Does this guy ring a bell? Frank Drebin spent most of his time protecting people on the TV Show Police Squad and in the Naked Gun movies. He knew what needed to be done to protect innocent lives. Amidst all the comedic situations going on around him he kept focused on the end goal - making sure all were safe. We think taking a page out of Frank’s book isn’t such a bad idea.
Now, we are not suggesting going through such hoops as to become a police officer to protect your photos…however, you are free to do whatever you like. We are merely suggesting photo scanning is an ideal way to protect the photo archives from your family.
Your Photo's Life
A color photo’s life span is said to be about 50 years if stored correctly. B&W photos last longer. We’re talking about photos printed on photo archival paper by the way - and we’re thinking this paper wasn’t around 100, 75 or even 40 years ago. So, those photos from your great-great-great grandmother might be in need of some protection.
As physical photos get older there are several things that can take place:
- Water Damage
The harsh reality is even if you store your photos in the safest, driest place, they are still subject to humid temperatures in the summer. It is inevitable that your closet, attic or basement isn’t a completely controlled environment. Photo scanning allows you to get your photos backed up digitially so you don’t have to worry about only having one copy of a precious memory. Once your photos are digitized, you will have the opportunity to save them over so many different mediums.
We can imagine at this point if you haven’t traveled down the photo scanning road all of your pictures are in boxes, bins, albums, etc. We picture them in different areas of your house - different rooms, levels, closets, and dark corners of your basement or attic. It can’t be easy to share your pictures at the drop of a hat. And what’s worse than that? Your family is over for dinner and talking about the past and you can’t find any of the pictures you’re talking about. Once photo scanning has taken place, this situation will virtually disappear. Think about it - you’d have organized DVDs of all the photos you love. You’d be able to easily grab them from your television cabinet and share them on your TV or computer screen.
Okay so maybe you don’t look at your photos all the time but how devastating would it be to know you lost them forever? Floods, fires, and other natural disasters usually come with little warning or unforeseen consequences. You may not be able to guarantee where your pictures are stored is safe. Once digitized, these one-of-a-kind-moments can be saved to something small like a flash drive which is much easier to save and transport.
So what have we learned here? To protect your photos you must become a TV personality police offer. Wait...that's not right. You now know a few reasons why photo scanning will protect your memories (much better).
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