Poll Results: How often do you take photographs?

Last week, I started something new on Beyond Phototips, and 78 people (actually 79, but somebody accidentally entered an empty custom field) took part! Here’s the actual poll.

I got to put together a nice pie chart before doing a rough analysis of the results!

How often do you take photographs?

Now for the Deconstruction:

Every Day15
Every Week33
Every Week-End4
From Time-To-Time15
When there’s a family event1
When I Find My Camera1
10,000 images per year3
Whenever I Travel1
When I See Something Interesting4

This is how the numbers looked at the end of the week, with most photographers taking pictures every week [33 of them! / 42%]. The second group was a tie… 15 [19%] each shot every day, and “from time-to-time”.

What is interesting is that there are some people out there who shoot up to 100 pictures a day. Eric, commented that though he’d put down that he shot over 10,000 images a year, it does not say much for the quality of pictures.

I’d like to briefly mention that with each photograph that you take, if you analyse your composition, the light available, and your exposure (think of those three to start with) and think of ways to improve your reaction to that situation, you’ll always end up with better photographs at the end of those 10,000 and a year…

Cheers to all of you who took part! Do look for the next poll, coming this Friday!

Susheel Chandradhas

Susheel Chandradhas

Susheel Chandradhas is a Product Photographer and Filmmaker based in India. He has been taking photographs (almost) all his life. He has a diploma and a bachelors degree in Visual Communication, where his classmates all believed that he would write a book on photography... Instead, he writes on this website (because - isn't a community more fun?).

His passions include photography, parkour, wide-angle lenses, blue skies, fire extinguishers, and fast computers.

In addition to writing for Beyond Photo Tips, Susheel is a staff writer for Fstoppers.com, and owns and runs ColoursAlive, a photography, and video production studio.

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  1. Interesting results. A little feedback. There are so many similar colors in your chart it makes it difficult to differentiate the various responses. One last comment I’m surprised some folks have put such an emphasis on the number taken per day or year when the question was about frequency. It’s not the quantity its the quality that matters. Perhaps thats a Jim nit.

  2. Jim,

    Perhaps I did get a bit carried away with the colours… Thats something that I need to look in to. Thanks for that.

    I am not really surprised about the emphasis on numbers though… With the ease with which you can take 1000 pictures in a day on digital, its not difficult to imagine taking 10,000 a year. I suspect that my Dad shoots about that many in 3 months when shooting professionally.

    Ultimately, its only the one or two memorable pictures that count.

  3. The colors are repeated in the chart, well you said you will look into it. Oh btw i think i’m the 79th pereson. I added a new custom field called “whenever i’m in the mood to shoot”. But a javascript error threw up and it didnt get added and i got too lazy to try again. :-)

  4. @ Umesh. No you’re not. The poll was supposed to be closed last night, so maybe that’s why you got the error. On the other hand, its not supposed to allow you to add, or vote. There’s another thing that i’ll have to look into!

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