How to Protect Your Family Photos

Protect Family Photos

Share your family photos for generations to come by protecting them.

Are you storing boxes and boxes of family photos in your garage or basement? If so, you may have considered storing them somewhere safer, higher, or even digitizing them so that you have the memories for life. More than half of people across the nation consider photos very important to them. With that said, here’re the best ways to protect your family photos.

Storing

Store items at a low temperature and a low relative humidity. The lower the temperature, the longer your items will last. This is because cooler temperatures slow the rate of chemical decay and reduce insect activity. Keep your boxes of photographs in a room below 75 degrees F. Keep the relative humidity low to prevent mold growth and deter bugs, too. Store the boxes high on shelves in the garage and away from sources of water, such as pipes and windows. Doing so will help to prevent your photographs from getting damaged by water.

Digitize

Digitizing your originals allow you to view and share your items without handling, which can cause damage. Here’s how to digitize:

  • For photographs, make sure the original fits complete on the surface of the scanner. The lid of the scanner can crush and crease a photograph if it doesn’t fit properly on the scanner.
  • Automatic feed scanners are suitable for paper documents, but not for photographs!
  • Back up your scans and imagery onto your computer and on an external hard drive or flash drive.

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