Cutting Negatives


How many frames should one include when cutting negatives? This terribly important question has had me preoccupied for days. My workflow has always been to cut strips of 6 frames. This makes for the most efficient scanning and easy storage in the 6x6 negative sleeves. 

The problem with 6-frame strips is that it makes printing contact (proof) sheets fussy and difficult. The strips don't fit well on an 8x10 sheet of paper when in the sleeves, and trying to arrange curled negatives individually is an exercise in frustration. I've decided to print a real contact sheet for every roll, meaning I'll need to change my habits and cut 7 strips with 5 frames each. These will fit nicely in the 7x5 sleeves and print directly onto normal 8x10 paper. It will make scanning less convenient, since I'll need to load and scan one extra time per roll on the V750, but having a nice contact sheet stored with every roll makes it worth a little extra effort.

Next I'll learn how to print a proper contact sheet so that it can be used to accurately judge the negatives.