Put Your Notes in a Notebook!


In which our hero divulges the mad ramblings and rants about his craft. Or, put it in a notebook; that’s analogue, right?

Some of you may do this already. For those that don’t, however I’d like to bring to your attention your household notebook. I feel that it is, hands down, the single most important tool a photographer (analogue or otherwise, really) could have in his or her camera bag.

It doesn’t have to be fancy. It doesn’t have to be expensive. I turn to the old composition books of my college days. I have stacks and stacks of these things in storage as I acquired a degree in English Lit./Creative writing. I was a bit “particular” and if something didn’t work out plot-wise I’d retire the notebook. So, with dozens of these things with only a few pages used, I decided to remove the “bad” pages and re-purposed them for future writing endeavors.

This lovely yellow one I present you here is my photography notebook (which its title so aptly illustrates).

Here’s a few pages of the craziness contained there-in.

That last one is if you happen to have a Yashica 44a converted from 127 to 35mm.

I also have a small Moleskine that I keep notes in for shooting on the go or noting things down. Essentially, it’s the same as the other; however it’s much easier to stuff into my pocket. This page is a copy of the same Yashica 44a info as in the large notebook.

written by rrohe on 2011-09-13 #gear #tutorials #art #tipster #quickie-tipster #notebook-analogue-journal-composition-archive


  1. liliac
    liliac ·

    That's very useful for beginners.. i tried noting down the settings used for shooting my 1st ever roll so that i could manage to spot the do's and donts for my next roll, but then again, only half of the pictures came out, so at the end i could not even remember for which exact picture did each comment go. :) (eg. i used different settings for shots of the same view and only a single one came out presentable) Nevertheless i will keep on noting as you suggest, it can only get better with time :D

  2. kien85
    kien85 ·

    Nice one!

  3. kingt4
    kingt4 ·


  4. webo29
    webo29 ·

    If only I were this organised!

  5. romson
    romson ·

    Wise advice, thank you very much. The trouble is that I always forget to document my actions...

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