Since the first photograph was taken 186 years ago, more than 3.5 trillion photos have been captured. If you enjoyed taking photos with a conventional film camera instead of by digital means, you may have albums full of moments in time that you want to preserve for future generations. That can be difficult, since photos can be damaged due to improper handling or storage. Although these photos can often be revived with help from a photo restoration service, there are ways to can increase the longevity of your treasured family memories. Here are three photo protection tips that will help you keep those photos looking as fresh and new as the day they were taken:
- Store in an optimal location
In order to prevent the need for fade restoration or for restoring photos plagued with damage from water, sun, or mold, you should choose a good place to store them. Although restoring old photos is possible in many cases, sometimes photos become completely ruined when they’re stored in poor conditions. Do not store photo albums in an attic, a basement, or a garage. Although the ample storage these spaces provide can be tempting, it’s not worth the risk of losing your memories because of flood, rodents, or other conditions. It’s best to keep your photos somewhere within the main part of your home, where photos will be protected from damaging elements. Keeping albums on a bookshelf or in an archival photo box under the bed will keep them safe, and keeping them close will encourage you to reflect on fond memories from your past.
- Handle with care
Your hands may feel and look clean, but they do have oils and chemicals that can easily damage a picture or photographic slides. You should always handle this items carefully, holding them by the outer edge. Although it’s completely possible to correct photographic slides or portraits with a photo restoring service, it’s still better to be cautious when touching your photographs.
- Convert to digital
The best way to preserve your photographs and photographic slides is to get them digitized. When you use a digitized photo service, your photos will be converted to a different format (which can be stored on a DVD). This will keep your photos looking brand new forever. This digital format will never change, and will be protected from any and all elements. And because it’s stored digitally, this will free up storage space and will allow you to easily share your memories wherever you go. You’ll never have to worry about handling photos improperly or lugging around heavy albums. Instead, just pull out a DVD and access your memories anywhere.
If you are interested in preserving your photos for easy access and damage prevention, contact us today to find out more about our digitized photo services. We’ll help you preserve your memories for years to come!