Photographers log..

Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by Gandalf, Nov 7, 2004.

  1. Gandalf

    Gandalf TPF Noob!

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    So this weekend while I was out walking around a park (taking a few snapshots) something clicked in my head:

    Does anyone carry a small notepad so that they can jot down the settings on their camera for each picture taken?

    This seems like a really good idea for someone like me who's just starting out.
     
  2. Walt

    Walt TPF Noob!

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    I keep telling myself I'm going to start doing that. Maybe next time! :)
     
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    photosoup guru TPF Noob!

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    That's one thing I love about digital... all the information is stored on the file :)
     
  4. ksmattfish

    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    I carry the notebook around, but I never write anything down :D and then later I always wished that I had. It's a habit would like to pick up. I write developing notes (like what ISO, N, N-1...) on tape and stick it to the roll or film holder, and I have a darkroom log that I take pretty good notes in: exposure times, aperture, materials, burn/dodge sketches...
     
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    motcon TPF Noob!

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    i have the same habits as Matt. if you are just beginning, however; i suggest writing down the info for every shot until you get to know your film and process like your best friend.
     
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    malachite Heavily Medicated For Your Protection

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    I write everything down when I'm doing time exposure stuff. I also just makes notes about the light quality/intensity, # of flash bursts used.......bla bla bla. Also gives me something to do when my exposures are averaging 10+ minutes each.

    Only other time I take notes is when using a new film. Bracket like crazy, compare the slides with your notes and you'll learn that particular film personality in half the time.
     
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    Canon Fan TPF Noob!

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    I actually went to the extent of creating an Excel spreadsheet w/printout forms to write the stuff down. Unfortunately the printed sheets ended up at the bottom of the trunk of my car and the Excel file evetually got deleted because I never used either one of them. It's a great idea but it's a lot of work to remind yourself to do it :oops:
     
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    I'm new at this too and have a small notebook which I keep with my camera stuff and use to take down the settings when I take pics. I also make a note of the time of day and what the light was like. Not sure if that's taking it a bit too far but hey, when you haven't got a clue and need to learn I guess anything goes.

    Good luck with your pics (& note taking)
     
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    My only suggestion when doing this is don't drop it in a puddle!!! I had that bad experience just recently when I tried some night exposures. :roll:
     
  10. Corry

    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    I told myself I was gonna do that when I first got my camera...and I never have to this day, though I sometimes wich I had written donw the info.
     
  11. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Definitely a better way to learn than just shooting and waiting until you get your prints back...but I have never actually done this either.

    A personal tape/voice recorder would also work.
     
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    Hertz van Rental TPF Noob!

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    An obsession with shutter speeds and apertures is not unusual but try to get out of it. It serves no real purpose and takes your mind off the important things - like the image.
    I once met a succesful professional photographer and looking at his pictures I singled out my favourite and asked what exposure he had given it. He looked at me and said 'sufficient'.
     

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