With the high demanding market in smartphones, digital tablets, cameras and data storages. A lot of people are saving their precious photos on their phones or other storage devices. Resulted to fewer people printing their photos. When is the last time you printed your photo?
Fun fact you may be interested: A one-terabyte hard disk storage drive can save around 2,000,000 photos (assuming average size of the photos are 500k). Its is an insane amount of images to be stored inside a palm sized device and we are pretty sure it will take quite a long time to fill up one hard disk. But has any of your hard disk failed you? If it does, how many photos you've lost?
Don't get us wrong, we like hard disk storages and in fact we have lot of them too. It is a very economical way to store so many images considering their price and physical size. And we are having more than 18TB of storage as of now to store our client’s projects including backups and backups of backups. Yes, that’s how we are afraid of hard disk failure and we learn it the hard way. According to statics, “just under 80% of all hard drives will survive to their fourth anniversary”. We believed that no one wants their drives to fall under the 20%, so having your hard disk or any other storage devices backed up is very important.
There is a reason why you still see your childhood photos after so many years. Printing your photos may not be as cheap as compared to storing your photos in the drives now. However, if you store your photos well it can last you for ages. Our parent used to print our childhood photos because digital storage was not readily accessible and is very expensive at their time. According to jcmit, it was about USD$5.28/MB in 1990. At that price, it makes more sense to print out your photos than storing it digitally. Therefore, we see all our childhood photos printed and still accessible till now. In addition, you don't pay hundreds or even thousands to take a professional photo shoot just to store it digitally. Have it printed out, hang it around your home and show it to your guests.
As hard disk increase its failure chance from year to year, print photos lose its color and quality as years goes by. There are a few ways to keep and store your prints to slow down the color degrading of the photos. A dry cabinet/box, it is very common storage method for photographers to keep their equipment away from mold and fungus. It is also consider one of the best ways to store your printed photos as well. Think of it as a refrigerator for your vegetables to keep it fresh. At about $20 investment, you can buy a dry small cabinet/box from most electronic stores. It comes with different sizes to suit your collections and most importantly, it keeps your precious photos the way you printed it.