Photo Damage

Understanding what can affect and damage your photos, and knowing how to look after them is just sensible.  It can also save you a lot of heartache, and a precious picture being damaged beyond repair.  Below is a list of the more common reasons as to why your photo is starting to decay, lift, fade, loss of detail, stain etc. Before I get into the “why”, I strongly recommend converting your precious photos into a digital format.  This is a simple exercise that can be done from home, if you have access to a high quality scanner and some spare time.  For those who don’t have the equipment or time we offer this service at competitive prices (click hear to enquire).  Having this done will leave you with peace of mind should the unthinkable happen.  It also lets you organise and view your photographs without the potential of damage accruing. I often hear “I don’t know what’s happened” or “what caused this” and 9 out of ten times the reason is one of the following.  By having a quick glance of this article you will have a greater understanding of why your photos are changing and what you can do to stop this from occurring. You will find lots of advice on the correct temperature and humidity for the storage of photos.  As a rule if you average it all out, the best conditions for storing photographs are in a location with a consistent temperature from 65°F–70°F with a relative humidity of about 50%. I’ll leave you with one final thought: There is something special about every old photograph, as they say “if someone decided to take it, someone else decided to make it, and a lot of someone’s decided to keep it over the years”. Look after your memories and remember that almost every photo can be restored to some degree, contact me with any enquires at: info@upstylephotos.com  Hope you have enjoyed reading, Garry.

Photo Damage

Understanding what can affect and damage your photos, and knowing how to look after them is just sensible.  It can also save you a lot of heartache, and a precious picture being damaged beyond repair.  Below is a list of the more common reasons as to why your photo is starting to decay, lift, fade, loss of detail, stain etc. Before I get into the “why”, I strongly recommend converting your precious photos into a digital format.  This is a simple exercise that can be done from home, if you have access to a high quality scanner and some spare time.  For those who don’t have the equipment or time we offer this service at competitive prices (click hear to enquire).  Having this done will leave you with peace of mind should the unthinkable happen.  It also lets you organise and view your photographs without the potential of damage accruing. I often hear “I don’t know what’s happened” or “what caused this” and 9 out of ten times the reason is one of the following.  By having a quick glance of this article you will have a greater understanding of why your photos are changing and what you can do to stop this from occurring. Do Handle the edge (wear gloves) Store photos in a clean temperature controlled environment Use UV blocking glass when framing Store in a safe place Convert to digital Don’t Store photos in the attic or basement Leave photos by heaters or heat sources Place photos face to face Use paper clips or tape to hold photos together in albums Write on the back of your photos with pens You will find lots of advice on the correct temperature and humidity for the storage of photos.  As a rule if you average it all out, the best conditions for storing photographs are in a location with a consistent temperature from 65°F–70°F with a relative humidity of about 50%. I’ll leave you with one final thought: There is something special about every old photograph, as they say “if someone decided to take it, someone else decided to make it, and a lot of someone’s decided to keep it over the years”. Look after your memories and remember that almost every photo can be restored to some degree, contact me with any enquires at: info@upstylephotos.com  Hope you have enjoyed reading, Garry.
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