The benefits of digital photography have quickly become apparent. Digital media allows photographers to achieve significantly greater productivity and makes it fast and convenient to share images with their clients. Shooting digital is more efficient and economical than shooting with film.
Trouble is, digital media are fundamentally unsuitable for long-term archiving. Images stored on CDs or DVDs could begin to degrade chemically in just a few years, if not sooner. Images stored on hard drives are subject to mechanical failure, magnetic failure and loss caused by the future obsolescence of today’s hardware and software.
It is likely that many of today’s digital images will become unusable and unrecoverable within 10 years. When these images are lost, so are their commercial value, artistic legacy and countless cherished personal memories will be gone.