What Is a Digital Print?

An interesting question has come up in conjunction with the ISO’s effort to define the vocabulary associated with image permanence and that is what is a digital print. The definition I would suggest is any print that originated from an image captured with a digital camera or scanner. Of course, this definition means that traditional photographic prints produced from digital images are digital prints while the same prints produced from a photographic negative are not. The reason for this distinction is that I suspect most consumers think in terms of image capture, not the output technology. Any thoughts? Agree or disagree?

About Mark Mizen

At Creative Memories, I evaluate photographic products and related materials so that today's memories are not lost to the future and then communicate this information to Creative Memories Consultants and their customers. My interests extend from preservation of traditional photographs to the production of photo books to the expected longevity of electronic image files. My long-term objective is to direct the development of technology that meets consumers needs for high-quality products.
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2 Responses to What Is a Digital Print?

  1. mediastreetgrp says:

    Thanks for a great resource Mark!

    Education in this regard is very important… as consumers are being misled, as an example, by major inkjet printer manufacturers deceiving us to believe our cherished “prints” will last…

    Keep up the good work!
    Norm Levy
    Media Street, Inc.
    If you Cant Print’em – View Them – eMotion Digital Photo Frames

  2. Keith House says:

    I would propose that a digital print is any print made from data not an analog image….(analog image defined as: a light source located behind a negative or transparency and projected onto a light sensitive medium). It matters not whether the data is from a digital camera or from a scanner. Data is data.

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