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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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3 Pro Photography Tips from Expert Photographers

Pro Photography Tips Mastery is only achieved through active learning. The ability to learn, practice, and keep an open mind is key to becoming a master at any skill—especially, photography.


If you’re looking to enhance your photography skills for the next photo shoot with the family, we’ve got a few more tips for you to learn. Check out these pro photography tips to help you every time you go to take a pic:


Elena Blair@elenasblair


Who is she? Elena’s lifestyle photographs possess a truly magical feel. She captures the real-life moments of her subjects and reflects the essence of who they are as individuals and who they are together.



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6 Tips to Preserve Old Photos for Future Generations to Enjoy

Preserve Old Photos The most popular method for storing old photos is one of the most damaging. That’s right, stuffing a box with photos, negatives, and/or slides and packing it away in the basement is like turning your memories into a ticking time bomb.

 

If you want to keep your photos safe from disaster and away from the ravages of time, then it’s time to properly store them. The following tips will help you preserve old photos so that they will be around for many years to come.

Use care when handling

 

It’s highly recommended to use cotton gloves when handling photos. There are unseen oils and dirt on our hands that could do some serious damage to prints over time. If you can’t use gloves, then delicately handle the photos at the edges when moving them around.

 

You should also keep your preservation project in an area that’s neat and clean, and away from damaging lights, extreme temperatures or humidity, smoke, foods or liquids. Imagine you’re an archivist handling ancient and precious materials—photos require that same kind of delicacy. While you may not see the damage right away, improper handling can wreak havoc on your photos over time.

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Sibling Rivalry Complicates Inheritance: Why Digitizing Family Print Photos Must Be Outsourced

digitizing family print photosThe passing of parents and/or the inheritance of an estate can be a difficult and complicated time for family members. Issues can arise over the remaining unclaimed stuff—antique furniture, old clothes, and, of course, the boxes of family photos. Oftentimes one sibling is burdened or guilted into finding a way to store and keep the lost loved one’s things. And it’s a burden that’s difficult to bear.

This was the issue facing College Confidential user, Montegut, who posted a recent thread asking the community for advice on how to deal with her siblings after her parents’ passing. Apparently, after the death of her mother, Montegut was asked to hold onto her mother’s furniture, belongings, and print photos until her siblings could come and get them. Since she didn’t have room for these items in her home, she was using money out of her own pocket to rent a storage space. However, her siblings haven’t picked up or claimed any of the stuff for years and are now asking Montegut to be responsible for digitizing family print photos.

 

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Tales From The Pictures We Saved – Episode 13: Scanning 50,000 Photos

print photosWelcome to this week’s episode of Tales From the Pictures We Saved. 


 

We’ve spent the past 28 years helping our customers preserve tens of millions of happy memories, milestones, achievements, and events—all of which have incredible stories behind each and every photo.


And now we’re eager to share these stories with you.



In this week’s episode, ScanMyPhotos customer Margaret Hoybach shares the details on her incredible life as illustrated by over 50,000 print photos.



Preview:

You might think you have a lot of print photos sitting in your attic or closet, but how many do you really have? We often hear customers say they are working on scanning 1,000, 3,000 and sometimes even up to 10,000 print photos they have laying around, but this is the first time, in a long time, where one customer shared with us that she has over 50,000 print photos in her possession that she needs to have scanned.


Do you have a photo story to share?

Contact us today and your tale could be featured in an upcoming episode!


This episode features music by Bensound.com. Margaret was voiced by voice-over actress Norma Jean Gradsky.   

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