Finally we can feel spring moving in - flowers are starting to bloom, the days are getting longer, and the weather is starting to warm up. Inevitably the day is coming where you’re going to have to begin those spring cleaning chores.
We know your spring cleaning list can be a little daunting - after all, you’re just one person! You still have to do other things with your days besides organize, clean, and purge. When the time comes to tackle your archives, consider enlisting the help of a photo scanning service. Let someone like FotoBridge help you complete this project!
It is undoubtedly going to take you some time to go through your entire print, slide, negative, film and/or video collection, depending on your archive size. How do you avoid adding another to-do item to your list? Photo scanning services employ imaging specialists to handle the archives customers send in. They’re the perfect people to help you finish your spring cleaning to-do list.
So, you’re ready to get started and now you’re wondering - what is your role in this? What do you have to do before sending in your archives to photo scanning services?
Like the way you have to sort your spring clothes into what you’re going to keep for this year and what you need to get rid of, you have to sort through your archives.
Start by deciding on a theme. Organize your prints, negatives, slides, film, or videos by year or type of event. We recommend getting rid of the duplicate prints, negatives, or slides you no longer want and the ones that capture the inside of your pocket (you probably don’t want those included in your family slideshow).
For anyone performing spring cleaning tasks, this seems like an obvious step. You will wash windows, polish your floors, and dust your shelves. When it comes to talking about cleaning your archives, actually physically cleaning your formats might not be the first thing you think of. Make sure to pay close attention to cleaning negatives before having them scanned because they are very susceptible to being affected by dirt, dust, and fingerprints. This applies also to prints, film, and video.
The hard part is now done. You have organized your collection, made sure they are in tip-top shape, and now all you have to do is send your archives to a photo scanning service. Your job almost done! Make sure to also reference the guides from your selected photo scanning service on the best way to send them.
Package your prints, slides, negatives, film, and video and pass them along to a trusted shipper like UPS or FedEx.
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