Leaving Behind a Legacy...The Importance of Printed Photos

Let me throw some numbers at you for just a moment. It is estimated that in 2014 over 880 billion photos were taken throughout the world. That is a staggering number!

880 BILLION! In long form that would be 880,000,000,000 for those of you who are having a hard time wrapping your head around it! That is over 110 photos for each man, woman and child on this planet. Now out of that estimated 880 billion photos, take a wild guess at how many of them actually make it into a print. I mean print, as in a photographic print, printed in an album, a canvas gallery wrap, a printed page of some sort. That number is estimated at less than 1 in 100,000! So less than 8.8 million prints were created from people's photos worldwide in 2014. 

All of these memories are stored on USB drives, hard drives, social media websites and online galleries. I'm sure there are people out there who still have floppy disks of images that can't even be read by any modern computers.

In an age where technology is moving so quickly, with media changing almost daily, what will happen to all of your memories in 5, 10, 50 years from now? 

Now think back to when you were a child. If you grew up in the 70's and 80's like me, you remember all of the really bad photos your parents had in albums and shoe boxes scattered throughout the house. Really bad photos of incredible memories...but there was one common thread with all of those photos. Unless they were destroyed in a fire or flood, THEY STILL EXIST AS PRINTS!!!

All of our photographic memories prior to the digital age are in print. Or at the very least, on film that can still be made into a printed memory. 

Now let's go back to childhood again. I know, I know...some of us never left! Now as a child, if you wanted to see your parents wedding photos you picked up their white leather wedding album and looked for yourself. Did you ask them to find the USB thumb drive of photos or the directory holding all of those memories for you to see? NO! You picked up a physical book with actual photos in print and you turned the pages. No advanced degree in computer science necessary to find those photos.

Now let's take a look at the modern family of 2015. A couple meets with a potential wedding photographer. Now because websites like The Knot and Wedding Wire have pounded in their heads that all they need are the digital files, all they want are the digital files. They really need to save some money so an album is out of their budget. They just want a disk. Okay. So what are they going to do with that disk? Well of course they will share their favorites on Facebook or Twitter or even Instagram. Awesome, that is great! So they have this disk, or USB drive, with all of the memories from the most important day of their lives. They share to social media sites, so now what? Exactly! That disk of images will get put into a drawer somewhere after they have looked at it once. If they are lucky, they will find it on their first anniversary and look at the photos once again. So now it is several years later and the couple have a child or two. They love their children and take all of the wonderful pictures that new parents take. Again they upload these photos to their favorite social media sites for the world to see. And their memories are safe. 

WRONG! Please tell me where all of the floppy disks are from the 90's? How long does a CD typically last before it is unreadable? A DVD? How long until a hard drive crashes? Or a USB thumb drive gets broken or becomes unreadable? For that matter, how long will USB 1.0 and USB 2.0 drives be supported by computer hardware. Or DVD's for that matter.

If you've read this far then you have have a very strong idea of where I am going with this. Photography is the means in which we capture all of life's fondest and most cherished memories. With digital media and the pace at which technology changes, we are at risk of losing these memories to what some are referring to as a "Digital Dark Ages". The founder of the internet and Google Vice President Vint Cerf spoke at the annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San Jose, California, and warned that in coming decades, data could be lost forever, reports BBC News.

So the next time you hire a photographer to document life's most important memories, do yourself a huge favor. Preserve those memories by having them printed.

Go to my Pricing Pages to learn about Wedding Photography and Lifestyle & Portrait packages. All of the wedding packages that I offer include both a printed album as well as a custom USB drive of images. Don't let your memories disappear!

Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/photography/digital-dark-age-strike-21st-century-history-internet-creator-warns/#ixzz3SDzjFipF