That’s the “traditional” method for delivering files. (Traditional in this industry – meaning it’s been around more than 2 years.)
I kind of hate ’em.
I have to buy the discs. Burn the files to the disc. Create a label. Then turn them over to you and hope for the best.
The worst part? The discs aren’t permanent.
I know we’ve been trained to think they are. If it’s on a DVD, it’s going to last forever, right? But it won’t. DVDs have a shelf life. 5 to 10 years. And that’s if you take good care of them. Don’t scratch them. Keep the humidity mostly under control. All that nonsense. Sure, they might last longer. But no guarantees.
Don’t get me wrong. You’re reading something written by a guy sitting in an office filled with thousands of movies on DVD and Bluray.
So I also kind of love ’em.
Just not for photo delivery.
So what am I doing different? Two words: Online Delivery.
Your personal gallery of photos that you can view, share and download (high resolution versions). The images are displayed in a great looking interface. Here, don’t take my word for it:
Notice how uncluttered it is?
Just the photos.
You and your amazing day.
From the time it’s published, your gallery will remain live for ten full years. That’s plenty of time to download your photos to a hard drive (and from there, I recommend making another copy to an external drive — they’re dirt cheap these days).
But it’s even better.
Say you want a real, tangible print. Let’s be honest, actual prints of photos are kind of magical. Your gallery will let you order prints of any image.
And like a late night infomercial, WAIT, there’s more!
Disaster strikes? Lose your computer and all of the files? No problem. Your photos are still there in your gallery. There’s no limit to how often you can download them.
And if you have an iPhone, you can download an app and have your photos wherever you go (pretty sure they’re working on an Android version, too).
Let’s see a DVD do that!
(But if, after all this, you really prefer a disc to the online gallery, talk to me. We’ll work something out.)