Making Memories: 5 Ways to Store Your Photos
From instant Polaroids to developed film, photos used to be limited to vacations and special occasions. With the advent of digital photography, there are nearly dozens of pictures taken each day by just one individual. You may be looking for a unique way to store your printed and digital photos to keep the memories alive for future generations. Consider some modern and old-fashioned suggestions to protect your family and friends’ legacy.
Use A Cloud
If you seem to click your camera every few minutes, you could have thousands of photos to sort through. Store your photos on a cloud, or business server. There are several companies that offer cloud services for a set fee each month or year. You simply upload your photos to their server and access them at any time. They must maintain their hardware to protect your memories, making this service perfect for bulk storage.
Traditional Matted Photo Albums
To store photos for one special event, create a matted photo album. Unlike flush-mounted albums, matted albums use recessed sections to hold and frame particular pictures. For example, traditional matted photo albums are perfect to display your family vacation or your wedding photos. The album becomes a piece of artwork as photos are cut to precise sizes to fill the framed areas. You can even make this into a couple’s project or encourage help from other family members.
External Hard Drive
Those everyday pictures are still precious to your heart, but don’t need to be printed or stored on your computer’s hard drive. Computers often slow down with heavy memory use. Consider using an external hard drive to store your photos. This relatively inexpensive option keeps photos off your computer, but allows you to access them at any time. These drives even have capacities up to 320 GB, holding around 100,000 photos.
Organize or hold photos permanently in photo boxes. These boxes are typically made of protective paper or linings to prevent discoloration across the photos’ surface. Divide special events from everyday fun while indexing each item with a label or divider. You’ll be able to find your favorite picture easily with this filing system.
Large Memory Digital Frames
Digital frames are usually used to display several pictures through a slideshow. However, today’s technology allows frames to have large memory capacities, such as 4 GB. If you have a small photo library, consider using a frame. You can pull up the shots whenever you desire.
Storing photos has never been easier or more versatile. Take a look at your physical and digital storage needs to choose the best option. Long-term storage preserves memories for generations.
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