Sunday, June 1, 2008

Tips on Protecting Your Photo Memories

Go digital

If you haven't replaced your film camera yet, now's the time to do it. Digital formats make it much easier to share and archive photos for the future.

Back up

Back up original digital photos on CDs or DVDs or an external hard drive. Some drives come in a portable wallet size that could be easily stored in small places. Buffalo Technology's 500GB MiniStation TurboUSB Portable Hard Drive. Scan your photos, slides and analog negatives with a professional photo scanning service. Learn more at


Store some digital photo files and digital home videos away from the house -- in a safe-deposit box at a bank, a desk drawer at work or at a family member's home. If home videos are on tape, consider keeping copies at a friend or family member's home.

Store photos on the Web

Consider uploading digital photos to online print sites such as,, 30 Minute Photos Etc. -, and others. It is super-easy to order real photographic prints that way, and you've stored your photos in a virtual environment. features several smart and affordable solutions that are easy and quick to manage.

Digitize prints and negatives

Create digital files of old family black and whites, or photographs you shot on film, by scanning prints or negatives. Scanning negatives, if you have the equipment, will produce the best duplicate images.

Get help
If you aren't computer savvy, you can scan prints at area photo-developing outlets and have them copied onto CDs, or you can use a professional service to have your photos and tapes burned onto CDs or DVDs. Visit and its free 24/7 live support for instant answers to all your photo imaging questions.

Safe storage

If nothing else, make duplicate prints of favorite photos and store them away from your house.

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