This article will provide you with tips to help you preserve any photos you have from Facebook photos to any other personal photos that you print. It will also give you instructions for how to store photos for preservation.
Let me first begin with some brief advice on how to help preserve your photos even before you print them. Believe it or not there are steps you can take before you print your photos that are just as important as the ones you take after.
First, make sure that you are printing your photos from a professional photo printer. The chemicals and paper that are used are meant to have longevity and maintain the quality of the print. Photos printed on real photo paper using real photo paper processing can last up to 100 years when exposed to light and 200 years when stored in the dark. Second, print two copies of every photo, one to display/enjoy and one to preserve. This allows you to store a second copy of the photo to protect it from damage and preserve it for future generations.
The first thing to remember is you want to store photos in a cool, dark, dry place with low humidity. The temperature at which you keep your house should be fine. Never store your photos in an attic, basement, or other area where the temperature isn't regulated. Extreme hot and cold can damage photos. Also, these areas are more likely to have bugs, mice, and other critters that could get to your photos and damage them.
Because these are photos you are going to store, be careful not to expose them to the oil on your fingers by touching them. You also want to store them as soon as possible after they are printed to prevent the accumulation of dust or any other debris.
As stated above, you want to make sure that you are choosing the proper environment to store your photos. Next, choose a storage box that is acid and lignin free. This helps with preservation. Here is one such box that can be used for storage: http://www.photostasher.com/Boutique-Packaging.htm.
If you want to label or identify the back of your photos then make sure you use the proper pen. Do not use pencils or ballpoint pens. Use a felt tip marker to carefully write on the back of your prints. Place each photo between a piece of acid free paper made for storing photos. Don't forget to place paper over the top photo before closing the box.
Reasons to Store Copies of Photos
I know that it may seem tedious and redundant to store an extra copy of your photos, and it's understandable if you don't want to do this for every photo you print. However, any photo that you want to keep as a memory for yourself or future generations needs to be stored and preserved properly.
PLEASE, do not assume that your photos will be stored digitally! Computers crash, people deactivate their Facebook accounts, and technology is always changing. You're better off to preserve them yourself. You can even store them in a safe deposit box at your bank or fire proof safe at your home.
Finally, you may think that storing photos in an album or a frame is preserving them, but that isn't the case. Photo albums are often made of harsh glues and chemicals that will damage your photos over time. Photos can also stick to the glass of frames and plastic coverings of albums.