by Yvonne Berger
If we were to look at the history of photography we would see that unlike other artistic mediums, photography has undergone many transformations. The biggest change that we have seen is the transition from film to digital technology.
The digital age has changed photography in a plethora of ways. Some of the changes have been amazing and have opened up so many opportunities for photographers today. However, one of the complications that has come with this new technology is the storage and archiving of all these files.
The first issue that we encounter is that we are taking many more pictures than we did when we were shooting film. As a result we wind up with an abundance of images that need to be organized, condensed and archived (see article “Clean House”)
Once you have organized your files you need to back them up somewhere. There are many options each of which has their pros and cons:
Keep the files on the SD or CF card and just keep buying new ones.
Burn images onto CD’s or DVD’s.
“Cloud” based backup.
External Hard Drives
I have been doing photo restoration for over 10 years. I have fixed photos that are over 100 years old. There are all kinds of medium that I see, glass negatives, tin type negatives, polaroid, fiber based papers, 110 negatives, Kodachrome slides and the list goes on. All of which are now obsolete. These damaged photos and negatives can be torn, stained, cracked and faded and I can scan them and put them into Photoshop and restore them and make them look as good as the day they were made.
However, what happens to a digital file if it becomes damaged or the technology becomes obsolete? It's actually just gone and that's it.
In my opinion the printed image is still the best way to present and preserve our images. There are so many options for printing digital files that are readily available and easy to do. Printing at home on a photo printer has never been easier and the instant gratification can't be beat. So consider your memories and start printing your images. Sitting around the coffee table and passing around the family photo album will never be obsolete.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me
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