The widespread use of digital cameras and smartphones has changed the face of photography by allowing more people than ever to take snaps, many of which may then be printed using ink supplies.

This is according to the BBC, which quoted figures from Samsung that estimate there are now 2.5 billion people around the world who own such a device.

Eliminating the need for film has also led to a huge increase in the amount of snaps individuals are capturing, the news source stated, as it is easier for people to take away permanent reminders of significant events.

PhD student at Sussex University Stephen Coburn, who is studying the practice of filming music concerts and posting the footage online, explained: "They accept that in filming the concert they're withdrawing from the live experience but they are also taking away those memories."

Indeed, one study the BBC highlighted estimated around 327 million images were taken during the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton last year.

This week, several manufacturers, included Nikon and Canon, have been showcasing their latest digital camera innovations at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.