For years you’ve been taking photos of family, friends, trips and special events - some of these photos may have ended up in an album and the rest may be in a shoebox or the back of a drawer. We’ve been working with photographs for over 30 years and during that time photography and storage methods have changed, Here’s our recommendation for archiving and organizing your shoebox of photos.
- sort through your pictures and cull any duplicates or bad images
- group your photos in stacks based on year, event, trip or whatever categories make sense to you.
- Put groups of photos in envelopes and back into the shoebox.
- bring your shoebox full of photos to our store. We will scan your photos and safely archive them on a USB drive. The photos are saved in the same groups you set them in.
- Once your photos are safely archived on a USB drive you can quickly make a backup and store it in a safe deposit box, view them on your computer, email them to your friends and family or make extra prints.
Slides and Negatives
For decades, taking pictures with slide film was very popular. Not only was the film and processing inexpensive, it was also fun to get out the slide projector and show all of your friends and family your summer vacation. But now, if you are like most of us you either have a ton of slides or have inherited many carousels full of slides with no good way of viewing them. We have a few recommendations for archiving and organizing your slides:
- use a light box and sort through your slides and cull the ones that have no real meaning - there could be many since slide film and process was fairly inexpensive at the time.
- bring your good slides to our store, off of Epps Bridge Parkway and in front of Kohl’s. We will safely scan your slides by hand, in small group batches and save the images on a USB drive.
- slides and negatives are scanned at 3,200 dpi and we can scan any size - 35MM, 120, 220, 4x5 and bigger.
- Once your photos are safely archived on a USB drive you can quickly make a backup and store it in a safe deposit box, view them on your computer, email them to your friends and family or make prints.
Your printed photos won’t last forever and your slides should in a format so you can enjoy them. My baby pictures are a tad over 60 years; mostly 3x3 photos taken from a Kodak Brownie camera. Many of these have become brittle, scratched, faded or discolored. It is important to capture these images before your memories fade away.