Last month Photobucket conducted a survey to gauge the holiday photo and video taking habits of consumers. Some interesting findings:
- 82% of respondents intend to capture their holiday memories with a digital camera, while a significant number (27%) intend to use a phone/smartphone camera. Both were much higher than those planning to use professional photography (11%) or video (14%).
- Respondents planned to share the memories they capture on social media sites (57%), online photo sharing sites (49%) and email (46%); all higher than those planning to print and mail pictures (27%).
- One third of respondents said Mom would be respnsible for capturing holiday moments; dad came in at 17%.
- While 87% of respondents use and online photo-sharing site, they clearly showed a lack of clear direction in their photo-filing behavior; the majority of those surveyed (53%) upload personal pictures to more than 3 sites.
Photobucket also provided tips for organizing holiday memories:
Get in the habit of transferring your pictures from your camera to your computer as soon as you can. You can even consider using an auto-uploader right from your smart phone or wi-fi enabled camera to eliminate that step and have them automatically appear online.
- Create a well-organized system on your hard disk. Pictures can be saved to folders based on dates, places, people, events, etc. As soon as you put your pictures on your computer file them appropriately.
- Back-up your pictures to an online photo/video site. Then, if your computer crashes or you spill egg nog onto your laptop, you will still have access to your files.
- Take advantage of the features offered and edit your photos/videos, as needed. Don’t let the stranger waving in the background ruin a precious memory – learn how to edit him right out.
- Share your photo albums with friends and family directly from the photo and video sharing site using email or social media sites. You can also easily share to your preferred social media sites directly from Photobucket – but remember to “tag” your family and friends responsibly.
To read more about the results of the survey, click here to read the press release.