Digital Preservation to Save Memories
My passion is to help you capture and save your images. While I am passionate about the printed photograph, digital preservation is an important element of saving and preserving your precious memories.
Digital preservation can help ensure the long-term accessibility of your images; so that if disaster comes around, you still have a record of all those memories.
Digitally Preserving Your Memories
These simple steps can help you get your family memories digitized and safely stored before any type of disaster strikes.
Take an inventory of where your photos are located. They might be in desk drawers, storage boxes, refrigerators, cell phones, social media, storage facilities and more.
Once you know where your photos are, then it’s time to decide which are the most important, the ones you want to make sure you preserve for future generations. If you’re like many people, you probably have several of the same shot; however, only keep one for your digital preservation. Give yourself permission to throw away those duplicate shots. One tip I would add – try to keep the one with the highest resolution.
When you have it narrowed to the ones you want to digitize for preservation purposes, organize. (You may have both print and digital formats of your photos. You can either combine or follow this process first for print then for digital.) In this process, give each photo a descriptive file name and tag the photo with the who, what, where, when and why details. Once your printed images are scanned, create a directory or file folder structure for your storage environment.
After your collection is organized, it’s time to make copies. I would recommend a minimum of three copies that can be stored in different locations, including one location that is not your home or work location. I would also recommend storing them on different kinds of media (which may mean making more than three copies).
A best practice is to check these stored copies at least on an annual basis. You want to stay current with digital technology solutions and make sure you can still access them when you need them.
My goal is to proactively help you capture and save your images before they are endangered by Mother Nature or some other disaster. How can I help?