I Will Not Shot in RAW

Started May 19, 2013 | Discussions thread
brianj
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Re: RAW is not Future Proof...
In reply to I2K4, May 22, 2013

I2K4 wrote:

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:

www.adobe.com/ca/products/photoshop/extend.displayTab2.html

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 take nothing for granted in terms of storage devices (CD-ROM, hard drive, USB drive, online cloud) or in terms of digital file formats.  The good thing is that so far, technology has been providing a useful "window" 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 DNG has turned its mind to the problem in a serious way.

The only thing I think will be useful to the future generations of non professional people is a print on paper.  Anything else will be discarded by future ignorant family members when you are gone unless you go to great lengths to train someone and pass the stock on to them.

Brian

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