Holiday 2012: Digitizing Your Analog Media

As technology advances, older analog media is always in danger of becoming antiquated. Those slides, film negatives and prints from historical family events, rites of passage and vacations, the VHS tapes of your kids' first steps, or your favorite cassette tapes from the late 1970s have all been rendered obsolete by digital media.

Ion iPics 2 Go Scanner

The Ion iPics 2 Go Scanner enables high-resolution picture scanning from your iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S. It works with 35mm negatives and slides as well as 3 x 5- and 4 x 6-inch pictures.

Tips and Strategies for Digitizing Paper Documents

Have you ever glanced at a mound of unopened snail mail and wished it were just a bunch of files stored on a hard drive (or tucked away invisibly in the cloud)? With a scanner and a little effort, you can make piles of mail (and all of your other paper documents) disappear. 


Finding Gems Once Lost

In today's world of large-capacity memory cards, we tend to snap the shutter button more liberally than in generations previous. Our archives fill up quickly, and we forget about the images that we've shot. Upon registering for, I read about their emphasis on including only your best work. Since it was a whole new start for me after having been on Flickr for a while, I booted up the external hard drives in a quest to find hidden gems.

Archiving Digital Imagery for the Long Haul—Part One of Four

The earliest recorded evidence of migration of data from one media format to another goes back to ancient Greece, when shortages of papyrus forced the Greeks to seek an alternative medium, in this case parchment, which in addition to being both readily available and inexpensive, was far more durable than papyrus.

Archiving Digital Imagery for the Long Haul—Part Two of Four

The most common file formats used today for photographic applications include JPEG, TIFF, DNG and an assortment of proprietary RAW formats. There are others including PNG, GIF, BMP, PSD, PSP and a few more, but for archiving purposes it’s more sensible to stick with JPEG, TIFF, DNG and RAW.

Archiving Digital Imagery for the Long Haul—Part Three of Four

Your choice of storage media is an equally important part of the archiving-process equation, and here too there are choices to be made. Among the options currently available are CDs/DVDs, portable hard drives, larger-capacity flash drives, RAID systems, and your computer’s hard drive, which should be viewed as a short-term solution.  

Archiving Digital Imagery for the Long Haul—Part Four of Four

The first three chapters of this series had to do with storing and archiving digital image files, which aside from a collection of electronic “ones,” “zeros” and whatever form of storage device they’re housed in, are intangible. You can’t pick them up in your hands, feel their surface textures, or hang them on the wall.

Inkjet Print Preservation

Making sharp, richly toned inkjet prints from digital image files couldn’t be easier, even with the simplest digital cameras and printers. According to everything you’ve read online about all those terrific desktop printers, your prints should last well into the lifetimes of your children’s grandchildren.

One Photographer’s Strategy for Image Archiving (Part Two of Two)

In this second part of a two-part blog entry, I will be talking about the technological strategies I use when I organize my image archive. In the first segment, I explored the thinking points I had in mind when I was first organizing my archive. One important point I tried to make was that image archiving is one area of photography where you should never let the perfect get in the way of the good.


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