What is one of the most prized possessions for most people? For many it is their family photographs. I recently read a blog post by Rob Pike about how most digital images today are not printed. He talks about how important it is to print the images you care about. Quoting from his post:
"Ask yourself whether your great-grandchildren will be able to see your photographs. If the images exist only as a digital image file, the answer is almost certainly, "No". If, however, there are physical prints, the odds improve. Those digital images need to be made real to endure. Without a print, a digital photograph has no future.
If you are one of the uncounted photographers who enjoy digital photography, keep in mind the fragility of data. When you have a digital image you care about, for whatever reason, artistic or sentimental, please make a print and put that print away. It will sit quietly in the dark, holding fast, never forgetting, ready to reveal itself to a grateful future generation."
Here is a link to Rob's post: commandcenter.blogspot.com/2014_08_01_archive.html