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How to preserve photographs for memories sake and appreciation

Updated on August 29, 2012

Photos Preservation

Preserving photos is a little bit of a hard-work specially if you are very busy but then it is done for the sake of preservation of memories and souvenirs.

I like taking photographs, but I have still more to learn from it. I know the basics of photography but then having a sense of lighting, background, timing etc. is very important plus the subject matter that interests you, anything is beautiful and natural photographs are awesome. Have you seen a flower and there is a mist on it and then you captured it, that’s wonderful, taking the moment, sure it could last a lifetime of memories, but what would be the sense of taking pictures if you don’t save them?

I have also taken enough pictures which would last me a lifetime but everyday is another day, occasion and I really wanted to preserve all the pictures I have taken in my life. I learnt my lesson after my computer crashed and all the pictures I saved there and haven’t developed yet are all gone, gone with the computers hard disk failure. “Gone with the wind”, one of my favorite book.

The joy of looking at photographs many years after and the memories it bring always make us smile and be proud at ourselves. We cherished pictures because we cherish memories.


Banawe rice Terraces, Ifugao, Philippines
Banawe rice Terraces, Ifugao, Philippines
Burial Cave, Banawe, Philippines
Burial Cave, Banawe, Philippines
Zamboanga Beach, Philippines
Zamboanga Beach, Philippines
one of the preserved pictures I have, all are gone, Mountain Province, Philippines, me with a black bonnet, (six years ago already)
one of the preserved pictures I have, all are gone, Mountain Province, Philippines, me with a black bonnet, (six years ago already)

Tips on how to preserve photos

  • First if you want a nice photograph, you should have a nice gadget for it, all the nice cameras now are digital which you can crop images and improve on the quality too, but then I am with the idea that it is better if the picture is not edited specially when capturing moments. Invest on cameras as it will frustrate you if the pictures taken are not nice because you can’t adjust or magnify images.
  • Putting photographs in an album. If the pictures you have kept are not digital and you have developed it, try to put them in an album so that it will not be affected by moist, usually pictures get old because of the environment too.
  • You can also put photographs in a frame so that it is intact and the effects of the environment is reduced. Pictures turned to brown yellow when they are old and because also of the quality of the print and the moist around us.
  • If you developed all the pictures you have chosen, write the date and the activity at the back of the picture before putting them in the album so that you can remember the dates and the activity involved.
  • If you developed the photographs it is still advisable to have file in your computer. You can save it in your computer as well as copy them in a CD so that when something happens, there is always a backup to it.
  • Before putting them in the album, try to scan them (scanner are cheaper these days now), and saved them in the computer. Extension names should be .jpg/.png/.gif/bitmap and be sure your computer had program for it like adobe, photoshop etc. Bitmap and the others take a lot of bytes so I prefer jpeg for pictures, but for animated or files with html, some use .gif extension names.
  • It is recommended to use the extension JPEG as it is the best for photographs.

What is the difference between the GIF, PNG, JPEG and BITMAP?

  • Bitmap, in which the term comes from the computer programming terminology meaning just a map of bits, I don’t use Bitmap as it used a lot of space and takes time to save or download.
  • JPEG is a standardised image compression mechanism and it is designed for compressing either full-colour (24 bit) or grey-scale digital images of "natural" (real-world) scenes.
  • The completely patent-free graphics format called PNG (pronounced "ping") has been created and they also call it the Portable Network Graphics format. PNG is superior to GIF in that it has better compression and supports millions of colours. PNG files end in a .png suffix.
  • For the gif-- The Graphics Interchange Format was developed in 1987 at the request of Compuserve, who needed a platform independent image format that was suitable for transfer across slow connections. It is a compressed (lossless) format (it uses the LZW compression) and compresses at a ratio of between 3:1 and 5:1

For more detailed explanation about these things go here: Differences between JPEG, PNG and GIF

Now, after sometime, you can sit down and enjoy the pictures which you saved and preserved with your grandchildren.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I have always been an avid family photographer, and have kept albums for each year. Now that I take photos for my Hubs with my digital camera I upload them to the computer, then put the photos out on the web through Picasa. That way if the computer ever crashes, my photos are safe. Very informative Hub. Thanks.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hey truth, Thank you for dropping by again, Bless always, Maita

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      Truth From Truth 7 years ago from Michigan

      HAPPY NEW YEARS

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hey Duchess, thank you for your nice comments, Happy new year, Maita

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      Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

      Getting those pictures - especially of loved ones - a must. Saving them a bigger must. Your Hub was very informative.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi blue, moxy I will check that out too, thanks for the info and the read here too, I know you are into photography and they are all awesome, your collection too, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi RevLady, thank you for your comment, I am always happy to read it and what you are going to say, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Quill, I am happy you liked this one, Bless and thank you, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi coolmon, nice that you backed them up, it is very important that you do that because once they are lost, regretting is another thing, good day, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi truth,

      thank you, I took them all, have a good day, I like your new hubs, good music choices, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Dohn, 5,000 USD LOL< thats a whole lot, but if you have money why not, photographs are best memories, thank you again, and have a good day, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Thanks Jersey, you like my photograph and you appreciate it, I am happy you you like this one, Good day to you, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi K, how are you, I like that you enjoyed this one, files specially photographs are very important, Have a good day! Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Micky Dee, I am well, but little but sickly, am doing fine now in general, thank you, and please back up your file, LOL< Maita

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Thank you Maita. Very useful. I advise backing up your hard-drive with an external hard-drive. I will back up my computer with an external hard-drive then I will back that external hard-drive with an external hard-drive. I kid you not. I hope you are well. Thanks.

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      K Partin 7 years ago from Garden City, Michigan

      Hi Maita, Hope you are doing good this morning. Great advice here, and wonderful pictures. I really enjoyed it. Thanks K.

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      Jersey Jess 7 years ago from USA

      I love your photographs and your tips for preservation, thanks so much for posting. This helps a lot!

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      Truth From Truth 7 years ago from Michigan

      Wonderful tips for taking great photos, Like the ones you took. Thanks Maita. Very helpful Hub.

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      "Quill" 7 years ago

      Another winner Maita, well done and an excellent bundle of suggestions. Love the fact we have everything digital and with the use of computers and modern printing capabilities we can avoid the line ups and the photo shops.

      Blessings

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      Hi Maita - Thanks for another useful hub. I have always backed up important documents and pictures, but it is nice to be reminded what can happen if you don't

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      blue dog 7 years ago from texas hill country

      hello maita,

      thanks for the hub, great job! i also use a portable hard drive to back up images in case of a computer crash. have also been told of a relatively new on-line back-up system called moxy, although i've not checked it out yet.

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      RevLady 7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Again, another helpful hub prettydarkhorse. I am not really into photography but I am into photo editing. I create memorial photo albums for the bereaved.

      Excellent information!

      Forever His,

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      What a comprehensive guide to some of the related terms of photography, especially to the modern user, Maita! I really do like photography and hope to improve upon it. My dream is to own a SLR Camera--preferably from Canon. But at $5,000, I'm a bit hard-pressed to own one just yet! Thanks Maita!