My iPhoto Library starts in 2001 and it contains every photo I’ve ever taken. You can see that exhibited in this one image showing camera models in my iPhoto Library…well it’s called Photos for Mac but old habits die hard:
I acquired the 5D Mark 3 in 2015 and relaxed it with the Mark IV in 2020. The E-PL2 was a camera I used throughout many dozens of European and Indian trips from 2010-2014. The PowerShots represent my time in San Francisco and that DX6440 camera was what I owned all 4 years of high school. The others well they’re sparse but you’re probably blown away to see combining iPhones only yields about 10K photos total.
Actually, given what I’ve written in this blog, that shouldn’t be too surprising.
Yesterday, I purchased a $2.99 Mac App Store application called PhotoStatistica. If you’re an avid photographer, it’s a really good way to map out your life. You can restrict statistics to specific years if you would like or camera models. Basically any data point can be manipulated. Think of it like a huge Microsoft Excel Pivot Table with the magic being that it extracts everything EXIF from your photos over the years and if you choose, you can export the data as one CSV and make your own pivot table so the app itself isn’t really holding your data hostage. It’s magic is that extraction process and what you do with that data is up to you.
The only thing missing is location history. I want to see where I was but more than what Photos for Mac tells me. I want to know more and that is missing from this app. Other than that, it’s a walk down memory lane. I’m not going granular in this blog post and all data below represents my entire photo library. I did extract other data for later use so I can see year over year comparisons. This is just data from my first go at using it.