I’ve been thinking a lot about a question that might not have an answer.
Or to be more accurate, a question that has a million individual answers.
How many photos is enough?
Another way to wrap your head around this question is to think of your photos as a slide show.
Now the question is:
How long is long enough for this particular slideshow?
Now let’s assume for a moment that I can jump ahead via Time Machine. Do you think your descendants would give the same answer as you just did? A common mistake many people make is that they take the love they have for their favorite photos — the ones that are going in the slideshow for sure — and transfer those feelings to every photograph.
Here are three unavoidable truths:
- Every photograph does not have the same value , because the value of a photograph comes from the image it contains, not the chemical and physical makeup of the medium.
- You can’t keep everything. Even if you currently have the space and budget to properly archive all the photographs you ever took…
- Your descendants will not want to keep every photograph you ever snapped.
I’ve been telling people this as bluntly as possible (for a midwesterner, anyway) since the late 1990s, but it’s a message many people resist. There’s a sad tale of woe about how it took a big dumb mistake to get me to finally create a product I’ve wanted to sell for years and years. Long story short is that I got stuck with some un-matching boxes that would have cost me a fortune to return. You can read all about it on the How To DeClutter Your Photos Like An Archivist page. Click here for all the dish and also to learn the details about what’s included with How To DeClutter Your Photos Like An Archivist.
HOW TO WIN – Entering to Win Is Easy Peasy
Use the comments section below to answer one of these two questions: (1) How many photos is enough? (2) How long is enough for a slideshow? (You’re only answering for yourself, of course.) Contest closes
at 10pm Central on Tuesday, September 3rd. NOTE: Comments posted after 7am on Tuesday will not be published until after 7pm that night. Even if you don’t see it here, you will be entered to win. Please do not enter more than once. If you don’t read this paragraph and try to post over and over and over and over you will not be eligible. This contest is open only to contestants in the contiguous 48 states of the USA. One winner will be selected at random after contest closes at 10pm central time on Tuesday 9/3. Winner will be contact via email for shipping details
This Free DeClutter Your Photos Like An Archivist Includes:
Storage for up to 1,000 photos 5×7 inches and smaller (plus negatives) in the safest possible materials:
- Shoebox-style tan box manufactured without any glue that could leech acids into your photos some day. A nice bonus of the metal edges is they provide stacking strength. More importantly, this box has passed the Photographic Activity Test or PAT, an independent third party test that’s the only reliable way to know your storage materials will not cause damage to your photographs over time.
Dimensions : Box is 5.5 x 7.5 x 12 inches
- 50 PAT Passed paper envelopes that can hold up to 36 prints as well as 36 negatives in strips.
Dimensions: Envelopes are 4.81 x 7.25 inches
- 25 PAT Passed envelopes that are more like sleeves and hold a single image. Use these for special images you want to scan, write the story behind the photo in pencil on the empty envelope.
Dimensions: Sleeves are 5.5 x 7.38″
Plus you also get:
- Pair of white cotton gloves
- Stabilo All pencil to safely mark the back of photos that have a plastic coating
- Soft #1 pencil to safely mark the back of photos that have an un-coated paper backing
- Microspatula to help you remove photos from sticky magnetic albums, among other things.
- CD chock full of advice and how-to in plain English
- Print version of my popular 8 Blunders People Make When They Scan Photos….And How To Avoid Them.
- Live follow-up Q&A exclusively for owners of DeClutter Your Photos Like An Archivist . We will meet for an hour-long online webchat every Sunday afternoon in September – except September 1st because that’s Labor Day Weekend and too many people will be busy. There’s no software to download, so don’t worry. I’ll take a poll and if you guys want, I can also schedule a Thursday evening bridge line for a group phone call (your regular long distance charges will apply when you call in to the line).
- Your most burning question, answered. Since I absolutely, positively HAD to make this package irresistible, everyone who purchases this kit will also get their most burning question answered by me via email. Part of me is concerned that that this will take up way more time than I want (Big Dumb Mistake of 2013, perhaps?) but I know that this kind of help can make the difference between you getting started on your project and letting it languish. In any case, I’m willing to give this idea a try. You know what? If this kind of help for you turns out to be a burdensome for me, I’ll just chalk it up to a learning experience and won’t offer it as a bonus again. Because that’s what running your own business is about, right? :p