Why You Should Number Your Rolls

Emily Sweet | Ilford Delta3200 | Pentax645N

The simple step of numbering your rolls saves you time, keeps you organized and helps you see your scans sooner. Here's how:

Your order moves faster through the lab.

When film is scanned chronologically, we see entire scenes at once. This means we don't have to waste any time stopping to see what color an invitation was or what a dress looked like a few rolls back—it’s all right there.⁠

Your scans are more consistent.

When our expert color techs view entire scenes at once, they can judge accurate color faster and with far greater consistency than if scenes were broken apart across rolls. ⁠This means less editing for you!

Your images are uploaded in order.

No more wasting time pushing files around. Your frames arrive already organized chronologically.

We never charge for this service.

Really, you should give it a try!⁠

So, what’s the right way to number your rolls? ⁠

  • Pre-number a set of sticky dots (⅞" or 1") using a black permanent marker and take it with you on your shoot.
  • As you finish each roll, place a dot on the end of the film roll. Start with 1 and work your way up.⁠
  • Be sure to underline under these numbers, which can easily be confused if viewed upside down: 6, 9, 12, 21, 15 and 51.⁠
  • Please use block 1s. Write number one as "l" not “1,” as the latter can easily be confused for a seven (7).

Underline these numbers, which can easily be confused if viewed upside down: 6, 9, 12, 21, 15 and 51.

Underline these numbers, which can easily be confused if viewed upside down: 6, 9, 12, 21, 15 and 51.

Use block 1s! Write number one as “l” not “1,” as the latter can easily be confused for the number seven (7).

Do you have questions about numbering your rolls? Please give us a call or shoot us an email, we're happy to help!

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