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5.1 Save and Share

Now you have a finished image! Keep the originals of your completed images in an organized manner. An archival storage box or binder is an inexpensive but valuable investment. Label the paper or glassine pouch that holds the original with the file name of your digital master copy. Keep the box in a safe place.

5.1 Save and Share

Welcome back to Archival Photo Restoration for Tuts+. I'm Marie Gardiner, now, you've started your digital archive, remember to back it up. Use Cloud storage or a separate hard drive, stored in another location from the main PC to give yourself the best chance of not losing anything. It's wise to think about what would happen to your archives should anything happen to you. Closed storage isn't forever. And if nobody knows it's there, who will find it? Consider trusting a partner or close friend with details of where and how the photographs are stored. Another option is to include it as part of your will. It all sounds very morbid, but you want you archive to continue and be built upon for as long as possible. >> I think it's very important because you want a custodian, not just for this generation. But for future generations, that you have any kind of archive and a way that people can actually access them. Not just now, but for the future. We get all kinds of things donated now in various formats. And old negatives, hard copy photographs and also in digital format. And the task that we've got here now is to actually document these as we receive them. And also put them in kind of form to access for future generations. >> There's not much point in documenting history if it's not shared, enjoyed and built upon by others. Consider sharing your images with local history groups, the local newspaper's history section or even a local community via Facebook or Twitter. Some of the most popular Facebook pages I know are ones where they share old pictures of the town. And everyone can chip in with comments, saying they remember when it looked that way or that their dad worked at a particular place. It's a fantastic way to bring a community together and being the one to orchestrate that can be a great feeling. >> I think what we're gonna do is to realize that these things are of value, that family snap is of incredible value not just to themselves, but the people in their future. If it's got them challenge, put them onto a page on Facebook. So that they're out there, because once they're there people will download them. And then there's dozens, and dozens, and dozens of copies of the same photograph. And so that photograph's always out there, there's always a record of it. But again, just share and we get a lot of things when people have died, do you want these? And we're getting some wonderful collections of not just photographs. But medals, memories, Russian books, they're worth their weight in gold to us. >> If you're going to share your actual prints, then like I mentioned earlier, remember to use safe photo albums that are acid free and magnet free. Never mount your pictures on anything or stick them up in direct sunlight. Ideally, don't use your originals at all, make copies. In our next and final lesson, we'll recap the important points of the course. Thanks for watching.

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