Simply said, as a professional photographer, I preserve all RAW "keeper" photographs indefinitely. If the customer never viewed the photo in the first place, and the image is almost similar to one of the keepers, there's no reason to keep it around indefinitely. But for those rare photographs that we feel could be worth money someday, we keep them in a drawer or on a hard drive somewhere safe.
The main reason why we shoot in RAW format is because we can adjust our photos any way we want later if necessary. For example, if we realize after shooting that the person's face was too bright, we can simply go into Photoshop and fix that. Or maybe move their head just a little bit to get a better shot. RAW files allow us to do this without affecting the original data. The image information is still there if we need to go back at some point.
Another reason is storage space. ARAW file uses up much more space than a JPG file of the same resolution. This is because each RAW file contains all the data from one shot, so every pixel must be stored exactly how it was before being processed. While a JPG file only stores the final result of the photo, so most of the time these pixels aren't exact replicas of what was there originally.
And lastly, RAW files have higher quality settings by default.
You can keep and preserve old images so that future generations can enjoy them. This entails more than simply putting them in a picture album, as some types might cause harm to the images. Most pros recommend manipulating vintage images as little as possible, emphasizing the importance of doing it properly the first time.
If you want to share these treasures with your children or other relatives, consider having them professionally scanned. There are companies that specialize in restoring antique photos and prints and they use state-of-the-art equipment to reproduce those memories for you to see today and tomorrow.
In addition to children, families, and friends, old photographs also tell stories about past events that people wanted to remember. These pictures help us understand how people lived back then, what was important to them, and even some trends that may have existed at the time. As long as we have images, we will be able to tell these stories again and again.
According to experts, the best approach to preserve vintage images is to keep them in archival boxes, treat them gently, and never expose them to light. With a little care, it is possible to extend the life of an old photo.
There are several ways to preserve old photographs: digitize them, write down their details, and put them in a file or album.
If you have lots of old photos, it may not be easy or convenient to do one by one. In that case, it's better to hire a professional photographer to help you out. They will be able to take good quality pictures of all your precious memories and add textural effects using Photoshop or other similar programs.
Some photographers may supply them for free, while others will charge a fee. Those clientele would be better served by those photographers. It's alright if you don't want to submit RAWs. However, you should never be startled by such request following a shot.
The reason we ask to not be sent raw files is because most cameras these days can record in jpg format and they look great! There is no need to send us files that are going to look bad. Raw files are large and take time to process especially if you order more than one photo.
So no, photographers do not give out unedited photos. But if you're lucky enough to get an edited photo, then go ahead and keep it!
This is something that all photographers do since the law allows it. You will not receive the negatives (or digital files) and copyright unless you establish an agreement with the photographer BEFORE the images are taken. The photographs and copyright are owned by the photographer. This is done so they can earn a profit by selling you copies. Copyright lasts for 95 years after the author's death.
There are two types of copyrights: federal copyright and state copyright. State laws vary significantly from state to state, but generally speaking, states can't create new copyrights - only the federal government can do that. Federal laws include the United States Copyright Act and the Copyrights Act of Canada. Both acts provide that original works made before January 1, 1978 are in the public domain. These days, most photographers register their work with the U.S. Copyright Office or one of the equivalents in other countries.
When you buy a photograph, you are buying the copyright, not the physical image. The copyright owner can decide what role he or she wants to play in the industry after the photo has been sold. Some photographers may want to sell prints only while others may want to sell licenses for digital reproduction or else let others use the photos freely.
The reason why photographers need copyright protection is because they need time to produce more of these images. If someone took your photograph without your permission, there would be no way to protect your idea because it could have been any idea.
Ask your local photographic shop to make reproductions of your old images. If you get to the right place, they can do miracles. The good ones produce replicas that are virtually indistinguishable from the original. You can utilize the copies without feeling terrible about exploiting the photographs this way. It's best not to keep any originals - only the copies should be preserved.
Reproduction services are available from many sources: university archives, museum shops, private collectors, and online via image-sharing sites like Flickr. Search for "photographic reprint service" or call around to see who offers what you're looking for. Generally, you provide them with a list of numbers to images on paper, and they'll mail you back new prints (sometimes in a different size or format). Some will even email you a high-quality digital copy of the photo if you ask them to.
This is useful if you want to include some older images in a portfolio or collection. For example, if you have an album full of photos from your first trip to Europe, you could make some smaller prints for use in presentations or as bookmarks. The options are limited only by your imagination!
Old photos are important historical documents. It's important to preserve them so others can also learn from their mistakes!