I Will Not Shot in RAW

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Re: RAW is not Future Proof...
In reply to JJ Rodin, 11 months ago

I'm not much into another debate about image quality of RAW vs JPG output but the question of longevity is a serious one.  There is a lot of googlable opinion, but for the time being I'm convinced that anything one considers "archival" in the sense that I  want it to be there fifty year or more years down the road ought to be in DNG format:


Most non-pros are so used to having print family snapshots or even some professional prints from the last century, we forget how new it is and how quickly this digital medium is moving. Many of us are taking so many photos because it's now cheap to "develop" them, but it's still relatively pricey to print them.  So what makes anybody think JPEG will be convertible and useful to our great-grandchildren in the way Mom's Kodak Brownie prints are to us right now?  I think there are photographers who shot proprietary RAW early in the 2000s who will have trouble finding software to deal with their images now, only ten years later.

I take nothing for granted in terms of storage devices (CD-ROM, hard drive, USB drive, online cloud) or in terms of converting digital file formats.  The good thing is that so far, technology has been providing useful "windows" of time to move important digital images into different media or formats before they become useless and lost forever, but I would not bank on it.  At least Adobe with DNG has turned its mind to the problem in a serious way to create an archival standard.  If others have better solutions I'll certainly listen.

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