What do you do with your photographic memories?

Question by Lukas Wolfe: What do you do with your photographic memories?
Do you use digital and email a pictures to friends and loved ones? do you still have your photos professionally printed? Do you still use analog or black and white? What do you do with your photographic memories?

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Answer by Death™
Depends on the image.

I primarily use digital, though I’ve still got a few film cameras. I have some professionally printed and I print some myself — depends on what I want the prints for. Most of my photos are simply stored on my computer, but a few end up printed for various purposes. I occasionally use some black and white photos.

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3 thoughts on “What do you do with your photographic memories?”

  1. First of all, no one really says “analog.” That’s just a lame, fad term that hipsters started using after digital cameras became popular. If you mean film, then say “film photography” or simply FILM.

    I use almost entirely film for my pictures now, and for several reasons. For one thing, it’s just a lot more fun and challenging to use film. Also, I can get much better quality pictures with a film camera with manual exposure than the cheap point and shoot digital cameras that most people use. Another reason is because film has much better archival properties. My parents still have the original negatives from pictures that they took when I was a kid in the 80’s and 90’s. I can get re-prints of the pictures right now, and they will look as good as the day they were taken.

    A little over a year ago, I learned how to develop my own black and white film and prints. I set up a darkroom in the garage. My mom has a bunch of old negatives from when she was young, in the 50’s and 60’s, and she asked me to develop the pictures from them. They came out great. After 40 or 50 years, the pictures still came out.

    Now does anyone really think that digital images are going to last that long? Hard drives fail. CD’s suddenly stop working. Some of the CD-R’s that I burned about 10 years ago, when I first started using recordable CD’s…a few of them have already stopped reading. I’ve tried them on several different computers and they won’t read. Thank God I didn’t have anything really important on them.

    If you really want to save your photographic memories, then you HAVE to get them printed. Wouldn’t it be a shame if one day you lost all those pictures of your family and friends? Sure, you can keep transferring your image files to new hard drives, CD’s, flash drives, whatever. But there’s always a chance that you’ll forget something. Then years later, you’ll find a CD stuffed behind a couch or something and you’ll try to open it…oops, it doesn’t read! Any pictures on it are gone.

    No thanks. I love computers and I’ve been around modern technology my whole life. But for my really important photographic memories, I use FILM and I get real prints made. (That means REAL silver halide photographic prints, NOT ink jet!) And then I keep my pictures in acid-free, archival photo albums.

    By the way, you CAN get real (silver halide) photographic prints made from digital files. So I recommend everyone to do that, whether you use film or digital.

  2. To take good pictures, one must have proper hair care. I know there is continuity errors with my hair.. but what can I say, the hair does what it wants. 

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