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Confession: I Take Too Many Photos

I take too many photos. And you probably do, too.

I’ve got photos of my Converse sneakers, photos of my hands, photos of signs, of grass, of fences & of animals. I take photos to remember objects, to remember new friends (long since forgotten), to capture a moment. To get a different angle.

I don’t know about you, but maybe we spend too much time trying to capture something (not even anything real, just a memory) and less time just… being?

What are your thoughts? I’ve been conflicted on the subject of everyday photography for a while now. I like to have the memories (a picture’s worth a thousand words, right?), but I also don’t want to sacrifice the actual moment with the click of a shutter. And yes, I know you can mute digital cameras. Just something about whipping out my camera and snapping a photo distracts from the moment at hand.

But maybe I’m overreacting. Besides, I’ve got hundreds of photos already uploaded to my Flickr account & I’m adding more every day.

  1. Shawn says:

    As someone who struggles to take any photos, I can tell you that you don't take too many photos. It's the really great part of digital cameras that you can spam the hell out of anything with no regrets. It's got to be way better than regretting having no photos like I do.

    ps:so ya know, hulu vids only work for americans.

  2. Cornelius Aesop says:

    I don't think there is anything wrong with taking 'too many photos' especially if you use and share them with others. In fact I am reading up on a better way to host my photos on my site, to encourage more photo taking. I've written things and thought, oh I know this great photo I took a year ago for this post. I say keep on clicking, especially photos of the wombat!

  3. Adam says:

    Oh man! I definitely do not struggle to take photos (at least recently). And yeah, I do kinda remember knowing that Hulu videos don't work outside of the US. Kinda forgot that, on a travel blog, people are likely to be viewing from around the world. #FAIL

  4. Adam says:

    I'll be interested to hear how you end up hosting photos on your site. I've been trying to figure out some good ways of organizing and sorting all my photos and it's just become pretty overwhelming. Ack!

  5. Adam says:

    Hiya Shannon,
    You're right about wanting bunches of photos for use later on (without any license fees—whew!). How do you sort all of them, though?! That's what I'm dealing with now and it's only going to get more difficult while out and about.

  6. Adam says:

    I remember on a 2-week trip around Australia I actually ended up limiting myself to how many photos I could take at each “event” I went to for the day. I was pretty good about it and would go through at the end of the day and delete photos that weren't up to snuff.

    I was constantly reviewing them, but at the time I had easy access to recharge my batteries. That's less likely to be the case according to my current itinerary… but who knows!

  7. ShannonOD says:

    I definitely suffer from this! I have so many gigs of photos from my RTW that it's just crazy. At one point though, I took this POV, and I drastically cut back on the photos, in the hope that I would gain “more” from the experience…and I did take it down a notch, but in the end, as a blogger, there are shots I later wish I had just grabbed for later use :-) All in moderation, that's my theory, I like having all of those memories from my trip, even if a few were a bit silly to keep.

  8. I hear ya!

    Isn't that why we have digital cameras? I love the freedom & taking tons on our open ended world tour increases the chances of having more good ones! ;)

  9. Sasha says:

    I'm and obsessive photo taker!!! My camera is my best friend!!! Even in my hometown on a night out i may take between 50 and 120 pics LOL. On my last trip 3 weeks i took 2000 pics and actually now looking back i would probably have taken more, i can remember things i didn't get pics of that i should and lets face it memory ain't always gonna be as good as it is now. Plus you have to get all those different angles because you just don't know what is gonna look the best till u get it on a big screen!!! Of course you don't want to spend the whole time looking through a lens, it's nice to have stories to tell not just pictures to show but i've never really found it hard to balance, as long as the camera is on the ready if that great photographic moment is to arise.

    I always have to carry around a spare memory card in my day pack as well as a spare battery, my camera gets quite a workout!!! I try to only use 1G memory at a time cos i figure my camera gets stolen i've only lost a couple of hundred photos.

  10. Adam says:

    That's awesome! Thank you so much.

    I do something similar by tagging my favorite photos as “beautiful” so every time I need something really breathtaking (or just to cheer me up) I can search that keyword. Thanks again!

  11. Adam says:

    Two thousand pics in 3 weeks?! WOW!

    You're right about seeing what it looks like on a big screen. Unfortunately, I won't have a big screen while traveling. Also, I'm with you on smaller memory cards to avoid losing ALL your photos if something's stolen.

  12. ShannonOD says:

    Besides by country (obviously) I arrange by mini categories that I am likely
    to need later – transportation is a big one. In my transportation folder I
    have basic shots of buses Scotland, cabs in India, rickshaws, ferries,
    planes etc – whatever type of transport I go on. When I am sorting each
    country I pull out those ones and add to that specific folder. Electronics
    is another folder (pics of the laptop in various places). Safety, gear, etc.
    plus a “best” folder of the prettiest pro looking shots. I just do a quick
    pull when I initially sort :-) Hope that helps!!

  13. Jay says:

    Cool! Looks like your blog is taking off in a big way! …I am jealous!

  14. Anil says:

    I've got the opposite problem, I never take enough pictures!

  15. Adam says:

    Hey Anil,
    Funny how several people have said the same thing. I'm kinda surprised considering how easy it is to upload & share photos on so many different sites.

    Maybe I'm not in as bad of shape as I'd thought!

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