A Simple Way to Catalogue Your Film Archives.

5

Imagine when you want to look for that roll of film from a special trip or event you went to a few years ago and you realize that you have tens or even hundreds of rolls stashed in your storage area. Each one of them needs to be taken out and painstakingly gone through just to look for that one roll.

Well, the good news is if you’re only beginning now and you only have in your name a handful of films, you can avoid that with some simple cataloging. Here’s how:

What you’ll need:
1. Sticker Paper
2. Printer
3. Some knowledge on Microsoft Office Word

You can get these ready-cut sticker papers in most stationary stores. The one I bought came with three columns but I have seen ones with other configurations.

In Microsoft Office Word, make tables with the type of information you intend to record on your canisters. In my case, I’ve decided to have a code line, date, location and film type.

I’ll be using the code line to keep track of which film roll an album or a photo is from so that if I want to make any reprints, I could just look for the code and know which film to grab. As for the date, location and film type, they’re easily changeable to suit your needs! Maybe you want to have a line to keep track of which event the roll was from or even which friend you got it from if you’re doing film swaps.

The possibilities are there for you to explore so do what you have to to suit your needs and make sure that the next time you’re looking for that particular roll of film, you’ll have no trouble finding it.

written by esmondsit on 2011-08-09 in #gear #tipster #record #film #archive #label #tipster #roll

5 Comments

  1. simonh82
    simonh82 ·

    So are you labelling the undeveloped film? What do you do when the film is developed.

  2. yarah
    yarah ·

    @simonh82 I think the developed films are stored in the film canister. But it is also a great tip for undeveloped film, which are lying in the fridge waiting to be used. Every time I'm looking for a special kind of film, i've to open all the canisters, with the stickers on it, it's way easy to find them :D

  3. zoezo
    zoezo ·

    i just write on the canister in marker pen...all you need then is a pen!

  4. esmondsit
    esmondsit ·

    @simonh82 Yes, as yarah said it works for both developed and undeveloped films.
    @zoezo I'm sure it works as good. =D For people like me who can't draw on anything but a flat surface, it helps cause then I could read my own handwriting. =P

  5. zoezo
    zoezo ·

    :-) thats true

More Interesting Articles

  • Fascinating Old Photographs of New York City

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-04-23 in #world #lifestyle
    Fascinating Old Photographs of New York City

    Have you ever wondered how "The City That Never Sleeps" looked like more than a hundred years ago? Here's a handful of photographs to satisfy your curiosity!

  • A Color Remix

    written by lomographymagazine on 2016-02-09 in #gear #lifestyle
    A Color Remix

    It's human nature to be restless and imaginative. The real may be interpreted as what one sees or how one sees something. For the daydreamer, a scene from nature transforms into a canvas. Suddenly a field makes room for chemical coloring, all those anachronistic streaks that somehow look right. Or else, those beautiful colors amplified or subdued to their most pictorial shades. All in the world of trial-and-process film photography.

  • A Round-up of Lomography Events Around the World in October

    written by Lomography on 2015-10-03 in #world #news #events
    A Round-up of Lomography Events Around the World in October

    Exhibits, workshops, lomowalks and tons of Halloween fun! It's time to head for the Lomography Gallery Store or Lomography Embassy Stores in your area. October is packed with events that no one should miss.

  • Shop News

    Explore the New Jupiter 3+

    Explore the New Jupiter 3+

    A resurrection from the zenith of Russian premium optics, get the same elegance and classic compact design as its predecessor. — available in small quantities on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Reviews on Rewind: Pop 9

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-03-29 in #gear #reviews
    Reviews on Rewind: Pop 9

    The Pop 9 is an analog multilens wonder that allows you to take a mosaic of nine images in one frame à la Andy Warhol's famous pop art. In this Reviews on Rewind installment, we dug through our archives and found these informative reviews of the Pop 9 - just in case you're looking into snagging a fun camera in your arsenal!

  • Lovely Squares Courtesy of the Lomography Color Negative 400 (120) Rumble Winners

    written by icequeenubia on 2015-08-10 in #people
    Lovely Squares Courtesy of the Lomography Color Negative 400 (120) Rumble Winners

    Looking for a versatile film that's suitable for all lighting condition? A roll of Lomography CN 400 (120) is all you need!

    6
  • When the Soul Speaks Through Images: an Interview with Suji Park

    written by bgaluppo on 2015-05-21 in #people #lifestyle
    When the Soul Speaks Through Images: an Interview with Suji Park

    When a truly fascinating photograph hits you, it’s powerful enough to transport you to the story that is being told in that image. Such is what happens when one sees Suji Park's work for the first time. It’s as if you can actually hear and feel the details of each snapshot — the warmth of a late afternoon sun, the complex silence of nature or a dry and nostalgic solitude.

    2
  • Shop News

    Additional Member of Diana F+ Family is Here!

    Additional Member of Diana F+ Family is Here!

    Snap your happy memories with the medium format Diana F+ Cortina! This special edition camera is a nod to fun winter holidays: snow-capped mountains, skiing and good times with friends and family!

  • A Compilation of Lomo'Instant Stories

    written by Jill Tan Radovan on 2015-08-04 in #gear #news
    A Compilation of Lomo'Instant Stories

    There are many possible reasons for taking pictures. It could be to document an event, to capture breathtaking scenery, to preserve a fond memory, or simply, to have a snapshot of someone close to your heart. Whatever the reason, there's almost always a story behind a picture, no matter how significant or trivial it may be. And for lomographers, nothing beats the feeling of having that story unfold in your hand, in the form of a print. If you want a quick keepsake from that treasured moment or a snapshot of that special someone though, you can have it instantly, through Lomo'Instant Stories!

    2
  • A Salute to the Masters: R.I.P. (A Tribute to George Krause)

    written by sirio174 on 2015-06-20 in #world #lifestyle
    A Salute to the Masters: R.I.P. (A Tribute to George Krause)

    This article is dedicated to the multifaceted American photographer George Krause and to his series depicting funeral monuments realized between 1962 and 1963. I was able to know about this series thanks to an important essay on photography written by former Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Director of Photography, John Szarkowski. For this tribute, I loaded my trusty Praktica camera with a roll of Ilford film and took a series of photos in the Monumental Cemetery in my city, Como. Take a look!

    2
  • Huge Vintage Camera Lot for Sale on eBay

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-03-03 in #world #news
    Huge Vintage Camera Lot for Sale on eBay

    Fancy building a camera museum or, well, simply have hundreds of cameras at your disposal? You might want to take a look at this newest camera lot to show up on eBay, which includes 600 cameras by various makers and carries a "Buy It Now" price tag of $34,900.00.

    1
  • Shop News

    Try the LomoLAB Development Service!

    Try the LomoLAB Development Service!

    Whatever kind of film development you're after, you'll find it here! Now you can confidently shoot from the hip without having to worry where to develop those film rolls!

  • Photo of the Day by evilpete

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-06-21 in #world #news
    Photo of the Day by evilpete

    What's your most favorite thing to do when the weather is bad and you can't leave the house? For one of our fellow lomographer, he travels through his imagination!

    1
  • Splitz Your Squares! Get a Free Diana+ Splitzer When You Buy a Diana F+ Camera

    written by shhquiet on 2015-05-20 in #gear #news
    Splitz Your Squares! Get a Free Diana+ Splitzer When You Buy a Diana F+ Camera

    It's hip to be square, but with the Diana+ Splitzer you can make your shots way cooler. Like, have you ever imagined taking a picture of your friend's head in the clouds? Or putting two unlikely subjects in one photo, such as a puppy's face with your uncle's feet?

  • Kelly Angood and the Exciting World of Pinhole Photography

    written by jacobs on 2015-04-03 in #people #news #lifestyle
    Kelly Angood and the Exciting World of Pinhole Photography

    The founder of The Pop-Up Pinhole Co., Kelly Angood, has been handcrafting pinhole cameras from scratch since 2010. After developing a huge online following from one of her early pinhole designs, she embarked on a mission to design an affordable, functional pinhole camera that could be constructed all in the comfort of your own home — and it had to look great too! Following an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign, her mission was realized. Read on to see how it happened and what's next for Kelly and The Pop-Up Pinhole Company!

    2