With the day and age of digital photos upon us, it’s important to remember how to care for your photos. Digital photography is actually just a stage of photography that makes it easier to use and store photos. It is best to get them printed and have your digital records as a back up. There is just something nice about having the real thing to be able to hold in your hands and share with your family and friends. So how do you care for your photos?
Protect them from the Elements
There are many different things that can damage photos including displaying them in light. Now a lot of people think this means direct sunlight which is very true but ultraviolet light can also reap havoc on your photos. It is best to make a copy of your photo for display and keep the original put away for safe keeping. Photos should be stored at around 70∞ F and humidity should be kept around 30-50%. What this means is you probably don’t want to store your photos in your attic or basement. Even in the main area of your household, temperature and humidity can fluctuate greatly.
Be Careful when you Handle your Photographs
Photos can become damaged just from handling them. Natural oils that we have on our hands can cause major damage to our photographs. You should wear white acid free gloves when handling photos. This may not always be possible in a normal world so make sure you wash and dry your hands well and only place your hands on the edge of the photo.
Never Use Ink on your Photos
It is always a good idea when dealing with photos to document who is in the photo and where it was taken. This can especially come in handy years down the rode when the person who took the photo is no longer here to tell us the story behind it. NEVER use ink when writing on a photo as it will bleed through and you will see it on the front of the photograph. Use a pencil on the backside of the photo and only on the edge. You will be able to record who is in the photo and where it was taken without tearing up the photo itself.
Create a Good Storage System
I know you have all feasted your eyes on those old photo albums that have sticky all over the page and you place the photograph on the page and flip the plastic piece over it to hold it in place. Have your ever tried to remove the photo from such pages? If you are lucky enough to be able to remove it from the album in one piece I would be surprised. If you were lucky enough to get it removed in one piece I can just about guarantee that the back of the photo is horribly sticky.
So now that we have figured out that we should never use self adhesive or magnetic storage systems, we need to find another way to store them. It’s crucial that you choose a quality album that has passed the Photographic Activity Test. If you are going to use plastic sleeves to store your photos, make sure you choose one that is not made out of PVC plastics as they can stick to the photo making it impossible to remove.
How do you care for your photos in your home?