Where are your digital files now?

July 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

So you got a family session done and the photographer gave you all of the digital files on a disk.  Let me ask you a few serious questions, and please answer honestly....

What did you do with that disk of your family portraits?

  • Did you look through all of the images, ooooh and aaaahh?
  • Did you post a couple on facebook?
  • Did you print a holiday card? (Did you mail that holiday card?)
  • Did you print any of those images to hang in your home
  • Did you print any of those images to give to grandma?
  • Did you put that disk in a drawer somewhere?
  • Did you make a backup copy of that disk?
  • Do you even know where that disk is now?

Image Source: Professional Photographers of America

So many clients expect digital images to come with their session.  A few of my sessions do come with digital images but most do not.  I'm sure many of you ask the question "why can't I have my digital images?"  Well, here's the thing..... most people don't really know why they want the images to begin with.  Most people don't actually print any of those images.  And most people don't realize that digital images DEGRADE over time!

LET ME REPEAT!  DIGITAL IMAGES DEGRADE OVER TIME!!  

YOU MAY HAVE A DRAWER FULL OF USELESS, CORRUPTED DISKS!!! 

YOUR FAMILY PORTRAITS COULD BE LOST FOREVER IF YOU DON'T PRINT THEM!!!!

 

I'm a print artist.  I believe in printing your images because professionally printed images last for more than 100 years whereas digital media has a shelf life of 5 years or so.  I believe in printing because a print is tangible-- you can hold it in your hand, hang it on the wall, put it on your desk.  It's something for you to actually share with other people.  I believe in printing because I have lost digital images to computer crashes, to lost disks, to technology advancing and my digital storage media becoming obsolete.  

I don't have a single image from my college days-- not one.  I took a ton!  It was the beginning of the digital era.  We didn't need film anymore, we could snap all of the photos we wanted to.  I took probably thousands of photos.  AND I DON'T HAVE A SINGLE ONE!  What happened to them?  Well, my laptop crashed with a lot of them saved there.  Several CDs were lost in various moves and don't even get me started on ZIP disks!!  Never heard of a ZIP disk-- well that is because it was high end storage media at the time and it quickly became obsolete when the flash drive was introduced.  So-- I had mountains of disks that could no longer even be read.  Thousands of images GONE!

Guess what I do have though---- all of the photos that I took in high school.  Why do I have those and not the ones from college?  Because I PRINTED them.  Yep-- I'm so old that I had a film camera in high school and not because I was trying to be vintage cool.  Those were the days when you had to go to the store, hand over your roll of film and actually have the negatives developed and PRINTED.  Those images went into scrapbooks and albums.  Those images were framed and hung up.  Those images were preserved.  THOSE IMAGES WERE PRINTED!

Don't let your family be a part of the Forgotten Generation!  Print your photos.  I promise, you won't regret what you spend on printing-- but you will regret losing images that you can never get back.

 


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