Digital Images, Why or Why Not?
Digital images? Wall Portraits? Canvas Wall Art? Albums? OH, MY…So many choices! One of the most common questions that I ask when speaking with soon to be clients is, “What type of products do you want?” This might seem like an easy question to answer, and ultimately, it is an easy question…everyone wants PICTURES! However, ‘pictures’ is the easy part, the question really boils down to what form you want those pictures in? Due to technology, one of the most popular options available these days is what is often called the ‘digital package’, and that’s what I’m going to focus on today. The digital package allows you to purchase as many images as you’d like, fully edited and ready to print, on a digital storage device. CD’s used to be popular for storage, but as fewer and fewer computers come with a CD/DVD drive, I’ve found it best to offer the images on a USB drive, something that all computers seem to have (at least for now!). The digital package is generally the foundation for an order as it allows you the flexibility to do whatever you want in the future. Now, as much as I may like the concept of digital images, there’s one MAJOR drawback. I caution all of my clients to make sure they actually do something with the images. It’s a fairly common occurrence in the world of photography to hear of someone receiving images on a digital storage device and then placing the device in a drawer, possibly never to be seen again. What will you do if your hard drive crashes and you lose EVERYTHING, it happens all the time. What will ‘YOU’ do? To me, that’s not only a waste of your investment, but a waste of terrific memories…a time in your life that you wanted to commit to more than memories, but to commit to images. So, if I was to warn you about anything it would be this…digital files are fragile they do not last forever, hard drives fail all the time. As an Omaha photographer I have backups of backups of backups! Make sure the portraits make it onto your wall for you to enjoy every day! You won’t regret putting them on the wall, but some day, you will regret not having done so.