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    Artichoke
    12 Jun 2013 - 5:25 PM

    I've discovered 11 albums so far and envelope upon envelope containing sleeves of negatives. Plus a box which has easily three hundred photos in and a tin with same plus random loose ones in with other stuff and it's not really organised.

    Do you organise for yourself firstly or for other people to look at ? Personally I think there's nothing worse than Uncle George on the beach x32 followed by a blurred cat disappearing so although I only put what I consider the best photos in an album I mix them up so someone browsing through gets a complete mix.

    I find that the pages in self adhesive photograph albums, over time, go a funny colour and also that the photos stick so firmly that it I daren't remove them. Do you usee them or not ?

    I really like this for my new black and white ones and they are BOGOF too but it's self adhesive Sad
    http://www.whsmith.co.uk/Products/WHSmith-Large-Self-Adhesive-Vintage-Cameras-Ph...

    I need a gadget to look at my negatives to sort them out.. or can I keep them in the sleeves and use a Maglite ?? Any suggestions please ?

    Some people may say scan em and keep them on your computer.. well I use my laptop so much I have this tendency to fry them.. I've already tried CDs and making a DVD and if systems change then basically yer scuppered. I tried storing some on Evernote www.evernote.com and some on free storage space on VirginMedia but when I wanted to download I lost some both times.

    So I'm thinking I need some tips here please !

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    pablophotographer

    Prinetd pics.... got a lot in envelopes some on albums.

    On digital I would recommend an external hard drive and a file compressor.
    My separation method follows this mentality :
    origin type:
    Film / digital
    Colour / black and white
    Life/still nature (contains landscape too).

    I think it is hard to remember a picture based on dates, unless you can remember dates.
    Most likely you would remember the theme and the colour...

    Hope I helped a bit.

    Gundog
    Gundog  1624 forum posts Scotland
    8 Jul 2013 - 7:59 PM

    Back in the olden days, I kept the negatives/trannies in sleeves in ring binders with a contact print for each sleeve and, from the mid-80s onward, an index on dBase.

    Nowadays, when I use film, I scan the negatives immediately after processing and import the scans into my normal Lightroom workflow.

    Artichoke
    10 Jul 2013 - 8:04 PM

    Lightroom Workflow is a tad technical for me I think, I used to use bog standard PhotoShop. The contact sheet is a good idea I wish I had done that years ago !

    JJGEE
    JJGEE  96106 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
    10 Jul 2013 - 10:14 PM


    Quote: Lightroom Workflow is a tad technical for me I think,

    I wonder how you would cope with developing film / prints ?

    Far more technical than Lightroom Wink

    Artichoke
    11 Jul 2013 - 1:12 AM

    Thanks for the sarcasm. Personally I would no more develop my own films than I would do my own dry cleaning.

    Gundog
    Gundog  1624 forum posts Scotland
    11 Jul 2013 - 9:14 AM


    Quote: Thanks for the sarcasm. Personally I would no more develop my own films than I would do my own dry cleaning.

    Good analogy. The chemicals are equally noxious!

    keith selmes
    11 Jul 2013 - 11:48 AM

    Most of my negs are filed in ring binders.
    I wrote numbers on the sleeves for each roll and had a simple database with the number, date, key words, and film type.
    A spreadsheet would do. Just helps keep track and find them when needed.
    I found for myself, one binder per year was about right.
    (But now one for the last 4 years I think)

    I still have some prints in boxes, but when those negs are scanned, I expect to scrap most of the prints.
    I don't expect I'll scan all negs.

    I had the same problems with self adhesive albums, they are best avoided.

    As suggested above, use an external usb drive for backup. I like always to have data in two places at least, more if it's important.
    If the laptops really are dying at a ferocious rate, apart from avoiding that, store images on line as well as locally.
    Or have more than one external drive. Or do everything. Paranoia is a good trait where data backups are concerned.

    Artichoke
    11 Jul 2013 - 8:43 PM

    I bought myself one of those fans that the laptop sits on which is working well so far but I think I should investigate an externa; hard drive, Anyone have any recommendations please ?

    Paul Morgan
    Paul Morgan e2 Member 1214403 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
    12 Jul 2013 - 1:13 AM

    I don`t anymore, LR does it for me Smile

    Consulo
    Consulo  9762 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
    12 Jul 2013 - 12:10 PM

    My file organization is pretty terrible, tbh. I should really make an effort to clear things up.

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