Planning and Documenting your Killer Pictures for 2012

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Even though lomography is all about improvising and shooting from the hip, it can never hurt to think ahead a bit, and plan for some killer shorts in 2012. Here's how I'm doing it.

Credits: stratski

Make a list of events
As the saying goes: “regeren is vooruitzien” (to rule is to look ahead). So I’ve made a list of major photographic events: planned holidays, daytrips, festivals, world pinhole day, anything that might provide cool pictures. Modern folks might upload all that information into a calendar app on of those fancy smart phone thingies (you could even set reminders a month, week or day ahead), but I use a plain old paper diary. The kind with one day on evey page, so I have plenty of writing space.

Credits: stratski

Plan ahead
Just knowing an event is coming up is one thing. You might do yourself a favour by actually planning ahead. What camera or camera’s will you take? What film? I find it relaxing to know beforehand what I will take on a trip, in stead of stressing out at the last minute about camera stuff while my nr. 1 guy is tapping his foot impatiently, telling me to get a move on. Take plenty of time for this. You might want to order in fresh rolls of film, for instance, and that takes time.

Credits: stratski

Write it down
If, like me, you have the memory of an ageing gold fish, better write things down. In my diary, for every event I write down what camera and film I plan on using, and what other gear I’ll be needing (tripod, cable release etc.). This way I won’t stress myself out by trying to think of what I had thought up before.

Credits: stratski

Since I own about twenty (working) camera’s, and have that crappy memory, I tend to forget if a camera is loaded with film, and with what film, and what I shot before. After finishing a roll, I often wait a while before processing (it’s easier to process multiple films at a time), and forget in what camera I used the roll, what is on it, etc.
The solution: every time I load a film into a camera, I write down the following:

  • the camera
  • the film
  • the date.
  • any noteworthy recognisable shots (“Birthday mom”, “Zoo”), plus the date
  • when I finish the roll
  • when I develop it (plus details about chemicals and developing times)

This helps me keep track of what is what when scanning my negatives and filling in the meta data on lomography.com. I actually have a separate notebook for my film administration, but for 2012, I’m thinking of integrating it into my events diary. After all, the less paper, the better.

Credits: stratski

It may all sound a bit anally retentive, but after a few hundred pictures, it can save a lot of headaches to have your administration in order.

written by stratski on 2012-02-01 in #gear #tipster #documenting #planning #tipster #plan #look-ahead

9 Comments

  1. jeffr
    jeffr ·

    great tips! i totally agree with you about planning what cameras/film/accessories to bring to events - less stress

  2. tikismeekis
    tikismeekis ·

    I also keep a list on camera/film. The only problem is that I'm constantly misplacing the list... ^_^

  3. anafaro
    anafaro ·

    This has actually been one of my new years resolution... :) I also think if you can really keep track of what and when you shoot certain films, you can learn faster.

  4. kneehigh85
    kneehigh85 ·

    Woah super organised!

  5. jojo8785
    jojo8785 ·

    I really need to be doing this...

  6. mikeydavies
    mikeydavies ·

    this is sick! :)

  7. stipley
    stipley ·

    Yeah. I really need to do something like this! Great tip :)

  8. paintmeorange
    paintmeorange ·

    nice tips!:), will do :)

  9. hail90
    hail90 ·

    I wish i was this organised! And now i plan to be! I am always lugging my 4 cameras around in my bag (my poor shoulder) and i always stress i dont have the right films. My biggest pet peeve is my ageing goldfish memory too! I can never remember what film or camera! :( Thank you!!

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