What do you do with your photographs?

What do you do with your photographs?
Almost all who own mobile phones that have the capability to click photographs have overnight become photographers. Not so long ago only those with a passion for photography spent time with a camera in tow clicking away objects that fascinated them.

Professional photographers do it for their daily bread. But why do you take photos at the drop of a hat? And where do you store them. Do you store them at all? And what about those selfies? Do you really think taking photos cheek to cheek even with almost strangers a good thing to do?

Too many questions here but I am sure you have answers.


Well the fact is mobile devices and cameras have become so accessible now that taking photos is like a caveman primary level function;'Have camera, will take photo, unga monga!!' There doesn't even have to be a rhyme or reason to snap a photo and this is where the cameras or devices would simply state at the time of eventual calamity that there is no more storage space or battery life or someone may be caught in a compromising position taking a photo just because there was a camera at hand for the most part. Luckily there's alot of free cloud storage and portable drives are affordable these days. Even custom built servers offer a good storage solution, all of which I utilize to store my photos. Sometimes just deleting unwanted and unnecessary photos is a good way to maintain some order amidst your collection and preserve some well needed storage space.
Posted by Joteque on 08-31-2017
You are right. Luckily there is cloud storage and photos can be stored there. And they lay there for keeps.
We do not need that many photos to sit and reminisce - bringing back memories specially when it has become a 'unga monga situation' - in your own words. It is treated like a toy and that's it.
Posted by iamawriter on 09-01-2017
I don't like pictures to be honest. Never liked them as a kid and I still don't as an adult. I think that if pictures were used sparingly they would have much more value. Still, I do have a few pictures that I keep because I consider important. Those are mainly of deceased family members and of my girlfriend, and I keep them on my desktop
Posted by Marvadaum on 08-31-2017
It is difficult to keep to the limit that you are talking about specially when the device is there at hand and all what one needs is to aim and shoot and store them in a folder. It is the ease with which it is done these days that photography has gained prominence. Once a photo is clicked and photos are clicked by the hundreds it is difficult to believe that they will be looked at again.
Posted by iamawriter on 09-01-2017
I love taking pictures and I love collecting photos of people, events and the nature. I keep all my photos in my computer. Basically, I use my photos in my personal blog and most of them are simply uploaded in social media. I always see to it that all the photos that I took will be put to good use. It has become my passion to capture every memory, every destination or every people that I have been with so that in the future I may be able to take a glimpse of it. I have this crazy idea that if in the future something might happen and remove my memory, those photographs will remind me that once in my life I've been to those places and be with those people. I may not recognize them but the feeling that photographs associate will be my constant reminder.
Posted by Istine on 08-31-2017
Before the mobile came into being, you must have had a camera that you must have been using. What was your camera. Or do you still use it as taking a photo using a camera surely produces far better results. There are many for whom photography is a passion and you must be one of them. Having said that reaching a stage where one becomes an addict is what is disturbing.
Posted by iamawriter on 09-01-2017
I upload them on Facebook, simply! Actually, there is more... I create various album - since I mostly took photos in place I visit while traveling, not everyday stuff - and add funny captions and descriptions to them. I have a lot of fun writing funny comments under them, and I know that some of my friends on Facebook look at my albums just to read those weird funny stuff. It's all a bit silly, but I don't like to upload a photo and leave that white space just blank... If it's some photo of a random stuff during the day, I just upload it without creating an album maybe or, if it's something I took a photo of because it had something fun but just fun for close friends (maybe there is a reference to some other friends or stuff that happened to us) I just send it on Whatsapp.
Posted by Xilkozuf on 08-31-2017
Talking about uploading on FB this friend who was on a world tour was uploading pictures on her page everyday for days on end. I used to just skip them It is ok if there are just a few selected ones but hers was literally albums. And all this because it was easy for her to click them using her mobile phone and just upload. Cluttering FB pages just because it is easy to do it what I feel could be given a second thought.
Posted by iamawriter on 09-02-2017
I just keep them for posterity. The digital photos are stored on my phone or on an SD card, but I have boxes of photos around from the days when film cameras were all the rage. It is just one of the things that I have to deal with. Many people will take pictures and store them wherever they can. It is just their thing to do. Some pictures are fantastic and need to be stored.
Posted by kgord on 08-31-2017
I am speaking from my own experience. Today's generation is not so keen on spending time looking at photographs from albums that do not belong to them. Keeping them for posterity is therefore questionable. We have countless black and white albums languishing in cupboards and now digital photos stored in folders in my computer.
Posted by iamawriter on 09-02-2017
for me i take a picture for a memories i store it through cloud servers and some with the album i don't really have the talent to be a photographer to take photos greatly and some earn money to take photos from others. but i do only for happiness with family friends to bond with. and it really makes me enjoy photography.
Posted by tophew on 08-31-2017
I store my photographs on my phone and on my drives. It's been very long I took got a hard copy of any of my photos. I use my phone more often to take pictures especially when I go out with my friends because it's easy and mobile. I don't need to get a professional photographer to snap me. Even now, I can take my pictures myself with the help of front cameras. However, I still prefer hard copy to soft copy.
Posted by wiiky28 on 08-31-2017
I'll do a variety of things with my photos. On the most basic level, I have all of my photo shoots organized by the date that they occurred and who my models or subjects were. All of my original and edited files are kept in those folders so they're organized when I move them only my external hard drive. As I edit them, they'll go into a Facebook album most likely for my friends to share, but I'll take the best pictures from each photo shoot and put them up on my Instagram page one at a time as well.

I like to try and update my Instagram page once a day to keep myself in front of people, so constantly taking and editing photos is great for my content generation in that aspect.
Posted by TheArticulate on 08-31-2017
As I have commented elsewhere they are all viewed just once and forgotten the moment the next activity gets one's attention. That is the value of photos these days. There is much too much too see and very little time to indulge on it. I have seen photos being clicked and not even opened to see them. It is just a craze as it is so easy to click these days.
Posted by iamawriter on 09-02-2017
Oh if only I had photographs that I could do something with. If I were a talented photographer, first I would set a website/blog to showcase my work. Provide contact info in case somebody likes my photos and wants me to work for them.

Example of a photographer's website: http://www.theboss.photos/

To advertise my photos and/or get some “publicity” in order to make myself known, I would create social media accounts (start with Twitter and link it to Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc); use other means of circulating my work (like tools like newsletter or magazine publishing); and join communities (social sites like Niume and Virily or professional networks specifically devoted to artists and photographers … just Google “community for photographers” to find them).
Posted by cmoneyspinner on 08-31-2017
I understand your frustration (lol) but those who own mobiles that have the capability to shoot pictures just use them indiscriminately. They just click and forget about it. The other day my niece came over and clicked a few pictures. I was eagerly hoping she would share them with me but I doubt if she even stored them. She must have already deleted them as she would need that memory to take more pictures and then delete them. (lol)
Posted by iamawriter on 09-01-2017
This reminds me of what my mom has complained to me as well. Before we have digital cameras, we always showed them the photos we took. When we first had our digital camera, we still showed them the pictures on the screen one by one. Later, I was actually quite lazy to do so, and perhaps too many pictures have been taken, and I didn't even spend time organizing the pictures especially after my second child was born. My mom kept complaining she doesn't see much of our pictures nowadays. Glad that she is on Facebook now, once in a while, I will upload some pictures to Facebook and she got to see them.

I know I should really spend time to organize the pictures, but as it's not in my priority list yet, so I haven't do so. I used to backup the photos in my external hard disk, and now I just store them in cloud storage. It's easier for me to search in the cloud now.
Posted by kaka135 on 12-14-2018
I'm nowhere near a professional photographer, and really only take pictures for sentimental value. I fell like I should start printing them out, since physical copies of photos always seem to have more meaning (at least for me) than digital copies. Still, I've realized I never really look at them unless I want to reminisce.
Posted by yaorice on 08-31-2017
My mom does exactly what you're considering doing with your digital photos. She's a huge scrapbooker, so she prints all of her favorite photos of our family and relatives in order to put them into her physical scrapbook or turn them into a calendar. I've always been impressed with how much dedication she's had to scrapbooking!
Posted by TheArticulate on 09-01-2017
I just keep them on my phone, to be honest. And depending on how nice the picture was I will probably upload it to some social media sites. People take photographs so that they can look back at them to remember a certain date or event. It's all just there for memories and sharing with your friends to enjoy as well. Does anyone get their photos printed anymore? My mum has so many albums of me when I was growing up but all the pictures for my sister are on their phones and Facebook.
Posted by kingcool52 on 08-31-2017
In the good old days there were very few events but it is not so now. Countless events, countless photos no place to store and finally no time to look at those photos but just because a click is all that is required to collect those photos that is the reason why so many photos are created. The wedding album for example will be so heavy that one needs two to lift it. But life goes on - a wasted effort.
Posted by iamawriter on 09-02-2017
I keep photographs or pictures that captured my wonderful moments together with the important people of my life. So that every time I want to reminisce all I have to do is open my file photos or open the photo album. For me to remember what I've been through from my previous days, weeks or even years.
Posted by rogel on 08-31-2017
That's really good. I like to take photos of my friends and family. Going through those photos actually brings back good memories. I also have pictures of some of my pets which are no longer in this world. I do look at their photos from time to time.
Posted by Pixie on 09-02-2017
I only really use my phone's camera to take photos nowadays because it is so easy, fast and convenient. The phones can take such incredible pictures that I am still amazed. Why do I take pictures? Why not? It is great to capture anything you want. Nature, funny moments, selfies, your pets and more. I love to look back at the pictures and reminiscence. I currently have over 5.000 pictures on my phone. Thank god that I have a 32GB SD card or my phone would be completely full. I very rarely upload them anywhere. Sometimes to the Facebook but other than that nowhere. I do not have any pictures on Twitter or Instagram.
Posted by Mehano on 08-31-2017
I take all photos, necessarily. Because, when ever i wanted to look, for something that could makes memorable. I take pictures everywhere, and save it to analyze. Sometimes, I printed it out so that, I have my own solid copy of image. I take photos with someone, I've known, so I have memory to that someone.

People have their own uniques ways to take pictures. Some people tend to save it, and even burn some DVD. I take out more selfies than classical picture, a moderate one. I prefer to take picture in a neat way, because it's my taste of taking images.
Posted by jaysolano12 on 08-31-2017
I love taking pictures with my iPhone, and it does everything that I need; so I do not actually have a real camera any more, and I do not miss it at all. I take pictures of the yard, of my flowers, and most of the pictures are either my family or my pets. I store them online in my Flickr album, because i can separate the pictures into different albums and I can designate who can see each album. This way , some pictures that are not personal can be public, and ones that are personal can only be seen by my friends and family. I also like to edit the photos, add frames or borders, and put them on Facebook. I belong to several facebook groups and sometimes I share pictures with the group. Pictures are a lot of the way that I stay in touch with my family, and they all like to take pictures also, so we can always see what someone else in the family is up to.
Posted by Happyflowerlady on 08-31-2017
I too am a passionate photographer but my contention is that once the posted photos are seen by whoever is interested in seeing them that would be the first and the last time that they would be seen. I doubt if anyone would have continued interest to spend time on them. Even photos taken at events have the same fate. We have loads of albums but they just languish.
Posted by iamawriter on 09-02-2017
Lol. Sounds like you aren't fond of saving memories. Pictures could be used as reference materials, evidences or just for memories. Imagine if you haven't taken any picture of yourself or your family or your dog, after 20 years you will be alone and sitting under a tree, you have a phone but without pictures in it cause well, you didn't like having some back in the day. You will just probably play the holographic snake version. :)
Posted by galegatling on 08-31-2017
(lol). Just for your information I have a passion for photography but I do not have a mobile that helps me with my passion. I have a great camera and my picture folders are busting at the seams. I am a gardener, traveller, pet lover, party organiser. I have messy folders as they have not been categorised in a manner they should have been.
When there was only black and white photography and when digitisation was never heard of, I had fewer pictures. I would just sit and look at them and even our guests would spend time with our albums but these days no one even asks if they can see my videos and stuff. Sad but true. I do share pictures on my writing sites and also on FB but the number is mind boggling (Ilol)
Posted by iamawriter on 09-01-2017
I am constantly taking photos of my cat (and kids when they are not looking) on my phone. When I am alone and bored, scrolling through my gallery brings me comfort. I have also acquired the habit of taking photos of adds I may use at a later date. It's only photos of those close to me that have any impact, people can keep their sunrises and landscapes.
Posted by Rhombus on 08-31-2017
I like to take photos with my phone to commemorate special moments or sights that I encounter. Some of them I will delete but others I will store someplace where I can look at them and have a good time remembering those captured moments.
Posted by Vatroslav on 08-31-2017
Well, I don't take random photos. But the few I take i use them for my designs, because most of the pictures I take are perfect shots,although I hardly get the perfect shots, but I do most times and it's mainly for commercial activities. And for my design works,because instead of buying pictures online I do take them myself and create the scene I need.
Posted by Authord on 08-31-2017
I don't like having selfies honestly, i'm camera shy, but i know i have to fight it to keep my memories on photos. I only take photos on special occassion, and specially when i go on vacation to different places that i visit. I have this passion on travelling and going to tourist spot. So taking photos is my way of treasuring those moments. i keep a copy of it on my facebook account and also on my laptop and portable harddisk. I just to make sure that whatever happens to the other one that i store it, i still have back ups.
Posted by zheh on 08-31-2017
I take a lot of pictures for personal use and for the sake of memories and I store them in folders on my computer based on category. I look through them from time to time when I want to look back at old memories.
Posted by anna on 08-31-2017
I am not a selfie-addict like many people nowadays, who have real fun doing this. Occasionally yes with nice makeup or new dress I take it, but not like a tradition. As for photos, I keep them in my flash-drives. Sometimes check them up to brighten up my memories about nice vacation, places I've been and people I met.
Posted by RosieCheeks on 09-01-2017
I like to make a lot of photos and create a lot of memories with my family. I like to make pictures with my kid because it is great to watch these pictures later when he is grown. Usually, I store my pictures on a DVD, but most of them I make them paper pictures and add them to our family album. I never forget to store my pictures, because a few years ago I have lost some important memories with someone that died, and since that time I always store my pictures!
Posted by wallet on 09-01-2017
I'm somewhat of an amateur photographer, but I only do it as a hobby. I have myself some good photography equipment and everything, but I just don't have the time to focus on it enough to make a career out of it. I like taking pictures of beautiful things in nature, like flowers or the moon, or taking pictures of my cat doing cute things. I don't do much with them outside of posting them on my Facebook and gathering "likes." Taking pictures is just fun, and I just like having them around so I can tell myself I snapped something that's beautiful to look at.
Posted by Denis_P on 09-01-2017
You are so right. With the emergence of cellphones with camera, everyone became photographers at anytime they see something of interest and I am proud to say I am one of them. Actually, I transfer them to my SD card so the phone's storage will not be compromised. I take pictures of anything that takes my interest and I find beautiful. But the my most pictured subject is the Mayon Volcano, the famous landmark and tourist attraction of our province, Albay of the Bicol Region of the Philippines. Of course, pictures of occasions I attended also always take the storage of my phone. With all those pictures in my camera, I choose. what to attach to my posts at online. writing site like this.
Posted by SimplyD on 09-01-2017
I mostly upload my images on the social media. And some of the time I upload the images to the sites where they can be sold to the image sites. So that being said, photographs is something one has to consider for earning random earnings. I have foap app. And that app can be good for posting images. But the income is not something that is guaranteed. So I make sure that I add some good amount of images to justify demand for images.
Posted by overcast on 09-01-2017
Uploading to social media could actually be a form of backup if you really wanted to see it that! I usually upload all of the photos from a photoshoot or all of the photos from my vacation onto social media. If, for whatever reason, my hard drive crashes or I love the original files, they'll still be online for me to re-download.
Posted by TheArticulate on 09-01-2017
I use to save them all and the best pictures, I post them on my social media. I use to take pictures to animals, flowers, trees or any kind of nature stuff. Also, I have a lot of pictures with friends and relatives to remember the good moments.
Posted by cubo on 09-01-2017
Generally, I simply put them somewhere in a folder and.. forget about them. I'm not a photo-kind of person, even though I do take some selfies for social medias -although I hate doing it, but eh, it's necessary if you want to be considered.
Posted by Wyvh on 09-01-2017
I basically only take digital photographs now, and I download those off of my phone, every month or so, onto my laptop. Then, when I am being smart and remember to do so, I back these photos up on thumbdrives as if the thumbdrives were little scrapbbooks. Some pictures I display on social media sites that I am on, and I have even used some, in the past, on my blogs and for other promotional reasons. The key thing is to back them up and not just keep them on your phone. I have had friends complain so many times about losing all of their pictures when their phones got lost, broken, stolen, or just died.
Posted by JoeMilford on 09-01-2017
As much of a hassle as it might sound, it's also a good idea to keep a backup of your backup, just for safe keeping. I had a hard drive that was completely full of videos and photos from jobs I'd done over the course of a year. I had a past client reach out and want some of the files I had backed up, and I came to find that the hard drive had died on me. It wouldn't be recognized and I couldn't pull the files off no matter what I tried. I took it to Ribbit Computers and they said it was possible to make it work, but it'd have to go to some company that specialized in hard drives and would cost me hundreds of dollars to reassemble the drive.

It was not worth it for me to have the drive fixed, and I learned a valuable lesson about backing my stuff up to multiple places!
Posted by TheArticulate on 09-01-2017
I know what you mean, I'm not this kind of person and I only take photos of things that I want to capture and save as a memory. Lately I've been taking pictures of flowers, nature and my pets. I edit them with some app that I have and then I share them, not all of them of course. I have a folder only for the pictures that I take for fun. With the selfies, I usually end up deleting most of them. I know of some people who take pictures of every little thing they do, for instance, if they are going to prepare a nice meal they take pictures of every ingredient and things like that and then share them on Facebook, I don't see the point of this, it's kind of silly.
Posted by felabruno on 09-01-2017
I take pictures wherever I go and I usually use some of them on my blog. I have tried to sell some of the photos that I have taken online but have not really been lucky. I also save my pictures on my external hard disk. I have lost many good pictures in the past and I am more careful now. I don't usually upload my pictures on social medias as in the past people have been stealing my photos and I don't find it secure to share my photos on social medias.
Posted by Pixie on 09-02-2017
I take pictures of anything I like. Be it a hat, gadget, nature, a person or just any other lovely thing. Apart from people, I upload everything else on social media. The rest I upload to one drive and drop box. Only the best of those pictures. After that, I just delete everything else from my phone and only keep those that I want to use as wallpapers and lock screen pictures.
Posted by evash19 on 09-02-2017
First off, I had been taught to use the phone on a horizontal position when taking pictures. That is to simulate the format of the computer screen or tv. Taking pictures with the phone in a vertical position would create black space on the left and on the right when you view the picture on the computer screen. As with archiving, it is imperative to upload the pictures and videos on your phone into the computer for proper archiving. You don't know when your phone would act up or get the pictures corrupted. Pictures and videos can be likened to your history so you have to take good care of the pictures and videos you had taken on your phone or by a digital camera.
Posted by Corzhens on 09-03-2017
I don't think it's imperative that you take photos horizontally every single time. There's nothing wrong with taking vertical photos. Sometimes turning your camera vertical is required to get the right angle and composition that you want from a photo. Horizontal facing is really only necessary if we're talking about video. It's generally not a good idea to take vertical video because the black lines will keep you from utilizing the full screen potential of a computer. However, if you're sharing your videos on a platform like Instagram or Snapchat, their playback is in vertical format so vertical videos and photos are actually encouraged there.
Posted by TheArticulate on 09-03-2017
I take many photos for posterity. Times change. Sometimes that change can come without warning and with absolute finality. You don't know for a fact that you will be going to bed in the same place you woke up this morning. I take a lot of pictures of the same things in different circumstances so I'll have a record of the memories I made in those places. The very important photos get uploaded to a cloud storage service so I'll know they're safe even in the event of a house fire.
Posted by JaiGuru on 09-03-2017
Genuinely speaking, I am not one of those people who take a lot of pics. On the other hand, i do take some pics with friends and save them in my pc when they jumble up in my phone.Make folders and name them with dates or places where they were taken. But nowadays most of the people just take pics and forget about them.This is why I like the old times when people took pics with quite care and delicacy as the reel used to be quite expensive.
Posted by muaaz.93 on 09-03-2017
I'm not that fond of taking a selfie of with only me much rather than taking selfie with others people as I'm not that camera friendly (says the one with a selfie on his own profile pic). Well usually I just keep those pictures taken from my phone to my very own phone and never delete any of it as I cherished every moment I take a pic with my love one. Yes that's probably the only time I like to take pictures because sometimes we look back on those aged pictures and reminisce about the past and time we spent with people on that particular pics.
Posted by narutos3nn1n on 09-04-2017
When you talk about keeping track of of memories, the best way to achieve that is through photographs. Without photographs most of memories we shared are lost without any single trace of them anymore. Some memories are even forgotten but once a picture is available and is seen, such memories starts flushing back.

This is evident in some cases of psychological evaluation or memory recall, most therapist employ the use of photographs to treat and evaluate their patients and I think it works perfectly fine because if not so, it won't be still used today. Some cases of hypnosis is carried out with the use of photos and images.

So personally, I don't joke with my photographs as they are very dare to me. I am not one for too much pictures snapping but the ones that I do actually take, I hold them dear.
Posted by Heatman on 09-05-2017
I don't really take photograph with my phone since i don't have a phone that can snap. My normal photograph are kept in safe place for reference and for remembrance of the past only.
Posted by babyright on 09-05-2017
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I only take photos when there's an occasions and something like worth remembering. After that I choose beautiful photos and upload it in facebook. Others I save it in a memory card and keep it as a memory.
Posted by rose thornes on 09-06-2017
I am a hobbyist photographer, Intake pictures with my cell phone as well as DSLR. I have never sold my photographs, however, one day I will start my photography business. Currently, I use my photographs with my online articles. I have stored my photographs on my computer as well as an external hard disc. I have 25 GB of digital photographs.
Posted by vinaya on 09-06-2017
My olders pictures are mostly in photo albums but any that I have taken since things went digital are saved on memory sticks. I haven't gotten pictures printed in many years which I find kind of sad. The Future generations won't have old photos to go through like we do. We have many photos of our family in the generation before us.
Posted by Sue on 09-10-2017
I don't take that many photos at all as I feel like it cheapens the experience of being there and feeling the moment. Once in a while I think it's okay but if I do it constantly I feel like I am starting to do things more so I can have something to take a photo of rather than it being the other way around. If I'm somewhere and want to be there then I don't even take out my phone to browse online because I feel like everyone does that way too much and it takes away from the real life experience. As for my old photographs, they are just kept somewhere and I don't even look at them at all.
Posted by Wubwub on 12-17-2017
I do not particularly have many photos, but whenever I have some new photos, I like to save it to folders on my computer and use them on social networks.
Posted by hermessantos on 01-28-2018
My photographs serves as memories kept for remembrance any day that I feel the need to refresh my heart with good old memories. I always make sure to back up all my important photos online in case there is an incident of virus or file corruption which would render the pictures useless and inaccessible. In my android device, I make use of Google photos to back up all my photos and feel safe that I can have access to them from anywhere in the world with just an access to an internet enabled device.
Posted by Martinsx on 02-21-2018
Same with us, our photographs are our journal of sorts. When we have a question about an occasion, we would look up the archive of photos to check for the details. Oftentimes the question was if a person attended the occasion. Well, the photos can speak for themselves if the person was present or not. We also take pictures of appliances and other household items we buy just for the record. That’s another use of our photos just like a logbook with a date and time stamp.
Posted by Corzhens on 09-26-2018
I upload my photos in social medias and serve as a folder and it will stay there. Sometimes if the photo is special and is taken in special occasion I will print it out.
Posted by nrnlss on 11-01-2018
I have back-ups of all my photographs and memories of my life. I am this type of person wherein if I miss the moment, I will just look at the photographs and I will feel the same feeling I felt before at that moment. Photographs capture those moments, it captures those memories. Because sometimes, photographs are the only thing that we only have when we miss a part of our life that everything is a bliss even though in reality, people in that photo already changed.
Posted by vivalavanda on 11-04-2018
I'm trying to be more diligent with actually printing things out ever since i had kids. I want them to have photo albums to look back on and enjoy! I think it's nice having printed pictures in this day and age of so many things being electronic only.
Posted by amelia88 on 11-14-2018
I keep them in my room and display them on my wall. I have these DIY hanger clips and I often just put some good old photos of my family, my friends and my class pictures through the years to make something cool and unique.
Posted by YoloBoy on 12-14-2018