Think Negatively: Shoot film: a veteran imaging journalist's unexpected plug for film

Discussion in 'Ethics and Philosophy' started by Poisson Du Jour, Oct 31, 2012.

  1. Poisson Du Jour

    Poisson Du Jour Subscriber

    Jul 1, 2008
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    In the The Age comes this surprising statement from Terry Lane, who everybody knows is quite the antagonist in his relentless embracement of all things digital. Now it seems he's discovered something, albeit light years behind the rest of us. A refreshing piece all the same.

    And who was the first company to introduce cloud storage? Why of course, good old Eastman Kodak! And he states customers can still access files they posted up. Wonders never cease...
  2. Pioneer

    Pioneer Subscriber

    May 29, 2010
    Elko, Nevada
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    "So, if eternal life and perpetual accessibility are your requirements, use film."

    Read more:

    How unique.

    God only knows how many family images that my wife and I have lost to the vagaries of digital hiccups. More than I care to count. But all the negatives from all the film I have ever shot are still available, and can still be read. Of course, most of what we have shot over the past several years, digital and film, may be best lost to time and memory, I don't know. However, I know which of the two has the best odds of being around in 20 years in my house.
  3. Nicholas Lindan

    Nicholas Lindan Advertiser Advertiser

    Sep 2, 2006
    Cleveland, O
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    Kodak's new film is designed for archiving digital movies:

    And they have been selling systems for backing digital data to microfilm for some time:
    Digital data to microfilm archive writers
    Digital images to microfilm archive writers

    "COM" - "Computer Output Microfilm" has been around for a half century for archiving records and for human-readable microfiche.

    And of course it also goes the other way - OCR readers that convert microfilm to digital data

    Archiving data to film, er Daguerrotype plates, dates to 1839...

    The idea that digital/magnetic media isn't archival but film is is well established.
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  4. StoneNYC

    StoneNYC Subscriber

    Aug 5, 2012
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    The advantage to cloud storage to me is.. It's NOT in your house and is run on dual server backups...

    So if your house burns down, the images won't be lost, can't say that about film...

    I think it's best to just use all possible medium to store images for safe keeping, I have a working disk and a backup disk, and keep some of my portfolio on cloud (admittedly not much and all in jpg) though I'm cheap and haven't paid for storage since its honestly not big enough for my backup needs, my current files are just over a terabyte and growing... That doesn't include all the film images I'm about to scan when my epson comes in...


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