As we progress in years we have more cherished memories – memories that we have captured on our camera. We like to go back over them, remembering the events, the places and the people.
But that presupposes we can view these pictures. Where are they now? Are those photos unreadable?
- In traditional photo albums – good – no problem at all.
- In shoe boxes – OK – not quite as viewer friendly
- Canisters of 35mm transparencies – hmmm –you cannot buy a lamp for that old projector
- Boxes of slides – hmmm – big job scanning these in – and the quality often isn’t great either
- On a computer – with terabytes of space, and a backup drive that never fails
- On CD’s – I personally have a pile which I cannot read any more (can anybody help?
- On an on-line service – Livedrive lost all the photos I uploaded. More about that in another blog post.
Oh and will Flikr, Dropbox etc. be around in 30 or 40 years’ time?
Thankfully I have all my best photos in traditional photo albums – several hundred of them! Last winter I spent several evenings scanning them into my computer. A lot more to go. I will probably have to pay somebody to do the rest. And the quality is not as good.
And I am carrying on printing 4×6” (10x15cm) photos – and putting them into traditional albums. In 60 years these photos should still be around. I won’t be! That is what I recommend.
PS – Microsoft told me a few years ago that they could not guarantee that .jpg files and CD’s could be read in 2020 – just 6 year’s time!