Photographs capture memories of special occasions that we want to remember for years to come. We hope our photos will last forever, but with age comes deterioration.
There are multiple things that can cause these precious images to fade over time — from exposure to UV rays and air exposure, acid burn, or foxing due to fungal growth.
In this article, we will talk about what causes print photos to fade, and how you can make sure your memories last: through prime photo album scanning by Capture.
What Causes Print Photos to Fade?
Photographs are one of the most important ways to capture memories, but many of us don’t realize that over time they can fade and deteriorate. Unfortunately, there is no way to preserve them from fading away completely, however, there are things we can do to make sure our photos last as long as possible.
Let’s take a brief look at what causes print photos to fade and deteriorate.
- Exposure to UV light: Light can be seen on the visible spectrum, with most of it being invisible ultraviolet (UV) radiation. If your prints are exposed to UV rays for too long, they will fade and yellow.
- Air exposure: This is also known as oxidation, a very slow degradation process. Oxidation occurs when oxygen in the air reacts with the light-sensitive chemicals in the photo paper, making them unstable and ultimately causing fading.
- Acid burns: Also known as acid hydrolysis, this occurs when photographs are stored in an acidic environment. This can cause them to discolor and turn brown or yellow over time.
- Foxing due to fungal growth: This is caused by fungi and bacteria that grow in humid environments, leaving spots of yellow or brown discoloration on the photos.
Make Your Memories Last
It’s important to scan your print photos and digitize them before they fade and disappear.
Having your photos scanned through Capture’s photo album scanning service is a great way to do this. The digitization process will help preserve your memories and keep them safe from deterioration.
Capture’s album scanning is a cutting-edge technology, the first of its kind in the industry. It’s the only way to scan photos without taking them out of an album, meaning you don’t have to worry about losing any of the memories you have so carefully stored away.
Capture’s album scanning is now available, having been launched on 11/1/2022. It’s an easy and time-saving process: simply scan your whole album with Capture and you’ll have a digital copy of all your photos in no time at all.
This process is opposed to traditional scanning methods and techniques that involve taking photos out of albums and placing them in scan beds or scan trays. With Capture’s album scan, you can scan an entire album without a single photo ever being handled — it’s that easy!
Print photos fade over time — but you don’t have to let your memories disappear. The ability to scan photo albums with Capture and digitize them means that you can keep those memories alive, even if the physical photos don’t stand the test of time.
If you want to make sure your memories are preserved for generations, scan your photo albums today and ensure they live on forever.
So don’t wait for it to be too late — secure your legacy for the digital age!