected 8.3%

With a projected growth rate of 8.3%, we can only imagine what the following years will bring. And as technology improves, taking digital photos will only get easier… So what’s happening to all those photos?

What’s Happening to All Those Photos?

With photography on such a meteoric rise, the next logical question is, “What’s happening to all those digital photos?” What are people doing with this ever-growing mountain of digital images? Thankfully, Keypoint Intelligence had our back on this as well. In addition to how many photos people take, they also track the number of photos stored each year.

Projected number of photos stored each year:

YEAR 2020 2021 2022
PHOTOS STORED 7.3754 trillion 8.2956 tril. 9.2944 tril.
% CHANGE ⇧ 14.2% ⇧ 12.5% projected 12.0%

With numbers like these, it’s critical that people have a way to organize, manage, and protect their pictures. If you’ve ever scrolled through your phone’s camera roll, you’ve noticed the digital clutter that can quickly take over. Likewise, looking over dozens of nearly-identical pictures shot on burst mode, or hundreds of purely functional shots (there’s your airport parking stall number from Thanksgiving) can quickly become overwhelming. And tedious. Some of those unnecessary shots are eating up valuable storage space. And the keepers? Depending on your storage preferences, they are just one dropped phone or house fire away from being lost forever. So ask yourself, “How am I organizing and protecting my photos?” 

How to Organize and Protect Your Photos

Many people take photos without thinking about how to organize and protect them. Don’t let that be you. Here are some simple things we can all do to better manage our photo libraries. 

1. Organization: Take Advantage of Tools that Organize for You

The best photo today will be useless in ten years if you can’t find it, don’t know who’s in it, or when and why you took it. A good photo manager will do most of the work for you and help you efficiently fill in the other details. Mylio is the ideal tool for organizing your treasure trove of photos because it automatically does the heavy lifting for you and assists you with the rest. 

First, Mylio organizes your photos so they’re easy to search by date, location, and people. The Life Calendar gives you an intuitive and efficient way to browse images and see highlights from each day, month, year, and decade. It also has an elegant Map view that lets you see photos based on where you took them so you can easily find photos by places you’ve been. For those who have already started organizing, you can also create or copy over existing folders to save time. Mylio’s advanced facial recognition helps you organize the photos of people in your life. After you tag someone once, Mylio will automatically help you tag them in all future photos and create a personalized album for each person so you can see all the pictures you have of them.

And if you want even more control, Mylio has additional tools inside its toolkit. You can edit photos in RAW from any of your devices, add descriptions, as well as rate, star, edit, and tag pictures for easy finding later. And best of all, you can do all this from any of your devices, and the changes you make are automatically synced across your entire library. 

2. Protection: Follow the “3-2-1” Rule for Photo Security

In years past, photographers had to concoct elaborate schedules to back up their photos or risk losing the most recent ones. Today, that fanaticism isn’t necessary. Mylio automatically protects photos by syncing them across multiple devices so you never have to worry about a backup schedule. For simple steps to setup Mylio to protect your photos to an external hard drive with Mylio, check out this article. And if you choose a Seagate Drive in 2021, you get a complimentary subscription to Mylio as well. By storing your photos on an external hard drive synced to Mylio on your computer and phone, you accomplish two things: you’re well on your way to achieving the 3-2-1 Rule for photo security, and your photos are also conveniently accessible on all your devices. 

3. Share: Share & Print Only the Best

Those organized, edited, well-protected pictures aren’t doing anyone any good stashed away on a hard drive or your phone’s camera roll. Certainly, people don’t want to watch you scroll or swipe through hundreds of mediocre or bad photos on your phone or tablet. So use Mylio to quickly select and enhance your favorite shots, then share the best ones – and only the best. Here is a helpful guide for using Mylio to quickly cull through your photo library to find the best shots. Your goal should be to tell the story of your trip or event, and the pictures you choose to share should help bring that story to life. If people want to see more, they’ll ask! We all have plenty of photos to choose from, so only choose the absolute best to share. 

When you’re making a photo album, be sure to know how many photos will fit on each page. Aim to have enough pictures of each event to fill two open-facing pages. That way, each time you or a loved one turns a page, the photos that greet them all contribute to the same story. 

*Data Source: Keypoint Intelligence / InfoTrends Worldwide Consumer Photos Captured and Stored