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    Writing down the details

    I would like to know what is your way to write down or noting the details you do with film such as camera used, the film, the developer,....etc.

    I created a page with table included, what do you think about it? and what should i change about it?

    I want to use this sheet as details recording, i bought a small note but i feel notes aren't that much clear if i mess writing the details and if the note is small, and the writing is taking time for me, but the this kind of sheet i can just fill the blanks to save time for me, give me any suggestions or opinions, please.

    Attached 2 versions of the same page details i am looking for, the second one i added lines for notes if i want to write down the steps i did in processing.
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    Re: Writing down the details

    I use a notebook, and write down the holder number, the film and ISO (which varies according to developer), the lens and filter, if any, and:

    Shadow meter reading
    Exposure
    Highlight meter reading

    Then I can calculate development. When I develop the first negative, I write down that information, and note any change I might want to make. Ideally I would print the first negative before I develop the second one, but now I scan it and that gives me a sense of what to do.

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    Re: Writing down the details

    About the same as Dave, plus a small rough composition sketch of the scene. There are other threads on this topic, also.

    I use Rite In The Rain water-proof surveyor's notebooks (about 4"x7") and they serve as my journals of my last 35 year of photographic activity.
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    Re: Writing down the details

    I label my film holders with masking tape and put all of the info there. Then I transfer it to the negative sleeve. Been working for me for a long time.

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    Re: Writing down the details

    For me, a list like your examples dont work, the information all looks the same and I need to do too much reading to find something.

    I like to organize with symbols and with the layout of where the items are on the page.
    for example,
    -The exposure is always at the right of the page, in the same spot. and has a funky box around it.
    -My indication for development is always in the same spot, with a line below for any comments.
    In practice I am rather messy, mainly because I forget my layout, am rushing, or have decided on a better layout.
    My spot meter is a sekonic and some of the graphics I use mimic its display.

    General layout:
    _______________________________
    Neg# Title date
    (film notes)
    lighting conditions

    list of values I want to measure
    shadows.......value.....zone
    highlights......value.....zone

    (other graphic for tones in scene)
    ---------------------------Exposure
    Modifiers (Bellows, filters)
    ----------------------new Exposure
    ----------------------Development
    (development notes)
    _______________________________



    more of my messy notes on flickr

    also, I have a second note book that has general negative information so I can quickly browse for negatives.



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    Re: Writing down the details

    Those writings and sketches are all good for you, but not for me at all, English is not my Language and making those like mess isn't helping me, but good to know your way, i really surprised who do you recognize and read all those sketches and drawing and numbers with brackets/lines/arrows and a lot of maths there, it is like you are solving maths or physics equations more than organizing something.

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    Re: Writing down the details

    as I said, in practice it doesn't work out so well. In practice it is like solving a math problem, laying out the known values and then circling and choosing what seems best.

    What would make your proposed sheets more accessible would be to break things up a bit to have short items, like date and exposure and film, on the same line.
    And to add a space to sketch the scene.

    we all have our ways =)
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    Re: Writing down the details

    I attach new modified or revised data sheet, and this time i made it in 2 pages and i added a file or reference number on top of the table to use it on the sleeve of the film rolls/sheets processed but i tried to keep it as simple for myself and straight forward, anything else it can be done under Notes line, i don't feel i like any of your method, but i respect that it worked for you for years, i started with some kind of messy notes as well but find out it confuses me or make me feel i am lazy to do things more clean/clear way and i found out that most words are repeated, so the form or sheet is to save my time and making me more organized way, i don't expect you to like it, but i asked in second part of my question if i need to change something about it and you only showed me what's your way only.
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    Re: Writing down the details

    I forgot to add the time for processing, my mistake, but i can add that too, or it can be just written under chemical Dilution and temp, or under Chemical agitation as we mention time in agitation anyway.

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    Re: Writing down the details

    I used to be really anal about this. For the past decade I only note subject, holder no., film, if a filter was used, and what development.

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