This May will be the 17th year since I graduated high school. Yes, I know I’m old. Anyway, sometimes I get all sentimental and like to look back and relive some of those times. About 6 months ago, I decided to crawl up into my attic and to find my senior football highlight tape and the VCR to play them. Well, I found both, but that dang VCR was dead! I couldn’t watch the video!
How to Protect Your Photos and Videos
Lucky for me, about a week ago, I found a company that takes VHS tapes and other media and turns it into a DVD. I took in 4 VHS tapes and now I can finally watch them. All of this has reinforced something I’ve believed for a long time: you need to protect your photos and videos!
Protecting your photos and videos starts at the moment it happens. Everyone has a phone these days, which means they can capture photos and videos whenever they want. The first problem with that is that you aren’t really experiencing life if you’re always behind your phone. The second problem is that the quality and reliability might not be there. To solve both of these problems, I suggest hiring a professional to be there. You get to be there in the moment and have someone that can be trusted to capture the moment and do a great job.
The next way to protect your memories is what you do with them. Having digitals is nice, but it’s not perfect. With digitals, you probably aren’t going to look at them very often. I know I personally don’t sit around and scroll through photos on my computer or on my phone. I’ve got thousands of photos of my kids that I’ve never even looked at. The other issue with digitals is they can be lost. Hard drives fail and that means you could lose all of your photos at once. Also, formats change. Just like my VHS issue, in the future, you could be trying to figure out how to get images off of a USB.
To solve this problem, I suggest you get physical prints, so you have something physical to look at every day and you don’t have to worry about formats changing. Also, I’d suggest you keep the digitals on more than one place, a hard drive and online.
Your memories are important and I’d hate for you to lose them. Follow the suggestions and you will be good to go and protect your photos and videos. I leave you with these two throwback videos to my golden days! Enjoy!