When it comes to keeping your photographs safe, there is nothing better than keeping an archive of your photos in both printed and digital format. Read on for a few of the tricks and tips that I’ve come across both professionally and personally.
While not every photograph you have will be heirloom quality, there will be those that you’ll want to pass on to future generations. Arguably the best format for these photos is an archival print. Digital technology is constantly changing, needing to be kept up with to ensure your photographs remain accessible. For example, if I handed you a floppy disk of photos, you probably wouldn’t be able to open it. An album or printed archive on the other hand, just needs to be opened.
Archival prints start with high quality paper and premium, archival ink. Choosing the right photo lab will ensure all your prints have this lasting power. Not all photo labs will be archival in quality (sorry Walmart). My clients always have access to a professional lab to print their photos at a reasonable cost and most packages come with archival prints ready to be stored. See my packages here.
Once you have your prints, follow these tips to ensure safe storage:
What do you do to back your photos up in case of fire? What about the images that you don’t want to archive, but still want to save? Clearly we live in a digital age and when used properly, digital photos can be an excellent way to keep an extra archive of your favorite photos.
Whatever you do, make sure that every few years you check your files for corruption and move them over to current technology.
We all value our family photos and it is the most heartbreaking thing to hear about people who loose everything in a natural disaster. You can lessen the likely hood of this, and keep your photos for the next generation, by making sure to archive your files and prints right away.
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