If you don’t want your film to be ruined, follow these tips!
Film archiving is important if you don’t want your negatives to be ruined. I’ve found mine to be coated with dust, growing fungus or scratched in my years of shooting and it can be a nightmare! As a result, you learn that you should treat your negatives properly (assuming you cherish and want to keep them).
Some of my endless pile of negatives:
So if you’re keep on keeping your negs in top-top condition, there are certain things you should do.
1. The most basic thing to buy:
Archival-quality storage sheets – do an online search and you will find them on sale on Amazon and other websites. These sheets are acid-free, among other things, so well acid won’t eat into your film. There are clear and translucent ones, and they usually come with holes on the side so you can keep them in binders (found in bookshops). There is also a slot on the sheet usually for you to fill in details about the negatives.
2. A second option to boost protection:
There are archival storage binders too, which you can find on sale on archiving shops (they have many online) – there are boxes too, which provide a more secure storage place as they keep water and dust out. If you don’t want to make the investment, you can always use normal files.
3. And you could go one step further:
Buy a dry cabinet if you don’t already have one, or a dehumidifier, so you can keep your negatives (and cameras!) even better protected from moisture and the evil film-destroying fungus.
Have fun archiving!