I Will Not Shot in RAW

Started May 19, 2013 | Discussions thread
kelpdiver
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Re: RAW is not Future Proof...
In reply to I2K4, May 23, 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?

JPEG will outlast DNG...if there ever was a fatality.  But there won't be these are documented image formats.  KodakCDs are still readable and it stopped being used over a decade ago.

The only archival concern is the digital bits themselves, not the format they're in.  Adobe is selling the DNG as an answer, but the problem doesn't exist.

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