Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2003/06/21

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Film is Archival
From: Eric Welch <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2003 23:35:43 -0700

on 06/21/03 10:13 PM, D Khong at wrote:

> Digital photography is in vogue. Images are free...capture and trash as you
> like. But how often do you actually spend the time to trash the rubbish
> that you capture for free? So you save the good ones, you catalog them
> nicely, you upgrade the storage system from time to time. See how often you
> have actually forgotten to do all that. Then it becomes a chore and the
> homework becomes a pain the the a**.  Very soon, even you do not know where
> that great shot was kept or there seems to be too many great shots to
> remember.

No matter what format you choose, film or digital, there are housekeeping
chose. They're either by hand, or they are on your computer. The benefit of
having them on a computer is that you can automate much of the housekeeping.

On my Mac, I can use Applescript to do any kind of conversion I want while
I'm sleeping. It's easy to do, and works great. You can do it with Photoshop
with Applescript, or with Javascript, or in Windows with Visual Basic.

And you don't HAVE to remember the details, you just get some kind of
database. Once you've used one, you'll never want to go back to keeping
track of film or digital assets with a shoebox.

Either way it takes discipline to avoid the pitfalls unique to each format.

Eric Welch
Carlsbad, CA

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