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    Re: Where do y'all record your photo data ?

    I have a spreadsheet that I can access on my phone and home computer. I keep track of info from shooting, developing, and printing each negative. It also contains info on reciprocity for the films that I use, tracking and issues with film holders, EI and developing info, filter factors, guide number and flashbulb info, etc.
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    Re: Where do y'all record your photo data ?

    Quote Originally Posted by rjbuzzclick View Post
    I have a spreadsheet that I can access on my phone and home computer. I keep track of info from shooting, developing, and printing each negative. It also contains info on reciprocity for the films that I use, tracking and issues with film holders, EI and developing info, filter factors, guide number and flashbulb info, etc.
    If you're happy to share it, I'd like to see your spreadsheet. If you send me a personal message, I'll reply with my e-mail (PMs don't take attachments).

    I made one myself a few months ago. It can be downloaded from Github at https://github.com/rorynl/Film-Photograph-Worksheet On that page, it's at the green "Code" button > Download ZIP. I made the spreadsheet in Numbers, but it can be converted to Excel.

    There's a thread here about it at https://www.largeformatphotography.i...sure-Worksheet
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    Re: Where do y'all record your photo data ?

    I use Rite in the Rain surveying notebooks. Waterproof, write in pencil.

    I like the 5x7 size -- I use the Level design, #311FX. I write what I need to, in about the same format over the years -- no need for labeled boxes or lines to fill out.

    I have a stack of them starting in the 1980s. Below is an example page -- and the photo from the negative recorded on the top of the page. And an example of a recent 4x5 negative in its paper envelope and its data transferred to the envelope (in pencil). Printing process and dates will be added when printed.

    My later books are a little more refined. At the time of these entries, I also was keeping tabs on my three 8 year olds, so entries were usually hurried. The little drawings have not gotten much better over time.

    PS...I read Maris' post below;
    I record each exposure because I want to match the SBR in front of me with the film, developer, and the printing process within a narrow usable contrast range (and shadow detail). And I am not exactly consistent with the type of film, developer, process formulas, and how I approach an image. Every set of images are an experiment. Right now I am in the middle of a project/experiment/love where I am making 4x5 negatives up Redwood Creek on Kodak Pro Copy Film developed in PyrocatHD...eventually for small intimate carbon prints. Part of and a slight departure from a longer continuing photographing of the light of Redwood Creek and the redwoods in general.

    So notes are invaluable to me, so that I can repeat something that I actually get right.
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    Re: Where do y'all record your photo data ?

    I used to record film exposure data but haven't done so for years. Why?
    It turned out that all my film exposures were the same, namely full exposure, arrived at by a spot metering protocol that never much varied leading to Zone placements that were essentially the same: deep shadows on III and highest values on VIII or thereabouts.

    Film development was always normal and the N+ and N- adjustments I used to do were replaced by just going up and down grades on modern variable contrast paper.

    On the other hand I keep detailed photo notes for every print I make. The notes go with the negatives and prints in the same archival storage box.
    Here is an example for photograph #14:

    Photography:first utterance. Sir John Herschel, 14 March 1839 at the Royal Society. "...Photography or the application of the Chemical rays of light to the purpose of pictorial representation,..".

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    Re: Where do y'all record your photo data ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fred L View Post
    this is the one I was looking at. has lots of fields to populate, and can be transferred to neg sleeve etc...

    https://www.analogbook.com/shop/large-format-set/
    It looks like those are the same sold at B&H. I have them.
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/S...6/N/4294255798

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    Re: Where do y'all record your photo data ?

    For me it’s now Film Shots an app for a smartphone or something on a computer, before that just notebooks. And they are all lost.

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    Re: Where do y'all record your photo data ?

    3x5 card filled out during capture on one side - then development info on the back. I number them and put then in a 3x5 card box. The negs get the number in the 4x4x5 binder or 5x12 plastic cover. I suppose one day I could put it all in a database.

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    Re: Where do y'all record your photo data ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Klein View Post
    It looks like those are the same sold at B&H. I have them.
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/S...6/N/4294255798

    oh I never thought to look here. Huge price difference and can piggyback on another order for that free shipping deal !
    notch codes ? I only use one film...

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    Re: Where do y'all record your photo data ?

    Lately I've been using my cellphone or digital P&S camera to record voice descriptions of settings and other details. Then transcribing them to note paper when I get home. I can also snap a shot or use the video to record the same shot I am taking with the film camera. Since I scan my film, I can keep the note and still/videos in the same computer folder as the film scans for future reference.

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    Re: Where do y'all record your photo data ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Klein View Post
    It looks like those are the same sold at B&H. I have them.
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/S...6/N/4294255798
    thanks Alan,

    Do you find them useful vs just making notes in a regular notebook ? I think I NEED discrete fields cuz I sometimes forget to note stuff and something already formatted will keep me from forgetting.
    notch codes ? I only use one film...

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