Recognize Your Roll


A quick and easy little tip to mark your full rolls of film.

When going on day trips or on a Lomowalk, I usually bring loads of film with me, but I like to keep them in one pouch. To avoid confusion and having to remember which rolls I shot, I came up with this:

These little round and colorful stickers always help me oversee the situation in my film pouch. I take a strip of them with me and stick them on top of the film canisters so I know which rolls I shot that day. Not only are they handy for that, I also like to write little notes on them so I know what purpose they have, such as ‘x-pro’ and the initials of a Lomobuddy’s username I’m doing doubles with, and for whom the roll is intended.

I think they can be bought from anywhere. I bought mine on the stationery floor of a department store.

written by miss_maha on 2011-07-20 #gear #tutorials #film #35mm #sticker #note #tipster #roll #canister #lomography #quickie-tipster #marking


  1. ashdinosaur
    ashdinosaur ·

    I use masking tape :)

  2. marissa
    marissa ·

    I use old train tickets... :')

  3. chucknoz
    chucknoz ·

    I use my memory. The human mind is a wonderful thing :)

  4. francesco1
    francesco1 ·

    cool idea!

  5. domo-guy
    domo-guy ·

    I use black and silver markers :D

  6. ananditya
    ananditya ·

    hehe nice on @chucknoz

  7. wonderdude
    wonderdude ·

    Memory is not a strong point for me, and I usually carry lots of film and multiple cameras.
    In my gear bag, fresh rolls are kept in translucent canisters, inside a ziplock bag. If a canister doesn't already have a product sticker on the cap, I'll write the name of the film on the outside of the canister with a fine-point Sharpie permanent black marker.
    After I finish shooting a roll, I'll write any special details (like, "sprocket rocket," or "shot @200") directly on the roll. Oftentimes, rolls come with pre-printed checkboxes or note areas on them, but the sharpie is able to mark on labels which don't. The used roll then goes into a black film canister kept in a separate ziplock bag.

  8. rtkenmore
    rtkenmore ·

    I've been debating on a good way to remember what roll is what... does anyone have any suggestions on a storage solution for 120 film until I make it to the camera shop? 35mm obviously comes with a canister but the 120 film I'm finding doesn't come with any type of canister.

  9. skrutt
    skrutt ·

    More ideas! How to choose which one to use? :P Better write it down I think, til I find the best solution! Thanks for the tip! :D

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