When printing photos, Erika Thornes recommends printing two copies and sending a copy to a friend or relative. If there is a fire, flood, or natural disaster having the loose photos in multiple locations increases the chances of a photo surviving long term. Wait for deals of free photos or fifty free prints. When you have a collection of 50 photos mail the photos to a separate address, like a parent, grandparent, or aunt.
- [Voiceover] Print, print, print.…Wait, I thought this was a digital archiving course.…It is,…but, printing is so essential.…Why should we print?…Well, you can physically hold it.…It's archival.…We can display it.…And we can share it pretty easily.…You know, printing photos creates a sense of pride.…Even digital photos do.…It brings a smile to people's faces,…and it connects us and,…there's a lot of value in it.…This Dad was telling me the story…of how much his Son absolutely adored…looking at the set of photos on his phone.…
And how he'd flip through it and…he'd beg to take his Dad's phone,…so he could see pictures of his little sister,…just born and in the ICU.…It was a very valuable part of his family's story.…And it's something that we wanna preserve also,…and print so that,…that way he can have the freedom…to go grab it off the bookshelf,…and flip through it whenever he wants…to remember that story.…Holding photos it's really important.…It creates a sense of ownership you know,…like when you get your school photos back.…
Backup is important, but it's not enough. Using keywords and other organizational features is also important—but also not enough. A complete, long-term photo archiving strategy involves multiple techniques: identifying those shots you want to preserve for generations, and then taking the steps necessary to make that happen. In this course, photographer and family historian Erika Thornes outlines a roadmap for storing, sharing, and archiving your family's story through pictures. From culling and keywording, to backing up and producing archival prints and photo books, Erika details the steps that will make your collection of digital images accessible now and in the future.
- Getting organizing
- Culling the best images
- Saving two local copies of each photo
- Storing photos on the cloud
- Posting photos to social media
- Printing photos
- Accessing archived images easily