6 Ways to Preserve Photos

6 Great Ways Camera Technology Has Aided In Preserving Precious Time And Moments

Since we first began to make sense of how to take pictures we have been safeguarding our family recollections. Here you will discover 6 great ways how camera technology has helped us to preserve photos for our family history research.

6 Ways to Preserve Photos

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Security surveillance cameras assist us all the time, as they record the passage of time. The same can be said for preserving your memories too.

Early photographs were exceptionally formal and filled in as a visual record for families to share. As innovation propelled, pictures got less expensive and simpler to create.

This meant that people would take more than the standard once-a-year family photograph.

If you are interested in preserving your old photographs then please check out my How To Archive Family Photos post.

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Before you continue to read this post you may wish to watch the following short video.

In the video, you will see renowned genealogist Amy Johnson Crow interview Denise Levenick from the Family Curator.

Denise shares with Amy tips that she has learned so that you can preserve your family photos.

Credit: Amy Johnson Crow and Denise Levenick

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1. Camcorders

Camcorders additionally were used to archive family recollections in more noteworthy, moving-picture detail. And with the advancement of technology people can take out their mobile phone or pocket-sized camera and start recording.


These advancements have gained safeguarding these occasions a regular event. So your family ancestry story can be shared for a long time into the future.

The usability and versatility, particularly because of camera phones, have meant that saving family experiences has become a snappy affair. What I mean by this is that we have become snap-happy people, taking lots of family pictures on our phones.

In only a couple of moments, a memory can be caught and shared on the Internet for your whole family to appreciate.

At the point when camcorders originally turned out they were huge and substantial. And they didn’t create a generally excellent picture.

In any case, they were well in front of genuine motion picture cameras to the extent of usability, cost, and accessibility for the normal shopper.

Nowadays, top-quality advanced camcorders are promptly accessible, however, they are the standard. On the off chance that you have a cell phone in your pocket at present, there’s a high probability that it has camcorder abilities tucked onto it.

2. Computerized Picture Frames

Computerized photographs are advantageous and modest to print if you have an inkjet printer at home. Tragically the nature of these prints despite everything isn’t exactly keeping pace with the geniuses.

However, there is an extraordinary more current innovation that shows photographs in higher goals. This is known as a computerized picture frame.

They are little stockpiling and playback gadgets. These seem to be more like a slideshow that you have on your PC. However, this innovative device will present your photos in a conventional-looking picture frame.

Essentially you can load up the entirety of your preferred family recollections.

You then just select a pace of playback and put it on the table for all to appreciate.

Most casings run on a few AA batteries and have options for the change settings between your photographs.

3. and 4. Video and Photo Conversion

Like other families, you most likely have boxes upon boxes and drawers that are loaded with photograph collections and prints.

Prepare Your Scanner

You may have negatives as well depending on how old-fashioned you may be.

Apart from those, you may even have a few dozen VHS tapes or possibly some 16mm or 8mm film canisters as well.

If you have the opportunity and the tendency you can change over these recollections into computerized forms. Or you may choose to pay a professional to do it for you.

An Epson Perfection scanner is something to be thankful for to have in your home office. Essentially with this device, you can deal with your family photograph collection yourself.

This device can even scan film, negatives, and documents as well. So it’s a pretty robust and handy piece of technology to have.

However, you may wish to pay somebody to change over your VHS tapes and old film reels. There is plenty of service like these that can be found online.

5. Distributed Storage

Advanced innovation giveth and it taketh away. Photograph records can be effectively eradicated with the press of a button.

There is also the likelihood that a PC hard drive can crash. This will quite possibly bring down the entirety of your put-away data with it.

And keeping in mind that it is frequently conceivable, hard drive reclamation can be very costly.

On account of the Internet and some ambitious tech new companies distributed storage has become an extraordinary method to safeguard your most valuable recollections.

The distributed storage in its most essential structure is putting away something on the web, i.e. in the cloud.

6. External Hard Drive

This is presumably the least inventive approach to keep your recollections perpetually. Yet that doesn’t mean it is not powerful.

My brand of hard drive is Western Digital. They have never failed me, but whatever your personal preference is then please go with whatever you are happy with.

External hard drives are modest, and on the off chance that you purchase a decent brand, they will keep going for a long, long time.

They are anything but difficult to use. And they can not only be used to hold your family photos but the countless amounts of genealogy research.

And they will be there if your PC crashes, or if the web were to go down.

Are Your Photographs Safe?

Printing photographs is quite frankly on the decline. As you may have seen many photo centers have closed down due to the ease of taking and sharing photos online.

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In a perfect world, the absence of physical duplicates wouldn’t be an issue. Be that as it may, innovation isn’t resistant to disappointment or human blunder.

Almost 33% of individuals have lost significant recordings and photographs in the wake of losing a cell phone.

And 113 phones are lost or taken each moment around the globe.

Information misfortune represents a consistent danger to your photographs. This is essentially the reason why you should back them up, preferably in various spots.

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10 thoughts on “6 Great Ways Camera Technology Has Aided In Preserving Precious Time And Moments”

  1. I think this art form is incredibly valuable and important, this is a fantastic way to preserve your photographs that hold memories for future generations to experience and for personal reflection for moments and experiences through ones life. I really enjoyed your writing and guidance you expressed in this thoughtful piece. Keep up the great work 🙂

    1. Glad that you liked the post Will. Photographs can tell a lot abound our ancestors. And now that we can easily create and share videos this is one great tool we can use to preserve our own legacy.

  2. Great article and website! I love technology and cameras especially smartphones! It is my life, hobby and passion! I like this article and I find it very interesting and helpful! I take photos with my smartphone and this article has helped me and given me clarity over cameras and camcorders! It has also taught me about being photography safe which I have never heard of or being told about before! I learned a lot from this article and I will definitely refer back to it in the future when i have questions about photography! Thank you for writing this great article! Keep up the great work with your website!

    1. Glad that you liked the article Timothy. What I have found with genealogy is to embrace technology. Not only to create family trees, but also for writing our ancestry, preserving family photos, sharing online our research and so much more.

  3. Thank you,

    You know until I read your article I had not really thought about camera technology products and how they can be precious for our family photographs and memories, I was wondering since I am an old school film photographer and lack the knowledge of digital photography is an SLR digital camera better or a camcorder for photography today?

    I love the products you shared


    1. Hi Jeff,

      An interesting question. I’m no camera buff so I had to check this out.

      Apparently an SLR digital camera would be better as it would handle low light much more effectively than a camcorder, (and would also take videos as well).

  4. Thanks for the informative post. I have seen commercials about those computerized picture frames or digital pictures. An interesting idea to say the least. They looked great on the TV commercial. Even the pictures I take on my phone is great.

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Very good points you make here. Photos and videos are of great value in preserving one’s family history, and it’s nice to read about all the innovations and advances that have made it easier and easier. Thanks for writing about this!

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