Protecting Your Photo Treasures: Negatives

Protecting Your Photo Treasures: Negatives

Protecting Your Photo Treasures: Negatives

Here in Manila, the proud parents show photo slides of the newlyweds when they were still kids. You will notice that there are a lot of current photos and too little photos of when they were still kids.

Why is this? Parents normally don’t take the time to take care of their kids baby photos. They normally just dump them inside a drawer and throw them away when they get damaged.

A majority of damage is usually brought on by water or humidity and restoration is on a case to case basis.Just imagine the damage to photos that occurred during Hurricane Katrina.  Many memories were lost.

As a file recovery and organizer, I specialize in negative, photo and digital protection and recovery. People have a tendency to pass memory sticks to me which have problems like memory stick error or corrupted.

In this article we will tackle the organization, protection and storage of film . . . either negatives or positives. I have experienced trying to recover negatives stuck together for years, some I have successfully separated without damage.

Here are my usual steps in storing and protecting negatives:

1. Place your negatives in plastic sleeves designed for them.

It’s a bit expensive to do this but in the long run, you are protecting your treasured memories.

Don’t place semi wet negatives in plastic sleeves since the negatives will stick. Remember that negatives are another form of plastic.

2. Place the plastic sleeves in a white envelopes.

Place the date and description of your negatives. Write it down in the envelope before putting the negatives inside.

It doesn’t have to be white envelopes, you can use the envelopes you received in the mail. By reusing them, you also help the environment . . .  think green!

3. Organize all the envelopes in chronological order

If you need them on a later date, you can easily find them. It’s kind of irritating to look for things you need when you’re in a hurry.

4. Place the white envelopes inside waterproof plastic containers with anti humidity packs.

This will protect your photos from insects.  Plus mice and rodents cannot damage them.

Pests can either munch on the envelope or the negatives itself. I already encountered the damage caused by insects.  When this tragedy happens . . . a vast majority of photos are too damaged to be recovered.

5. Store your plastic containers in your attic or high storage places

Basements are not good places to store negatives since you normally place your heaters there. The heat produced can sometimes damage your negatives.

If you need help with your photos, I do photo restoration for damaged photographs. Please leave a message.



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