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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
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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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 :
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.
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.
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 !
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
Thanks for the sarcasm. Personally I would no more develop my own films than I would do my own dry cleaning.
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!
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.
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 ?
I don`t anymore, LR does it for me
My file organization is pretty terrible, tbh. I should really make an effort to clear things up.
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