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Nearly Half of Digital Camera Owners Don’t Take Pictures

Curious about how digital camera owners use their snappy devices, Serif, the maker of image editing software, interviewed 2,000 camera owners in England. The most striking result: 42 percent of digital camera owners don’t take pictures.

The research shows that, of that 42 percent, more than half–52 percent–said they really would like to spend more time taking pictures.

Of the people who do use their cameras, a third said they use their camera’s control and options, and 59 percent use photo-editing software.

SPOILER ALERT: Before you continue reading, take a look at the four photos here and see if you can guess their ranking when it comes to the type of photos people take.

Photos by Ron White
Stats that turned up in Serif’s research:

Store photos in camera or on hard drive…………………………………..75%

Print them using a home printer…………………………………………….38%

Share their photos on services such as Twitter or Facebook…………..37%

Use their pictures in a scrapbook…………………………………………..19%

Concentrate on pictures of people……………………………………………62%

Specialize in landscapes………………………………………………………42%

Take pictures of wildlife and nature……………………………………………35%

Photos of pets……………………………………………………………………25%

So if you’re one who doesn’t understand the controls on your camera or perhaps you just need a few tips to get inspired again, here’s a few groovy guides from our photography archive I highly recommend!

1 – The Three Steps To Better Photography
2 – Photography Composition Tips – Part 1
3 – The Three Basics of Exposure in Photography
4 – Depth of Field – The Magic Behind Better Photographs

4 Responses to Nearly Half of Digital Camera Owners Don’t Take Pictures

  1. Mike Rothman November 20, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    Interesting post, Ron. Thanks. Of course the Cavalier caught my eye!

    • Ron White November 20, 2011 at 6:00 pm #

      Yeah, that’s Schuster. Interesting thing about that picture is that when I took it, Schuster looked too … beatific. Cute puppy smelling a flower. It was too schmaltzy. So I used Photoshop to flip his eyes 180 degrees so that he looks more as if her were frowning. Helps cut through the schmaltz.

      • Mike Rothman November 20, 2011 at 6:44 pm #

        Amazing what you can do with Photoshop. I’m just about to graduate from my point and shoot to my first Digital SLR. Am looking at the Nikon D3100 or D5100 or the Canon EOS Rebel T2i. Any thoughts?

        • Ron White November 20, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

          Of course, it depends on your budget, but–and your won’t hear the professional photographers with their investments in Nikons and Canon admit this–Sony has far and away the best DSLR camera in the recently released A77. It has breakaway features like no moving mirror, continuous autofocus, OLED viewfinder, beautiful optics, that make it a great still and video camera, with no compromising on either end. It’s a couple of hundred dollars less than “comparable” Nikons and Canon, although that still is $1,100 to $2,000, depending on what lens(es) you get. I’d buy one in a moment if I had the cash.
          Second choice would be last year’s Popular Photography camera of the year, the Sony a55. It has a lot of the same toys as on the a77, but not just as extreme. And it’s in about the same price range as the Nikons and Canon you mentioned. Take a look at it.

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