In ancient times, we used to develop our photographs and videos by leaving our camera rolls with film-processing institutes. Unlike modern photo scanning services available in Mississippi, we would wait for a few days and eventually get our stuff developed with the originals or what we accurately called ‘negatives.’ These centers performed simple actions and still charged us an arm and a leg for their services.
With the advancement in technology, we have newer methods every year for capturing and preserving those photographs. Most of us prefer sharing our photographs on social media. They get an online presence and occupy some storage space for free on the World Wide Web.
Storing archives is more than a struggle!
But, things with the old photographs and specially, cassettes with old videos are still a hassle to protect. We, specially the youngsters and teens of Mississippi, can all relate to this. Our grandparents have such nostalgic associations with those prehistoric albums that they are too important to get rid of.
What to do?
And so, quite painstakingly, we have brought up today these five classic methods to keep these archives safe. Because the data printed on negatives and video cassettes are sensitive, we need to make sure that our hands are clean and absolutely dust-free when we handle them.
Photo-safe boxes with neat, self-explanatory labels
As the name suggests, trendy, beautiful, some girly, and cute photo boxes are available in the market and widely used to store old archives. They have properly molded spaces and slots for labeling. This is the most convenient method to store old graphic stuff and sorting them out easily whenever required.
Now, we move to a little complicated and time-consuming methods. However, these methods are cheap and may save you some money.
Using DIY storage boxes
Shoeboxes, old gift boxes, small cartons, crockery containers, and whatnot. All of these items can easily be found in your home, kitchen, or in the store. While these can be used on ‘as-is’ basis, one has to ensure they are dry, clean, and have enough space that won’t damage the data on these delicate films.
Pack your tapes tightly
Hanging loosely may disrupt the shape and damage the imprints on the videotapes. That’s why it’s recommended that we pack them tightly. When in a box or huge container, they shouldn’t be kept haphazardly. Also, they shouldn’t be kept in a disorganized way to prevent them from breaking.
Store them in dark places
It is always the best idea to store video tapes and photographs in cool and dark places. High temperature is a real threat to these films and may melt any marks on the film. Due to weather issues in Mississippi, old ink prints can also be damaged in case of exposure to sunlight or moisture (humidity) If you live in the South, you know humidity can wreck havoc on everything. A good way to keep moisture at bay is to store video tapes with some sort of moisture-wicking material.
Digitizing is the ultimate best solution
Getting these photos and videos scanned, converted to digital, and uploading them on platforms like Drive is the top method to store all the data of these old videotapes and photographs. Most importantly, this method is CONVENIENT and can be delegated to any digitize photo service. It is the ultimate way after which storing your precious moments becomes hassle-free!