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Having finished scanning 40 year old film I can assure you that you need to think longer term than 10 years, in fact at least 40 years. To know whether there is an answer one must understand the problem. These things can happen: proprietary software makers stop supporting old formats, very possible after 40 years. proprietary operating systems stop ...


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The short answer is: save it as a TIFF. PSD may once have been considered the more "native"/modern Photoshop format, but no longer. Jeff Schewe (the Photoshop Guru's Guru) advised way back in August 2007 on the Luminous Landscape forums that choosing TIFF over PSD was his strong recommendation. I quote: Look, I'll make it REAL simple... TIFF = ...


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There are a number of important details missing from your question: What resolution do you require? Color or black and white? Does the scanner have to be able to handle a mix of sizes simultaneously, or can you sort them ahead of time so that all the photos in a given stack are the same? (Sheet feeders typically work best when the sheets are about the same ...


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Adobe's Digital Negative format is an attempt to create a free open "universal" format explicitly to solve the issue of long term digital archiving. It is used natively by some cameras but not yet by the big two (Nikon/Canon). It is however easy to convert from Nikon/Canon Raw to DNG. It make take a little more time to see if DNG will gain traction in the ...


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The file format is basically irrelevant What's much more important is the physical medium. Look at seven inch floppies, three inch, qic, sun scsi, pata, ... All these and more have gone and it will be more and more difficult to get drives, and even if you have drives, the interconnects for them. You will need to periodically update the physical media, then ...


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While file formats may become obsolete it is not going to happen in one moment. After new format is introduced software will continue to support old one for some years - so you will have plenty of time to convert all your photos. Also in worst case you can always install old software (and if software no longer works on your system you can use virtual ...


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TIFF is more widely supported. Many programs don't deal with PSD because the format is very complicated. TIFF on the other hand is like a "standard" image format along with JPEG and PNG. Both TIFF and PSD can preserver layers information. Both of them can handle 16 and 32 bit image. However PSD can contain much more than that. Since it is the native ...


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Let me answer your direct question first: The document imaging folks have been doing this for ages. They typically are used for huge image scanning projects, like the US Census form processing. I've never seen one for photos, but that is really just a difference in pixel density -- everything else would be the same. These are insanely expensive to buy, and ...


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The easy way: Use LR to move them. Add the NAS folder to the folder list Open the local folder in the library view drag the images from the local folder to the NAS folder. Note that this will lose the undo stack! The better way: move them in the OS, then tell LR where you moved them to. Quit LR Do the move as you did, best to move the entire folder ...


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Step 1 - Move the files to the new location. It's important to a) Ensure they no longer exist at the original location, and be preserve their organization (ie. folder structure) on the destination. Step 2 - Start Lightroom. Be sure you are in Library view. If you've moved entire folders... Step 3 - At the left, under Folders, navigate to the top-level ...


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Any moderate-level compact camera should do just fine. In fact, since you note that you don't need very high quality, they should be more than fine. For the two issues you raise: Make sure you are using Macro mode and focus should be no problem. Most compact cameras use a focus technology which is somewhat slow but very accurate. They also all include ...


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Yes, Brother actually makes a line of acid-free label tape. Also, if you are planning on doing this on a large scale, you might be interested in a PC-connected label maker.


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To be honest, I think this is a non-issue and the RAW formats will be supported a long time in to the future. Canon/Nikon RAW formats may be proprietary but there are many programs that can read and convert them into other formats, and I think there always will due to the shear number of files as @Ken stated. I think I would be more concerned whether the ...


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This is a good question, unfortunately I do not know a good answer. My guess is that you are safe as long as Nikon exists and as long as they do not force you to buy a new camera or software ;-) However, since NEF, Nikons RAW file format, is proprietary and Nikon's software does not offer DNG export - as far as I know - you will not have a 1:1 copy of the ...


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I wouldn't worry about it for several reasons. The history of computing shows an extremely strong tendency for backwards compatibility and the status quo. x86, a 33 year old computing architecture, has actually gained market share over time in personal computing despite many superior competitors. As long as this is the case, old software and operating ...


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Most of the smartphones cameras can do the job. In conjunction with amazing apps like Evernote or Google Drive you can achieve the same goal that you are looking for and save a few steps in the process. I recommend create a nice place with good light and firm board in order to avoid those distortions. Again the smartphone camera is a good tool for that. I ...


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During a server migration at the office, I needed to re-link my LR catalogue before deleting my photos from the old server. My network administrator copied them to the new server. I then changed the name of the root folder on the old server to make LR ask me where the photos were. This step was unnecessary, since there is another right-click menu option to ...


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Wait, are you saying your images are already digital but only in the wrong resolution? In that case you should really skip the printing-to-rescan part and directly use e.g. ImageMagick's convert which can easily batch-convert all images to your desired resolution. Assuming you're using Linux and all images reside in a directory original (including ...


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Lightroom editing is non-destructable, meaning that it does not touch the RAW image itself. Instead it records your edits as actions, and only performs them at time of export, and only does them on the exported image. Lightroom keeps these 'edits' in the Lightroom database, which presumably is located on your primary computer (this should be backed up as ...


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To quickly answer your question, you can easily copy the image(s) you want to edit back to its original location or you can click on the question mark on the "ghosted" images and tell Lightroom where to find them and none of your edits will be lost. I would like to also point out that NAS is not a good backup solution, here is a good post on AVForums about ...


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Great question, horrible answer, especially from the guy who say TIFF-GOOD PSD=BAD This is from the adobe site. Key words are in the 1st paragraph Only PSD and PSB support ALL PS features. Good to be informed Photoshop format (PSD) Photoshop format (PSD) is the default file format and the only format, besides the Large Document Format (PSB), that supports ...


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As long as open source software exists which can read it now, you'll be fine. If your files can be read by open source RAW software such as dcraw (or software that depends on it, like ufraw of RawTherapee), then you can breathe easily. As open source, it can never be withdrawn by its vendor, and its source code is always available to others to build into ...


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One photo file format with good longevity prospects is PNG. PNG files can store images with 16-bit-per-channel color depth and lossless compression. Unlike the raw formats, PNG is an open standard, implemented by freely available software libraries and supported even by very basic editors like Windows Paint. Unlike TIFF, PNG is a relatively simple format ...


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The only constant in life is change, so planning for that change is very important. I have some negatives I inherited from my grandparents that are over 60 years old (circa 1948-1949). These negatives are on a non-standard film (by today's standards), larger than 35mm but not quite medium format--127 format. My scanner can still read the format, although ...


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TIFF is far more timeless. In 10 (or 40 or 100) years it's just as likely software would be able to read your Nikon RAW file as a DNG file, so to expend the effort in conversion makes little sense to me as any conversion to a more homogenized format risks losing some data from the original file. Conversion into 16-bit TIFF files is your best option, to ...



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