Where’s the best place to store old photographs? When you need to handle them, how do you do so without causing damage?
Now you’ve started your digital archive, remember to back it up. Use online storage or a separate hard drive stored in another location from the main PC to give yourself the best chance of not losing anything.
In this tutorial, we’ll look how to add essential metadata—information about information—to your images. It’s important to include metadata when you’re managing photos: that little bit of extra information about the context and meaning of a photo turns your unorganised pile of old photos into a useful, properly organized photo archive.
This tutorial covers digitising your archive images. You could send off your photographs to an external company, who will digitise and retouch for you. This can cost quite a lot, and there’s always the danger of them losing the originals.
Printed photographs are, unfortunately, always degrading. The process of taking a film photograph is a chemical process. When you apply fixer, you slow the process but never really stop it, so that photograph will always degrade and eventually, you or whoever is in possession of it, will lose it.
With some photographs, you might look at them and instantly recognise a relative or a place. Sometimes, even turning a photo over can reveal a wealth of information. Our predecessors were meticulous at writing on the backs of photos.
In a broader context, we usually see photographs that have been preserved and restored from important moments in history.