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70+ Photography Statistics 2024: Explore The Most Interesting Stats

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Rajib Mukherjee
6 March, 2024 • Updated 16 days ago
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Imagine a world without photographs – no way to freeze a moment in time, capture memories, or share experiences visually. It’s difficult to fathom because photography has become so ingrained in our daily lives. But have you ever wondered just how significant its impact truly is?

In this article, we will delve into intriguing statistics surrounding photography that highlight its ubiquity and importance in modern society.

Whether you are an avid shutterbug seeking validation for your passion or someone who appreciates the art form from afar, these numbers will give you a newfound appreciation for what lies behind every snapshot taken around the globe.

Photography Statistics (Top Picks)

  • 1.72 trillion photos were taken worldwide in 2022, which equals 54,500 per second, or 4.7 billion per day. In 2023, it is estimated that 1.81 trillion photos were taken.
  • The average salary of a photographer in the US is $50,210 per year.
  • The average professional photographer’s age is 39 years.
  • An average person takes 22 photos per day.
  • Canon’s market share is greater than the combined shares of Sony, Nikon, Fujifilm, and Panasonic.
  • According to Camera Prism data, 12.4 trillion photos have been taken in the world.
  • Roughly 92.5% of daily photos are now taken with smartphones while only 7.5% are taken with professional cameras.
  • Google revealed that Android devices take 93 million selfies per day.
  • Around 2.5 billion images are stolen each day.
  • Le Violon d’Ingres is the most expensive photo ever sold in the world, with a price of $12.4 million.
  • The first digital camera weighed 6 times heavier than a modern DSLR.
  • Dilish Parekh has the world’s largest collection of 4,425 antique cameras.

Photography Market Statistics

In 2023, the photography industry’s revenue was $13.2bn. (Source)

The market size of the photography industry increased by 0.2% in 2023. (Source)

Since 2010, there has been a massive 87% drop in digital camera sales. (Source)

Hawaii has the most photographers per capita of any state. (Source)

The highest-paid state for photographers is New York with an average salary of $56,937 per year. (Source)

The worst state for photographers is Nevada with an average salary of $20,532 per year. (Source)

The mean annual wage for photographers in the United States is $50,210 as of 2022. (Source)

The mean hourly wage for photographers in the United States is $24.14 as of 2022. (Source)

Salaries in photography careers are expected to increase by 12% over the next 5 years. (Source)

In the US market, photography is among the top 40% most profitable industries. (Source)

Statistics on Professional Photographers

67% of famous photographers have a website under their personal name. (Source)

93% of photographers don’t watermark their images. (Source)

Approximately 88% of photographers include, at the very least, a portrait image on their About page. (Source)

Among professional photographers, 52.6% are women, and 47.4% are men. (Source)

The average professional photographer is 39 years old. (Source)

The most common ethnicity of professional photographers is White (65.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (15.2%), Asian (7.0%) and Black or African American (6.3%). (Source)

In 2022, female photographers earned 93% of what male photographers earned. (Source)

11% of professional photographers identify as LGBT. (Source)

Professional photographers are 74% more likely to work in the private sector as compared to the public sector. (Source)

65% of all photographers in the US specialize in portrait photography. (Source)

72.2% of realtors say that high-quality photography helps them win more listings. (Source)

83% of buyers stated that pictures play a crucial role in deciding which homes they will visit. (Source)

Wedding photographers spend only 4% of their time capturing pictures. The majority, 55%, is spent on photo editing, with the remaining time divided among business/administration (18%), culling (11%), and communication (7%). (Source)

64% of all photographers are self-employed. (Source)

Based on the survey findings, 63% of professional photographers use a mirrorless camera. (Source)

Videographers and photographers pay a median of $65 per month for professional liability insurance. That’s about $779 per annum. (Source)

Major Companies Statistics

Canon holds a 46.5% share of the global camera market as of September 2023. (Source)

Canon’s market share has decreased by -1.4% in 2022. (Source)

Sony holds a 26.1% share of the global camera market as of September 2023. (Source)

Sony’s market share has risen by 4% in 2022. (Source)

Nikon holds an 11.7% share of the global camera market as of September 2023. (Source)

Nikon’s market share has decreased by -2% in 2022. (Source)

Canon and Sony combined own 72% of the global camera market. (Source)

Sony’s annual revenue for 2023 was $85.395bn, a 3.29% decline from 2022. (Source)

Canon’s annual revenue for 2023 was $29.685bn, a 4.37% decline from 2022. (Source)

Nikon’s annual revenue for 2023 was $4.648bn, a 2.3% decline from 2022. (Source)

Social Media Photography Statistics

350 million photos are uploaded on Facebook every day. (Source)

Facebook has more than 250 billion photos in total. (Source)

100 million photos are uploaded on Instagram every day. (Source)

Instagram has over 50 billion photos and videos. (Source)

97% of people focus on visuals on Twitter. (Source)

Instagram is the most popular social media platform among photographers. (Source)

LinkedIn members who add a profile photo receive 21x more profile views and 36x more messages. (Source)

Photo Statistics

1.72 trillion were taken worldwide in 2022. (Source)

It is estimated that 1.81 trillion photos were taken worldwide in 2023. (Source)

According to a survey, the average person takes 22 photos daily. (Source)

There are approximately 12.4 trillion photos in the world. (Source)

There are 750 billion images on the internet, accounting for just 6% of all photos taken, as many photos taken are never shared. (Source)

There are 136 billion images on Google Images. (Source)

Roughly 92.5% of daily photos are now taken with smartphones while only 7.5% are taken with professional cameras. (Source)

There are more than 4 trillion photos stored in Google Photos, and 4 billion new photos and videos are uploaded daily. (Source)

Google estimated that Android devices take 93 million selfies per day. (Source)

In a recent report, 18-to-24-year-olds revealed that every third photo they take is a selfie. (Source)

The average user has around 2000 photos on their smartphone. Specifically, iOS users have around 2400 photos, while Android users typically store around 1900 photos. (Source)

The average woman aged 16 to 25 spends around 15 minutes taking 3 selfies per day. (Source)

62% of adults in the US have taken a selfie at least once in their lifetime. (Source)

The study revealed that 38% of Gen-Zers choose their vacation destination based on the potential for capturing great photos. (Source)

31% of people take pictures of food that they have cooked themselves while 22% do it at a special occasion. (Source)

360-degree product photos reduce product delivery decline rates by 50%. (Source)

23% of online product returns are because the ordered items look different than in the photos. (Source)

A total of 2.5 billion images are stolen every day. (Source)

500px has more than 16 million users. (Source)

In 1924, Man Ray captured the world’s most expensive photo, ‘Le Violon d’Ingres,’ which he sold for $12.4 million. (Source)

Bliss or Bucolic Green Hills, is the default computer wallpaper of Microsoft’s Windows XP operating system, and it was photographed by Charles O’Rear in January 1996. (Source)

Stock Images Statistics

Shutterstock has more than 449.4 million images as of March 2024. (Source)

Adobe Stock has more than 374 million images as of March 2024. (Source)

Alamy has more than 363.1 million images as of March 2024. (Source)

Getty Images has more than 31 million images as of March 2024. (Source)

Unsplash has more than 5.9 million images as of March 2024. (Source)

Photography Education Statistics

There are 237 universities in the US offering photography degrees and courses. (Source)

The total student population of the best photography schools is 119,668 with 65,673 female students and 53,995 male students for the academic year 2021-2022. (Source)

Among the top photography schools, University of California-Los Angeles has the most enrolled students of 46,116. (Source)

51% of photographers hold a Bachelor’s Degree and 21% hold an Associate’s Degree. (Source)

Additional Statistics

28% of people own a digital camera in the US as of 2023. (Source)

The first digital camera weighed 6x more than a modern DSLR. (Source)

Mumbai-based photojournalist Dilish Parekh owns a remarkable collection of 4,425 antique cameras, the largest in the world. (Source)

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Rajib is an avid travel photographer and an overall shutterbug. The first time he ever clicked an image was with an Agfa Click IV back in 1984. A medium format film camera. From that auspicious introduction to photography, he has remained hooked to this art form. He loves to test and review new photography gear. Rajib travels quite a lot, loves driving on Indian roads, playing fetch with his Labrador retriever, and loves photography. And yes, he still proudly owns that Agfa Click IV!
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