Environmental Impact - digital vs traditional photography

Started May 15, 2012 | Discussions thread
Marty4650
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In reply to hotdog321, May 16, 2012

Consider this:

  • 40 years ago virtually every photograph shot got printed. Even the pros made contact prints before selecting the images they wanted to enlarge. The other 99% of us printed everything in 3"5" or 4"x6" prints, and just select the best ones for enlargement.

  • Today, almost NOTHING gets printed. Even those photographers who pride themselves on "making a lot of prints" probably print less than 2% of the shots they took. The rest of us are printing less than .01% of the thousands of shutter clicks we make.

  • This isn't just limited to photography. The amount of ink and paper used to produce newspapers, magazines and books has fallen steadily for the past 30 years, despite significant increases in population.

  • Digital technology has prevented billions of tons of toxic materials from reaching our landfills. Even if it also creates some wastes, the environmental impact has been astounding.

  • There is no going back. The days are long gone when you could have a roll of 24 shots printed for $2.50. It will now cost four or five times that much. And this is simply because an ounce of silver has gone from $1 cents to $27 per ounce. And this is with almost all the demand for silver for photography being removed! Imagine what it might cost if we were still printing billions of photos per year.

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