Photos are a fun way of recording big moments in our lives. Photo albums are a great way to keep photos organized. The following are some photo album basics:
1. Options: While there are numerous options when it comes to photo albums, you have two choices: digital albums or physical albums. Within each of these categories you can go in multiple directions. For example, you can put photos in a photo book, or you can scrapbook them. You can also create and store photo albums on CDs or store them on your computer or a thumb drive or other portable storage device. Which option you choose depends, in part, on how much time and money you have to spend on your photo album. For example, storing albums digitally is very inexpensive. Your only expense is the recordable CDs or DVDs. A scrapbook, on the other hand, can get expensive as you spend money on prints, paper and the various scrapbooking accessories.
In addition, consider the space required to store the album. If you are creating a digital album you may need a lot of RAM or someplace secure to store your CDs or DVDs. If you are creating physical albums, you may need a bookcase, shelf or storage space for them.
2. Organizing your album: You have a number of options for organizing your photo albums. For example, you can organize by event, year, chronology or person. You could dedicate an album to your child, to the holidays or to a year. When planning your photo albums, first determine how you want to organize your photos then choose photos for the album and, finally, put your album together.
3. Album protection: Finally, it’s important to preserve your photos so that they are not lost. That’s why creating a backup copy, whether it is digital or physical, is critical. If your basement floods and your printed photos are ruined, do you have them in another place or another form? If not, having copies is a good idea. This is true whether your photos are digital or physical. Digital photos can be deleted by viruses and other malware or lost if your hard drive crashes or your laptop is fried by a liquid spill.
In addition to making copies of your photos, make sure that your printed copies are stored on acid free pages in photo safe boxes or album binders.