There is a Fred Picker Zone VI field data guide (notebook) on ebay now.
What a good idea. I think I'll go put one in there. Oh wait, maybe I do have one but I guess I don't use it. Oh well.
Interesting thread, in that so many people have responded in so many ways, ranging from guilt to almost religious testifying to the use. I would think that it is a personality thing. I also carry a 5x7 notepad in my kit with the best intensions of using it as described. In reality one pad has lasted several years. I have jotted notes when I discovered that a lens needed tightening on a Sinar board or cleaning, that I needed to carry an extra tool in the kit or car. I have written down that I needed to purchase more supplies or go back to such and such location at a different time of day or with different lighting conditions. I have even exchanged addresses and phone numbers with delightful people I have met. I donít remember ever writing down what was supposed to be there.
I was in sales for forty years and I was told that sales people were always bad with paper work. It was as good an excuse as I needed to avoid call reports as long as I was over quota and could get away with it. I have photographed with a lovely lady who is an accountant. She comes by this documentation thing naturally and I think it works for her. I know a person who makes elaborate detailed notes who consistently takes lousy pictures. He collects all sorts of equipment, but rarely does the grunt work to learn how to use it. His worst pictures are blamed on the models. Another fellow mysteriously takes out a Palm Pilot and jots down things all the time. I donít know if he uses it for this. My step son, an author in his thirties uses one of the moleskin booklets that is his "life". He has used this since I met him when he was 13 and it seems to work very well for him. If it works for you, God Bless. I am always too busy taking pictures and forget.
Originally Posted by mikebarger
Originally Posted by Ira Rush
Originally Posted by mikebarger
Thanks for the heads up re: the "Lil Red Notebook"....
Took a look at it... OK... but I think I'll stick with the one I don't use 90% of the time
Now I can sleep at night
Once again, thanks
I use a little recorder in the field. No tapes, but one with a chip. Small, about the size of a large pack of gum.
Originally Posted by Hamster
Yes, exposure information gets entered, but a lot more. Things like weather, what the scene looks like, what I think the print might look like. Observations, like perhaps photographing at another time, another angle, how I felt about the picture, etc. I then TRY and write down in my book what my field notes were. I say try because sometimes it is alot of work.
I am going to try and use the PDA to make a file to download to the PC so I have it that way.
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I have the Picker little red book, moleskins and a host of other notebooks and pens but I rarely used them - through pure laziness! Then I bought one of those adaptors that converts my iPod to a voice recorder. It works well for me.
I often go out to look for photo ops, (because, for me anyway,there's nothing worse than just "going out to take photographs" without any idea what I'm looking for.) I take the GPS and the iPod and as I spot possibilities I make "notes". This way I build a book of things to be done, and can also work out what time of day, what season, even what weather conditions etc makes the most sense for that subject.
Been out of operation for the past year, so I've had to content myself with building a "To-Do Portfolio" This seems to work well for me.
"Why is there always a better way?"
Originally Posted by JBrunner
Rite in the Rain.
I use notebooks for my LF stuff and have for MF and 35 mm, but usually on these formats only for IR. I also write developing information in them. Something that I do for LF is write down the dates I've loaded my holders and what type of film is loaded in them.
I do not use any digital camera, so I do not need it. I show photograpgs only. Not LCD. http://www.apug.org/forums/images/sm...on_biggrin.gif
I do have a compact, but since I have my mechanical SLR I don't trust that little thing anymore.
Originally Posted by email@example.com
I don't have a notebook for my photography, but I should.