Where are they now? (Winnipeg Photography Studios)

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The photos shown in this post were taken in 1905. The ones that are missing were taken 100 years later in 2005.  The ones taken in 1905 are in an album and are still available for us to see. The ones taken in 2005 are missing.

How can this be?

It’s very simple. The ones taken in 1905 were taken with film and prints were made of them. The ones taken in 2005 were taken on a digital camera and were never printed. The owner of these prints and missing files is my husband, John. His plan had been to go to England and find the spots where his grandfather had taken the pictures and take pictures in the same spots. One hundred years later!

He found most of the spots in and around Chillington, England.  He was even able to match the first picture of his grandfather leaning on a fence with one of himself leaning on the very same fence. How exciting it must have been to have found the same spot that his grandfather had stood  100 years ago. He still has the pictures from 114 years ago, but not the ones from 14 years ago.

It must have been  very exciting to plan and execute this trip following his grandfather’s footsteps.

But he only has his memory of the trip as those matching pictures are gone.

It’s a perfect example of what will happen in the future. In 100 years, our descendants won’t have any images to show how we lived. Unless we make prints.


Even if you’re running low on wall space, printing can still play an important role in archiving your images. The physics of how light bounces off a piece of paper and into your eyes is not going to change, but the way a computer reads an image file does change. JPEG, long the standard of compressed images, is beginning to give way to the new HEIF format. Optical disks like DVDs used to be the gold standard of photo backup, but now they’ve all but vanished. External hard drives have gone through several types of physical connection, from USB to FireWire to Thunderbolt — and several generations of each.



Please make prints to preserve your memories for yourself and for future generations!

Enjoy these pictures  taken by Alfred Kaye in the year 1905!


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Digital images: to sell or not to sell (Winnipeg Photographers)

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There is a lot of debate among professional photographers about whether or not to sell their digital files to clients. I can see both sides of this debate.

To me, the most persuasive argument on the side of not selling digital files is that the photographer loses control of the image and how it will be printed. Nobody wants their name attached to a print that doesn’t represent their work well and companies that make prints are not all the same calibre. There are ranges in services for prints in Winnipeg. Costco does a great job and I use Costco for a lot of my personal work. I use Don’s Photo for my client prints. Don’s is a professional lab and has people there who know what they’re doing. Compare that to a place like Wal-Mart or your local drugstore, that just push the prints through with no regard to the quality. You can take your printing up another notch by visiting Joe at Pixels 2.1, or Photo Central and get a fine art prints made.

My point is that as a photographer I don’t want my work represented by prints that you are less than the best. If I sell you the digital images they are yours to print as you please.

But what if I don’t sell the digital files? The truth is that clients will scan them and that even the worst printing job will look better than most prints made from scans. We can copyright our work all we want. Scanning has become so easy that clients will scan images and upload them to Facebook or other online sites.

We live in a consumer driven market place. We also live in a digital age. Consumers want to be able to share their images on-line as well as having prints made. They will do this whether or not we sell them our high-resolution files. To my way of thinking, we should at least make sure that the digital images they get are the best they can be. And hope that they get them printed at a high quality printing lab.

What do you think? Do you want your photographer to sell digital files to you or are you happy to purchase prints?