Archival Photo Storage
Using the correct archival photo storage is important so that you can preserve your images for as long as possible. The following tips will assist you and improved the chances of your photos lasting as long as possible. If you use the correct photo storage system, you can actually extend the life of your photos.
Tips On Correct Archival Photo Storage
Choose a Place - First, you must choose a favorable place for your photos. Photos do best in any cool, dark, dry area. Ensure the spot you pick is free of any water pipes or sprinklers that may damage the photos if broken or triggered. Do not store your photos in a garage, basement, atttic, or any room where the temperature and humidity can not be controlled. Do store them in an area of your home within your main living space. Think of it this way - if you don't live in the space neither should your pictures. A perfect place is a hall or bedroom closet. These usually have all 3 requirements of cool, dark, and dry. Make sure there is adequate air circulation around your box or album. Do not push them up against the wall tightly, leave an inch or so between the box/album and the closet wall.
Choose the Correct Products - Make sure all of the products you use for archival photo storage are made specifically to store photos or negatives. Do not trust your precious photos and momentos to old shoeboxes or cardboard boxes. Do use special photo sto/trage boxes that are made to store photos correctly. They should be labeled PVC-free, non-magnetic, and/or acidic-free.
Correct Products to Mount your Photos - If you do not use the correct items to adhere your images, they will be damaged over time. Do use special tape, mounting tabs, or glue made specifically for photos. DO NOT use regular clear tape, regular school glue, or regular stick glue to mount your pictures.
Save the Originals - If you have a favorite photo or portrait, consider scanning the original and storing it in a safe place. Then display the copy in a frame or album.
Think Retro - Those old black and white photos from older relatives are still around for a reason. Black and white photos tend to hold up better over time than color photos so make an effort to take one or two rolls a year. Another good reason is simply that they just look really cool! Some of my favorite snapshots are on black and white film.
Photos are so precious. Some shots you plan, while others are spontaneous and fun. Regardless of how the photo was captured, though, you want to keep it forever. If you follow the above tips you improve your chances of keeping those images, and memories, in the best shape for the longest period of time.