Photographer Notebooks for Conveniently Recording Your Film Photos’ Metadata


Digital cameras naturally present us with a number of advantages, among them the oft-overlooked inclusion of detailed information about how (and often where) the photographs we captured, otherwise known as metadata.

Analog shooters don’t have this luxury. We usually resort to either forgoing it completely, scratching down notes with whatever pen and paper we have handy, or utilizing an application created for this purpose. That’s where a new notebook designed by Ilott Vintage comes in.

It’s called the Photographer’s Notebook, and it will probably make your ‘to buy’ list if you’re a frequent film photographer.


These blue, pocket-sized notebooks contain a total of 32 pages, each with a photography-specific outline on the inside. They offer fields to document the date, film speed, lighting conditions, aperture, shutter speed, light value (LV), and also the subject for rolls of film in 12, 24, and 36 exposure varieties.

Also included is a conveniently placed table of LVs and summary of key lighting conditions in the back of the notebook.


A two-pack of these notebooks will set you back $12, which isn’t cheap, but some of you analog junkies might find them a worthwhile investment.

(via Reddit)

  • Mark Brown

    I’m in the “forgetting it completely” camp. :-)

  • OtterMatt

    If I ever get my wish and pick up a used MF film cam, I’m absolutely picking up a few of these.

  • Future is Now

    Hard to see the value. A little effort with a spreadsheet program and printer will produce equally useful record sheets that can be folded into booklet form for such a purpose. Of course keeping this information with your negatives and contact sheets will be a bit of a …..

  • Stan B.

    Cool! Completely unnecessary- but cool…

  • Ralph Hightower

    I use the Android app EXIF4Film to record EXIF info when I’m shooting film. But this could come in handy when I’m at an event where smartphones aren’t allowed.

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  • Jim Holmes

    It isn’t ‘analog’…, it is FILM. Analog is what the cat Ana buries in the catbox.

  • Markus WET

    EXIF4Film is a fantastic app and the desktop implementation is also easy to use and best of all: it just works! :)

    But what do you mean with “event where smartphones aren’t allowed”?

  • Markus WET

    Try the app “EXIF4Film”. I use it alongside my RZ67 and F5 and I am completely happy with it. No need to drag pen & notebook along anymore!

  • Ralph Hightower

    Smartphones aren’t allowed at the Masters Golf Tournament even during the practice rounds.

  • ajfudge

    Why not just create your own template and print them as many as you’d need then bind them?