“The pictures you want tomorrow, you have to take today.”
- Anonymous (Kodak advertisement)
Photographing Tomorrow's Memories
The simple truth behind this old Kodak slogan is timeless.
Even in this age of high-definition television, video, blogs, websites and smart phones, it’s worth it to step back, grab a camera (whether good old-fashioned film or digital) and record some memories. Years from now, family and friends won’t care about photos of today’s celebrities — but they will enjoy reminiscing about rural life in 2010 and viewing images of their ancestors on the farm.
To assure that records of the past withstand the test of time, follow these tips:
- Store old photos in a cool, dry place. Humidity is the enemy of photographs.
- To make sure old photographs are preserved indefinitely, have them digitally scanned.
- Websites like www.scanmyphotos.com and www.britepix.com will scan them for you, so you will always have a record of the photo, even if the original deteriorates.
- Many sites, such as www.scancafe.com, will digitally restore damaged photos.
- Remember that even digital photos can be lost — always back up your records.
Photos are a wonderful way to share anecdotes and memories. When we photograph our lives, we preserve those moments in time for future generations.