How To | March 3, 2016
Times have changed dramatically for how we take and store photographs. Today, the majority of photos are taken from a digital camera or mobile phone. But we still want to print digital photos to display in a frame or preserve family photos. Every family has boxes of old black and white photos which are beginning to fade due to improper photo storage techniques. Photos have been improperly stored in shoe boxes, taped in scrapbooks, and stored in hot and humid basements or attics. How can you protect these precious family photos and keepsakes for future generations?
There are many photo storage solutions available to protect photos from damage including specially-designed photo storage boxes, photo albums or frames. Wherever you decide to store your photos, you need to make sure that they are stored properly to prevent damage to the photos. Below are a few of the best photo storage options:
Most people load the photos from their digital cameras or phones directly onto their computers. There are many online photo storage sites including Flickr, Shutterfly, Google Photos or PhotoBucket that are easy ways to store your digital photos “in the cloud.” If you store your photos on your computer, it is a good idea to back up these photos on a DVD or a CDR, just in case something happens to the computer. Even digital photos that are stored on a DVD or CDR need to be protected from extreme weather conditions. Do not store these disks in places with extreme temperature swings as it can crack or warp the disks over time. Also, make sure that you label the photo CDs, so you can easily access the family vacation photos from Disney World, Ocean City or the National Mall.
Depending on the amount of home storage available, framed photos, photos albums and photo storage boxes can be displayed on shelves in the home. If there is not enough room, or you need to remove photos due to a home staging project, photos can be stored in a storage unit. Climate controlled storage units may be a suitable option for storing photos. Photo albums should be stacked flat in a box with filler material added to the top. Properly seal the boxes with packaging tape and label the boxes with the contents.
If you properly store your photos either at your home or in a self-storage unit, you will be able to enjoy and share them with your family and friends for years to come. Taking these extra steps will help prevent damage, warping and fading of the photographs. ezStorage offers the best household storage solutions in the Baltimore, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. areas. Stop in to one of our 46 self-storage locations to see how our storage professionals can help with your storage needs.