Treasure your most cherished moments and precious masterpieces for a long time.
Don’t let your most prized prints go to waste.
Photographs contain a lot of memories as they serve as a great memento when capturing those moments. Your prints also keep your portfolio as a professional photographer updated. When you are a neophyte who is still learning new photography tricks, your pictures will serve as a milestone for your growth and progress. Hence, these photographs need utmost care, and proper storage.
General Tips on the Proper Handling and Care of Photos.
The easiest and most cost-effective way to preserve those memories is by taking care of it in the first place. The first thing that you need to do is to have a clean work place. Thus, foods and drinks should be absolutely prohibited in your work place. As always, you will need to have clean hands especially when handling photographic materials. You may wear a glove to protect these pictures in order to keep any marks or scratches on any sides and even on the back part of the photograph. One of the best ways to prevent any marks on your photograph is to do away with paper clips, rubber bands, fasteners, glue or any self-adhesive materials when organizing the prints.
Good storage also helps in preserving these fine photographic prints.
In fact, proper storage is undoubtedly the best way to make your photos last. So, what should be the most ideal room conditions when storing your photos?
Talking about the ideal storage, you may need to consider these two factors that could most likely affect the quality of your prints. These factors are commonly known as Relative humidity (RH) and Room Temperature. Relative Humidity plays an important role in preserving photos, while Room Temperature helps maintain the Relative Humidity.
An excellent storage room should be dry and we’re talking about 30 to 40% Relative Humidity. This means that there is a low water vapor present in the air at room temperature. Aside from that, the cool room temperature with a stable and clean environment helps keep the life span of these photographs.
That is why, it is also important to take good care and have proper maintenance of your Air-conditioning Unit in order for your room to meet these storage conditions. If you start to notice that your air-conditioners are not functioning properly, it’s best to have them checked by expert AC Technicians so they can fix the damage before it gets worst. There are a lot of certified AC Repair Companies.
The photographs should also be stored at a distance away from vents, furnaces, radiators and other areas that may expose them to atmospheric pollutants.
Lastly, your photos should be protected and wrapped with an acid-free and lignin –free paper or a plastic and enclosed within a box. Take note that if you use plastic to cover your photos, it should be made with an uncoated polyester film.