For reasons that are too boring to go into I am in effect housebound for the next few days. Not to put too fine a point on it it is driving me and certainly my wife CRAZY. Perhaps the most frustrating thing about this enforced seclusion is that I am finding it very difficult to motivate myself to do anything apart from the wonderful handcrafted sculpture of England and Wales above. (You wouldn’t believe the number of YouTube videos I have watched – actually this has been really quite educational if at times a bit mind numbing)
This being said I am now putting the finishing touches to my new computer system and one of the key elements to the system is data backup. My system has two levels of back up – on site and off site. Off site is further divided into active and long term. It all seems to be working at the moment and once I replace my aging iMac the whole thing should be a whole lot quicker and smoother.
One of the things I have considered during this process is what format to save my RAW photograph files in? After doing some digging about on the internet I have decided to use the DNG format going forward. The reason for this is the longevity of a format that appears to becoming the standard format for archive digital images. Now before you say that you lose some detail using DNG having done a bit of research on line it would seem that probably isn’t the case. The driver behind my think was that whilst Canon/Sony et al are huge companies now – in 20 years who knows? (Don’t believe me then just consider how big Kodak was 20 years ago.) If the camera company goes bust then who is going to support their RAW file formats going forward? Of course this wouldn’t happen overnight as there are almost infinite Canon/Nikon et al digital RAW files out there. However, there is the chance that this could happen and so I have decided to use the only Open digital image format for all of my files going forward. In short should someone want to look at my digital images in the future they will be saved in a format where there is open documentation out there. This is not the case with the proprietary RAW formats.
Of course I’m not entirely housebound so I can wander around the garden and snap a few shots.