Camera Shopping Guide: What to Look for When Buying a New Camera

Camera shopping guideYou gotta love technology! Though it changes all the time and is therefore impossible to keep up with, those changes are meant to make our lives easier, whether we’re talking about cars, smartphones, refrigerators, or cameras. If it’s been a while since you purchased a camera, we’ve got you covered.

 

Here is our camera shopping guide, aka, what to look for when buying a new camera:

 

Decide what camera qualities are important to you first

 

Cameras vary by photo quality, performance, features, and design, and it is rare that one camera does all four perfectly. Before you even set foot in a store (or surf online), decide if photo quality is more important than a zillion features, or if the design will have a major impact on how you use it. Once you know what you want, camera shopping just got easier.

 

Don’t buy based on resolution

 

Don’t consider resolution (how many pixels the camera uses to produce an image) when camera shopping, because every new camera has more than enough resolution for you, no matter what your needs are.

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The Best Ways to Store Printed Photos

Art WallAll of you ScanMyPhotos fans know that the best way to preserve photos is via photo scanning. Scan printed photos once, and you have digital copies that can be easily reproduced and shared at any time. But what about all of those printed photos you still have? You might as well store and display them in a way that will preserve them – after all, they are the originals and you can still enjoy them while they are in good shape.

 

I did a little research to find the best ways to store and display printed photos, and here’s what I found (thank you National Archives!):

 

Use a mat when framing photos

 

Ever have a framed photo stick to the glass? This a very common occurrence, and it happens when humidity gets into the frame. Unfortunately, it’s not always fixable (though a photo conservationist might be able to help). When you frame photos, use an archival quality photo-safe mat, which will add space between the glass and the photo.

 

Choose a cool, dry place for storage

 

Store your photos in the coolest and driest spot in your home, as dampness causes photos to stick together (and promotes mold growth on them – yuck!). It goes without saying that your finished basement is out unless it is dehumidified. Instead, choose a closet on an upper level temperatures stay pretty constant throughout the year.

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