How to Safely Store Negatives and Transparencies

safely store negativesThere’s an unspoken default method when it comes to storing old photos, slides, negatives, and video reels. Most people pack those items away in boxes, bins, or trunks, and push them to the back of a closet, attic, or basement. These boxes stay there, collecting dust, until the time comes when they can be properly organized and managed.

 

Does this sound familiar? This is the unfortunate reality of how most of Americans store their captured memories, but this is also the best way to expose these items to damage—especially when it comes to your negatives or transparencies.

 

We’ve covered how to store print photos in the past, but it’s important to safely store negatives and transparencies, as well. Here are the top three tips we have for making sure your memories stay safe:

 

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The Importance of Preserving Memories and Heritage

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Irene as a child playing in the fields

Before weekenders casually explored the ocean-side vistas of Santa Barbara and well before the Pacific Coast Highway carved its way through the Pacific Ocean’s shore, the Chumash Native Americans called the greater areas of Los Angeles, Ventura, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara counties home.

 

Once a thriving population of between 15,000 and 18,500 natives, the number of Chumash today is in the 2,000-5,000 range. It’s more likely you will hear of those who are of Chumash descent and even those numbers are beginning to dwindle. As such, preservation is key for the Chumash and their descendants. This is just one of the many reasons why it was so important for ScanMyPhotos customer Irene Stonecipher to scan her precious photos.

 

A few years ago, Irene began her photo-scanning project by sending one box at a time to ScanMyPhotos. However, the project encountered a few hiccups along the way.

 

“In the process of scanning all my photos, I decided to try another photo scanning company. I live in Prescott and they’re in Phoenix (less than 100 miles away). I boxed up an order and sent it to the company, but three months later, I found myself at the point of filing a theft report. I called the company several times for updates but my calls and emails went answered. It was as if the company fell off face of the planet and took all my photos with them! Then, months later, I opened my front door and the box of photos was back, looking the same as when I sent it with no further information provided.”

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Pinch to zoom in on your favorite Instagram photos and videos

One more reason why we’re HUGE Instagram fans and love their 500 million users who share life’s pictures and special moments.  You can “pinch” to zoom on photos and videos in feed, on profiles and on Explore. Dive into an adorable puppy’s smile or into every detail of your friend’s new shirt. There have been loads of other smart changes including a new way share everyday moments with Instagram Stories.

 

ScanMyPhotos.com has been a staunch advocate for all the popular photo-sharing apps and is playing a big role in helping to solve their biggest problem.  Users can’t easily upload thousands of analog photo snapshots, but, here’s the fix.

 

 

 

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