The Dangers From Climate Change Also Affect Your Photographs

How to digitize and restore damaged pictures

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Climate change and the resulting property damage is real. While insurance may cover most items destroyed, pictures are in trouble. Water damage, smoke, and other conditions will ruin a lifetime of family nostalgia.

Sadly, this keeps happening.

It is painful fielding photo calls asking how to repair water damaged photos and all the other issues after disasters like from hurricanes and wildfires strike.

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How to Restore Damaged Photographs; What you don’t know can hurt your photos

What you don’t know can hurt your photos

Photography Tip: How to protect your photographs from the ravages of time

IMG 1057 300x225 - What you don't know can hurt your photosA photographic image looks like something that will last forever, but even the most modern prints are not designed to last for more than a few decades.

Black-and-white photographs made up of light-sensitive silver salts known as silver halides, last longer.

But color photographs and slides, which are made up of dyes and plastics, are more fragile. Still, any photograph will eventually succumb to the effects of a hostile environment and a host of natural enemies. Photo restoration services are the pound of cure, which can be avoided by preserving intact photos today.




  • High temperature and relative humidity: The emulsion layer of a photograph, the light-sensitive component that actually captures the image, is made up of organic materials, including gelatin. That makes the emulsion susceptible to mold and fungi, especially when subject to the combination of heat and moisture. Photographs should be stored in a cool, dry place, below about 68° Fahrenheit and under 50% relative humidity.


  • Ultraviolet Light: Go ahead. Tempt the fates. Hang a color photograph on a wall in your house where the sun hits it every day, and you can start watching it fade within just a few years. To prevent fading, keep your photographs out of direct exposure to sunlight. If you absolutely must display that picture in that perfect spot, you buy special filters to protect the photo. Another good idea is to make one copy for long-term storage and a second for display. Take intact photos into a photo professional to be scanned and archived to disk. If you’ve recently had a photo restoration done, make sure to have a digital copy on file.


  • Wood and Paper Products: What could be more natural than a tree. That may be true, but many wood and paper products contain harmful acids, bleaches and other chemicals that can damage the emulsion of your photograph over time. Use only acid-free paper products. When shopping for “archival” products, make sure you are getting what you pay for – there is no accepted “archival” labeling standard.


  • Adhesives & Rubber: Remember those easy-to-use sticky-back photo albums. Bad news and we all know it. But most adhesives, including the rubber cement often used in so-called “magnetic” photo albums, contain harmful chemicals such as PVC that will eventually destroy your photographs. Rubber bands can have the same effect. That makes them both a big no-no.


  • Air pollutants: It may come as a surprise, but even the fumes from household cleaning products and fresh paint can damage photos. You probably won’t notice the effects right away, but in time they will become painfully obvious.


  • Metallic Objects: On a more practical level, metallic objects such as keys and paper clips can scratch the surfaces of your prints and negatives. Don’t clip your photos together, and try not to store them in the same box as your screwdrivers.




Preserving photographs, which are organic and temporary by their very nature, may seem like an uphill battle. But with smart decisions about storing and displaying your photos, it doesn’t have to be. Follow the tips in our next article and you’ll be that much closer to making your photo collection last a lifetime. Photo restoration and photo retouching is our business, but preserving precious family photos is our mission.


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The Primer on Everything That Was at #CES2020

What Was New at CES 2020?

ces5 300x225 - The Primer on Everything That Was at #CES2020Each January, the global tech community makes its annual pilgrimage to CES in Las Vegas.

This year boasts many new breakthrough innovations. Products you didn’t know you needed, but soon won’t be able to live without.

Follow along as we share the best of CES 2020.

From CES: “At CES 2020, companies built their brands, launched products and formed partnerships. Exhibitors large and small showed how CES transcends the traditional tech industry. CES showed that technology is changing our lives for the better.”


Samsung Keynote

Samsung’s CES 2020 keynote presented the company’s vision for revolutionizing the consumer lifestyle, impacting the way people work, play and connect with each other.

Quibi Keynote. Quibi CEO Meg Whitman and Founder Jeffrey Katzenberg will showcase how Quibi is uniquely bringing together Hollywood and Silicon Valley.

C Space Storyteller: Edelman. Do consumers today trust brands to do what is right with their products, their customers and their societal impact? Join a discussion with leading marketers about how brands can earn trust with an increasingly skeptical consumer base.

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How To Restore Old Photos: Pay One Price Photo Restoration

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Among your generations of photo snapshots, do you also have those extra-special family heirlooms that are fading away, torn or need a major makeover? and its photo restoration experts do magic.

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Awhile back, USA Today’s Jefferson Graham visited with us and had digitally restore a photo that meant the world to his wife. She shared such a powerful story about why this tattered and torn photo needed to come back to life. All restoration stories are equally as emotional ar2 - How To Restore Old Photos: Pay One Price Photo Restorationnd the reason why the photo imaging business is so enjoyable and important.

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Let us restore and enhance your vintage photographs into works of art to be enjoyed and preserved for generations. Old pictures fade and degrade with time. Fix old and damaged photos with our custom professional Kodak-quality photo restoration today.  Since 1990, our customers have trusted us with all their photographic and now digital imaging services. You are about to find out why.


Any photo restoration is now only $39.95, with a 20-day turnaround. Faster turn-around times available at an additional cost (see below). Additional print sizes on Kodak photo paper are available. Add tax for CA residents only (7.75%). All major credit cards accepted. Due to the custom nature of this work, no discounts, online gift certificates, or promo codes are valid for any restoration work.

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Next Avenue Shares Organizing Your Digital Life Tips


Next AvenueIMG 2070 198x300 - Next Avenue Shares Organizing Your Digital Life Tips, part of the PBS family, is read by 40 million and geared towards America’s booming older population.

We are humbled to have been included in their newest technology article: “8 Digital Resolutions for the New Year. As we spend more time on our devices, it’s only natural for clutter to creep up.”

Excerpt: “Set up a photosystem. That stash of pictures on your phone could be regularly moved to a file system on a hard drive. You might save pictures on your desktop in folders with labels to note the year, month or event that coincides with the images. Online services like Shutterfly and Snapfish allow you to select which ones you’d like to print in photo books or use in wall hangings, mugs or other memorabilia.

Other photo storage options like Google Photos or iCloud Photos can help you gather, store and organize pictures from all your devices. And if you need or want to turn old prints into digital versions to add to the collection, services such as ScanMyPhotos will digitize your records for you.


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