How to Safely Store Film Negatives and 35mm SlideTransparencies

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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Why There Was No Weeping After the Storm Destroyed Generations of Photos

Fran P., a grandmother from Chicago, was emotionless after a storm damaged her family’s photo memories. Decades of pictures turned into a brick-like mass of paper; plastered together after the water damage flooded her shoeboxes of photos that had been sealed and ‘protected’ for years.


Does her method of storing photos sound familiar to you? The sight of all those lost family memories did not distraught Fran; she simply pressed the retrieve button on her computer and the photo restoration was complete with lightning-fast speed. It was more like waving a magic wand to set back the time to fix a potential daunting problem. There was no weeping after the storm turned very personal memories into a stack of useless paper.


Whether, you have film negatives, 35mm slides or photo snapshots, you too can be spared from the next flood or natural disaster if you digitize your images.


ScanMyPhotos.com, a leading photo digitization company, based in California, provides a smart way to remedy the anxiety Fran faced when she realized all of her photos were damaged.


Prepaid fill-the-box photo scanning service with free shipping and handling, along with individual photo scanning are the recommended solution to protect photos, and how to share pictures on Facebook, Instragram, smartphones and other photo sharing platforms.


In the case of Fran, she had ordered the ScanMyPhotos.com prepaid box that holds upwards of 2,000 standard photos, which was mailed to her home and included all return shipping information. It was easy to mail off those photos, and in her case, just in time to have it scanned to DVDs. Along with traditional photo scanning service, we feature rotating pictures, photo enhancement, instant uploading, hard cover bound custom photo index albums; scanning each picture in the order provided with extra DVDs, or thumb drives — as backup.


Once scanned, it is essential to store the Thumb Drives and DVDs of your digitized photos offsite. ScanMyPhotos.com provides very cost-effective volume ordering of extra archival media and recommends you store copies with relatives, in your office, and locked away in safety deposit box vaults. Prepare for the worst and have your preparedness plan in place now.


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In a related story, check out USA Today tech reporter, Jefferson Graham’s story on preserving your memories in which he recommends using ScanMyPhotos as a first step in protecting your photos from natural disasters and organizing past photos.


http://www.scanmyphotos.com/blog/2015/01/jefferson-graham-usa-today-scan-old-photos.html


ScanMyPhotos.com has made a business from the popular trending social media hashtag #TBT (ThrowbackThursday), as everyone wants to share decades past pictures, but can’t unless each is digitized


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Use a Negative Scanning Service to Protect Against Negative Deterioration

Negative scanningMuch like photos, your 35mm negatives will not last forever. Do you know how long negatives last? What will you do when they deteriorate? Negative scanning is the quickest and easiest way to preserve those memories for today and tomorrow.

Why is Negative Scanning Important?

 

The long and short of it, your negatives are your originals. There is no further backup whereas if a photo gets destroyed, you may still have a negative to fall back on for a reprint, assuming you can find it, but if your negatives are damaged or destroyed, that is it, game over.

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Have Tens of Thousands of Photos to Scan? ScanMyPhotos Enterprise Bulk Scanning for Business Has You Covered!

Stack of photos, bulk scanningSafeguarding the Past: Planning for a Company’s Future Digtal Archives


As an individual, you accumulate thousands of family photos over the years, snapping pictures of milestones and events, big and small. As our customers regularly tell us, it’s such a relief to have them scanned and saved digitally for future generations.
Well, large companies and organizations have the very same need.


They have their own stories, events, and milestones to preserve and share, but their photo collections include tens or hundreds of thousands of photos, 35mm slides and film negatives fading away from the ravages of time.. If you fall into that category, good news: We created our newest service, ScanMyPhotos.com Enterprise Bulk Scanning for Business, just for you.


This lost artwork (video from KTLA below) from Los Angeles’ history–discovered in the basement of the oldest television station west of the Mississippi River, KTLA Television Channel 5, is but one example of the importance of digitally preserving your archives.



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