Sunday, December 29, 2019

2019 in Pictures

The iPhone changed the world of photography forever.

This chart is old (from 2013) but it provides some context for the explosion in photography.

The tremendous growth in photography started with the introduction of the first consumer digital cameras in the late 1990's followed by the introduction of the iPhone in 2007.

It is difficult to arrive at a precise estimate of how many photos will be taken in 2019. I have seen estimates over the last few years that put the total anywhere from 1.2 trillion images on the low end to 8.8 trillion per year on the high end.

To put that number in context, it is estimated by one source that there have only been 2.5-3.5 trillion pictures ever taken with analog film cameras since the first photograph in 1827. That means we are now taking more photos each year with our phones than were taken in all of human history before the introduction of the iPhone!

When you consider that there are 3 billion smartphones in use in the world and the average user takes somewhere close to 2,000 photos in a year it is easy to see how the 8 trillion number for this year is not too far-fetched.

What I find interesting is that the research suggests that smartphone users only delete about 10% of the photos they takes. The comparable number of deletions from professional photographers----80%-90%.

Here are a few of the photos I took on my iPhone during my travels during 2019 that I did not delete.

Reviewing these photos now makes me wonder how I found the time to write at all during the year.

It is truly a beautiful world we are blessed to live in.

Miramar Beach, Florida

Miramar Beach, Florida

Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

Hilton Head Island, SC

Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati

Shoshone Falls, Idaho

Snake River, Idaho

Rome, Italy

St. Peter's Basilica, The Vatican

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dobrota, Montenegro

Santorini, Greece

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Pompeii, Italy

Malaga, Spain

Ponta Delgada, Azores

Happy New Year to all of my readers!

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