Thursday, April 26, 2012

Preservation Week Pointer #4 - Save Your Digital Photographs!

Preservation Week: April 22- 29, 2012. This week on the blog we're highlighting Preservation Week with daily pointers for preserving your personal collections.

When you upload digital photographs to online services for sharing (such as Facebook, Flickr, Google+, etc.) those services automatically compress your images. What does that mean? Well, they’ll still look fine when viewed on the web, but if you ever want to download them in their original high quality for printing, you’re out of luck! So while these sites are great for sharing, it’s best to save a high-resolution copy of your original image on your own computer (and back it up, of course).

Some services such as Flickr will store high-resolution images if you pay for a pro account, but most don’t do this for free accounts…be sure to do your research if you want high-quality images to use in the future. For more information about preserving digital photographs visit the Library of Congress Keeping Personal Digital Photographs web page.

Preservation Week at Dartmouth College Library is part of an annual event sponsored by the American Library Association to raise awareness of preservation issues and solutions. For more information visit our website.

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