Photographers’ Habits behind the Scene…

A few weeks ago we launched a survey with you through two communities of photographers. No more clichés and myths! Let’s talk about your reality as a passionate, professional or amateur photographer in 2021!

From which camera do you take pictures…how many, with which software do you edit them, how do you store them…?

These and other questions were answered by the subscribers of the LinkedIn photo groups and by our subscribers to the CYME Newsletter.

Here are the results, as promised.

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Two hands, two eyes, many ways to take pictures!

1. What device do you use to take photos?

On this question, no big surprise: the smartphone now has a prominent place. More than two-thirds of you draw it as a complement to your traditional camera.

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Answer from the CYME community
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Devices matter
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Answer from Linkedin photo groups members

Easy trigger!

2. Do you know how many photos you have in your libraries?

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Answer from LinkedIn photo groups members
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Answer from the CYME community

Your photo library has more than 25,000 photos for half of you who are members of a LinkedIn photo group and 85% of the CYME community.

Nearly 15% of you have more than 250,000 photos…

How many photos per day in a lifetime?

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Is Windows or Mac better for photo editing?

3. On what platform do you edit your photos?

To this more-than-20-year-old debate your answers seem to give reason to the 50/50 split that we commonly hear….

But not for our CYME subscribers, with 85% on Mac!

The fact that we develop our solutions exclusively for the Mac is probably not the only reason.

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Answer from Linkedin photo groups members
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Plateforms preferences on photography matter
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Answer from the CYME community

The 3-2-1 backup rule…

4. What solutions do you use to store and manage your photos?

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CYME Newsletter Readers
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LinkedIn Photo Groups Members

Judging by the results of the “Where do you store your photos” question, almost half of you probably follow the most common backup tips to avoid disaster if one of your devices fails:

1. Have at least 3 copies of your data
2. Keep the copies on 2 different media
3. Store 1 copy off site

Do you respect these recommendations or have you found other ways to guarantee the security of your photos?

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Which is the best Cloud Storage Service?

5. Where do you store your photos?

Judging by your usage, iCloud and Google Photos are at the top, with Google Photo leading the LinkedIn cohort and iCloud for CYME users.

Dropbox, the historical player, is holding its own with almost 40% of users.

Is the near disappearance of Flickr in this table a surprise for you?

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Answer from the CYME community
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All the cloud available for photographers
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Answer from Linkedin photo groups members

Which Cataloging solution is best for photos?

6. What software do you use ?

Adobe is omnipresent with Lightroom and Photoshop, but for CYME users, there is great eclecticism with the use of multiple softwares (3 on average per user)! It is not surprising that Avalanche, the only tool allowing migration of photos from one software to another, has found favor in their eyes.

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CYME Newsletter Readers
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LinkedIn Photo Groups Members

Are you really efficient in organizing your thousands of digital photos?

7. How long does it take you to find your pictures?

This question brought quite impressive results!

40% of you can find any photo in your libraries in less than 30 seconds and an extra 40% if we extend the research time to 2 hours…

For those who have more than 250K images, this is superheroes’ performance!

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Answer from the CYME community
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Organization and time waste
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Answer from Linkedin photo groups members

You’ve got me really intrigued, and I’d love to learn more about your organization…

How do you actually organize your library–or should I say, libraries?
Is it easy to see all your photos?

Let’s explore the subject further together.

Take the next survey here and tell us more about your organization ideas and strategies!

Photo credits: Edmonton Photographer, Ingmar, Jakala Toney and Elien Decommer.

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