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    Quote Originally Posted by zackesch View Post
    ...what information should be recorded. What im thinking of is film make and ISO, body, lens, f/stop and shutter speed. At the end of the list for that roll of film, I would like to keep record of what dev, stop and fixer was used along with time and temp.
    You're referring to two different things here, exposure journal and development journal. To the exp journal notes I would add:

    1) film rating if different from box speed.

    2) meticulous notes re: a) precisely which subjects in the composition were metered (preferrably spot metered), b) their meter reading and c) if any + or - compensation was applied. This really gets to the heart of the matter when it comes to an exp journal. Center weighted and matrix metering won't give you sufficient control/feedback to yield consistent results. Consistency is the name of the game, eh?

    3) filter, if any.

    4) any other miscellaneous notes that might interest you to determine what went right/wrong w/ various aspects (sharpness, etc.) of an image, e.g. use of tripod, cable release, flash info, mirror-lock, etc.

    Create your own Excel spreadsheet. The journal-keeping is largely neglected but extremely helpful.

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    I';ve made my own, including most pertinent information, in Excel format. It has pages for film exposure, Digital, development, and printing. It includes some notes for reference. I can send it to you, if you'd like.

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    I am not anti-digital. I am pro-film.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zackesch View Post
    I would like to start an exposure journal, and work out a format but im having trouble on what information should be recorded. What im thinking of is film make and ISO, body, lens, f/stop and shutter speed. At the end of the list for that roll of film, I would like to keep record of what dev, stop and fixer was used along with time and temp.

    Are there any examples out there or is there any information that could be added?
    Why would you want to do this?

    “The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”

    Francis Bacon

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    Perhaps, like me, it is an accomodation to help with a bad memory.

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    Didn't Fred Picker sell some sort of notebook like that?

    I end up using just a blank sheet of paper per roll to take notes on -- I do the same thing per every 3 or 4 film holders for LF work. -- not everything is important every time, but the basics of each shot get recorded along with any ideas I have either in the field when taking the shot or developing or printing. I have always said that the items more photographers analog or digital need to have in their bags is a pencil and paper.
    * Just because your eyes are closed, doesn't mean the lights in the darkroom are off. *
    * When the film you put in the camera is worth more than the camera you put the film in... *
    * When I started using 8x10, it amazed me how many shots were close to the car. *

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    Cliveh, the reason I want to keep an exposure journal is to be used as a learning tool. I am VERY new to film photography, and this is my first time taking photography seriously.


    Dan, your form is what gave me the idea. Thanks!


    Brian, thanks for the link. I'm taking a close look at it.

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    I have separate little notebooks for exposure and developing. Beyond what was already mentioned, I sometimes use hyperfocal focusing, and I sometimes "hedge" by 1/2 stop or more from the markings on the lens, so I write down how I focused ( incl if set to infinity. ) Also, I'm usually trying to think about what I'll be doing to print, so I will make a note about what I intended for a highlight or a shadow area, and I almost always make a note about the thought process of my metering ( e.g. set at shadow +2, or highlight -1... )

    Like someone else said above, it probably depends on what you are trying to accomplish. I'm trying to do well with my exposure and the notes so far have been very helpful in homing in on what works for me. I probably don't need notes anymore for my F3 for hyperfocal because I've developed a very good sense of how much I can do, but I still don't have a handle on DOF on my folder and some older cameras so I'm hoping the notes will help.

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    I've recorded what I felt was pertinent info on 3x5 cards, but rather than bind them, I slip them into the ziplock bag (for each numbered holder) so when I get around to developing, etc. there is no problem matching notes to the shot.
    WYSIWYG - At least that's my goal.

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    After looking at the information and ideas that came in my direction, here is where I'm at. My goal for an exposure journal is to keep an accurate record that I can use for developing and printing. The data that I think will give me the information needed are: Film make and ISO, EI, date, roll, frame, body, exposure compensation, f stop and shutter speed. The only info that will be written every exposure will be: frame, date, f stop, shutter speed, exposure value, filter if used , EV compensation and notes if needed.

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