Film Properties

In order to handle film correctly, you must understand its components and properties.  By the end of this tutorial, you’ll be able to:

  • Explain the composition of film media
  • Describe how to store film properly
  • Delineate how to identify and handle different types of film.

Please view the following videos and familiarize yourself with the content presented in the next several pages to prepare for the Film Properties Quiz. A passing grade is required for eligibility to use the IS Lab’s Media Archives equipment.


Learn how to store film in the best way to minimize damage.


Here is how our current film collection is stored:

Storage Unit IS Labs