Film Archiving: Don’t Throw Your Lomo Boxes Away!


Fellow Lomographers, it’s time to think inside the box! Every Lomography product comes in a funky looking box, neatly packed for your satisfaction! Don’t throw those Lomo boxes away, they will come in handy later on.

At the end of 2010, I bought my first camera from Lomography, along with a bunch of accessories. Here are the lucky fellows that made it to my shelf: a Diana F+, a Diana+ 35mm Back!, a Lomography Ringflash and a Diana+ 20mm Fisheye Lens. They each came in their own cool looking boxes which I kept for a couple of months as decorations in my room.

But after a while, after I started collecting more and more processed films and archiving became more of a problem, the Lomo boxes came in handy! I started organizing my developed films in the cool looking decorations from my room.

As the local photo lab always puts the processed films in cylindrical canisters, I came up with this idea:

Step 1: I write with a permanent marker the name of the film, the camera with which I took the photos and the date on the canister.

Step 2: I put the canister in the Lomo box for storage.

Until now I have used the Diana 35mm Back box (in which you can accommodate 24 35mm films) and the Diana 20mm Fisheye lens box (where you can put 15 35mm films).

In the near future I think I will add an extra step to my film archiving process by writing with a permanent marker on the cap of the film canisters the month and year when the photos were taken. This way I will find the films easier if I want to rescan them.

written by lucretia on 2011-08-18 #gear #tutorials #film #store #box #35mm-film #storage #tipster #organize #select-type-of-tipster #film-storage #film-archiving #lomography-box #lomo-box


  1. iandevlinphoto
    iandevlinphoto ·

    good idea

  2. yein
    yein ·

    nice tips..

  3. domo-guy
    domo-guy ·

    Now my boxes would have something to do than to collect dust :) Good tip!

  4. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    Very good idea.

  5. lucretia
    lucretia ·

    Thanks everybody! Glad you like it!

  6. may2812
    may2812 ·

    do you roll your film and put it back into the canister after processing it?

  7. lucretia
    lucretia ·

    @may2812 as I don't have my own film scanner, I leave the films to get scanned at the local photo lab. They put the films in canisters and I leave them like this. They don't cut the film and put it in an envelope as other labs do.

  8. skrutt
    skrutt ·

    It looks so nice! I just have a Diana Mini box, so wouldnt be able to fit many film canister in that one, but I love the look and idea! (even though almost all my developed film comes in an envelope)

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