Despite modern technology, many of us will still want a printed version of the pictures that we have taken. This can be achieved from them having been professionally produced for us or from us printing the photographs out for ourselves. This article will explore the many ways in which the final photograph, or image, is displayed.
The different types of photograph album available vary in terms of the number of photographs that they are required to hold and in how they hold them. The factors in your choice are likely to be dependent on how many photographs you regularly take and how easily you want to remove them from the album.
Plastic pockets to hold photographs are a popular solution because the photographs are not only easily removable, but orders can be more easily changed within an album. You may later, for instance, decide to switch from a chronological to a thematic approach.
The disadvantage of having albums with a sticky backing, which would be an alternative, is that the backing may lose its stickiness over time. Where the backings are not sticky, photo corners can be used. These are now translucent, as opposed to when they were black and hid the corners of the photographs.
With family history research, that is genealogy, and the archiving of the information becoming popular, there are now many storage solutions on the market for storing all kinds of documents, including photographs and birth certificates. Acid free coatings are promoted to protect documents. Keeping your photographs away from the light will be recommended to stop them fading.
Photograph frames, although termed that, do not always have frames. There are also types available that consist only of a Perspex sheet and a wooden backing board. They are useful if you want to show the whole photograph. Conversely, mounts can be used to show only a portion of a photograph. Historically, we know that picture frames date to AD 50-70 because a wooden frame and portrait was found inside an Egyptian tomb. It had been well preserved. Hand-carved wood frames would appear in the 12th and 13th centuries and be as we know them today.
An instant way to share photographs is online. That is, over a social media platform such as Facebook or Instagram. As an extension to this, videos of moving images can also be instantly shared. Often captured spontaneously, they represent a realistic snapshot of social history. How permanent of a record digital images represent will depend on how long digital mediums are likely to last in relation to their paper equivalent. In terms of this, we can say currently that digital photos remain the same as when they were saved, accepting the fact that they can become corrupted on this media. One of the advantages of digital photographs is that they do not take up as much space as their paper equivalent. In addition, the photographer has the advantage of being able to improve the images that they have taken using image manipulation software. No longer does the photographer have to consider everything before the image is taken, instead they can become creative afterwards. This would suggest, therefore, that the most important thing to consider with photography is that everything you want to capture is contained within your photograph, as everything that is not may prove the most difficult, if not impossible, to add later.
So, a few ways to display photographs are considered above. In considering them, we must take a moment to think about all the photographs our relatives took in the past that would otherwise have been moments lost forever. It can be annoying, though, when no date has been written on the back of a black and white photograph. In the future, this will surely not be an issue because files will record the dates that the pictures were saved, which will be the same, or close to, the dates that they were taken. Long term, if one medium become obsolete, then photographic images can always be transferred to the latest one, like video cassettes have been transferred onto DVDs.