Dusty wrote:My cousins - who always seemed to depend upon me for taking photos after their Dad 'retired', dumped everything into a big box.
Ahh, that is my organization system for my old film also.
I've got a bunch of boxes of various sizes that contain tons of old processing envelopes with negatives and prints. Also, a bunch of old slide boxes. In the early 1990s I thought I would try to organize things a bit better so I bought a bunch of plastic negative and slide pages and put them in several big 3-ring binders. I put some of my favorite slides in the slide pages and for the negatives if the 4 or 6 frame strip had at least one of my favorite photos on it I would put it in one of the negative pages. I sort of regret doing that because it meant those slides/negatives got separated from the others on the same roll. I have a mish mash of stuff with no organization at all. Part of the reason is just because I haven't stayed in one place for long in many years so I have had to move things around many times, put it in storage, etc. What a mess. Now that I have scanned most of the film images that I thought I would ever remotely care about things are much better.
I am disappointed I found another big cache of film though. Of the 2000 or so slides/negatives that I recently found probably I would only end up scanning 500-800, but it still requires going through them all and I can't do that now. Maybe some year in the future I will have another chance. Possibly some of them have already been scanned in years gone by, but I won't know that until I can go through it all.
My digital photos and my scanned film photos though are organized much better. All my digital and many of my scanned film photos are in Lightroom with keywords. Also, for the digital ones I can also search by date/time, camera, lens, ISO, etc. Usually I can find a particular photo in seconds. Even if I can narrow it down to just 100 photos I can then visually look through those in just a few more seconds.