What is the use of traditional photos in addition to the entries in the old album? If someone gives you a photo today, would you scan it so you can use it? There are no DVD slots or coin slots for photos on your Facebook page. If it's not digital – it barely exists.
The quality of the photos required is even more crazy. My photos are posted on Flickr for everyone to see, and I often receive requests for photos from magazines, web pages and blogs. I certainly don't mind, as long as I remember, I always allow it. But I found that half of my photos were useless for magazines and printing companies. Even with my SLR camera, photos are usually not enough Hi-Res. They are good for me and my site – but far from being suitable for printing.
The good news is that prints are slowly disappearing. Ok, maybe this is not good news. Digital cameras are improving photo quality almost every day. If you are lucky, a simple fool digital camera is 5 million pixels in a few years. Today – the standard is 10 megapixels and it is growing.
In terms of image size, progress is at a standstill. Traditionally, more megapixels means larger photos. But places like Facebook, MySpace, TripAdvisor and other photo sites limit the size of the photo. With Flickr, you can upgrade your membership and have unlimited size for a fee – but this is not free. Snapfish needs to load large photos forever and many other sites just charge for size and format requirements. As the digital age continues to erupt, I expect these parameters to disappear.
Before that, please pay attention to the digital camera of your choice. If you want to load photos into your Twitter friends, you should choose an incredible quality that will usually be rejected. Those large photos are not yet network friendly.