While the battle for supremacy in...
While the battle for supremacy in digital cameras should be a well
fought battle, the battle must end at the point that the raw file
captured by the photographer is saved. The battle ground should
include the sensor, the camera, the analog to digital convertor, even
the on-board processor for writing the files to disk. But the moment
the file is written, it should belong solely to the photographer with
nothing in the file to force a photographer to process it a certain
way or be required to use certain software to access the data. Nothing
in the file should be in any way undocumented or in any way restrict
the access to the image data by the author of the photograph.
The battleground for innovation and competition in digital photography
must end at the point a file is written. To do anything to the file
that in any way restricts, hampers, or impairs unfettered access to
the digital photographic image is unjustifiable and should be deemed a
hostile act against the photographer's interest and the best interest
of the photography industry.
Long term preservation and conservation of digital photography must be
the most crucial and respected principle. Proprietary and undocumented
raw file formats puts digital photography and photographers at
unacceptable risks and impose restrictions that far outweigh any
commercial or proprietary interests of the camera companies. If the
camera companies wish to compete, let them do so on a battleground
that does not put the very industry in which they participate at risk
or inhibit the freedom of the photographers that are their customers.
To do so will subject them to the wrath and scorn of the industry. The
raw file must belong solely to the photographer with no lien or
encumbrance attached in any manner what so ever.