In 1975, an engineer at Eastman Kodak used a camera with image sensor chips that weighed 8 pounds and took 23 seconds to capture the scene. While a digital camera was used at the 1984 Summer Olympics and during the first Gulf War, the first commercially successful digital cameras didn’t debut until 1990. The technology has come a long way since then. Now we have cameras small enough to carry in a pocket.
Digital photography has become most popular recently. However, according to photographic conservator, Paul Messier, www.paulmessier.com, digital photography has all the traditional issues of preservation – chemical, biological and physical, but electronic files add a new problem—obsolescence. This has 2 components, file format and hardware obsolescence.
Discussion of these issues as well as solutions are covered in Preserving Your Family Photographs. You can get your copy HERE to access the information.