Saturday, March 1, 2014

Analogbook - A Set of Specially Designed Notebooks for Film Photographers

Analogbook is a set of specially designed notebooks made specifically for artists and photographers who shoot film & print in the darkroom. It is a Kickstarter project started by London, UK based artist Andrew Ranville. Analogbook - a combination of the words "Analog" and "Logbook", they are a useful resource and celebration for all of those choosing to shoot film.

Each Analogbook features a template to record a comprehensive set of photographic data (f-stop, shutter speed, time, location, film ISO, camera/lens, and much, much more), and several blank pages in the back for additional notes or sketches.
"As an artist who regularly uses the photographic medium, I was looking for a way to more accurately record my process. I love gathering data, looking back on notes from each exploration and each snap of the shutter. After a summer of shooting photographs for an upcoming exhibition, I noticed my standard notebook was filled with small scribbled logs of f-stops, shutter speeds, times of day, and more. Opening up my film folders I found countless sheets of paper with exposure and color correction notes. There had to be a better way to gather and store this information. There had to be a way to make this information more tangible, more valuable to my process and arts practice as a whole. Unfortunately I couldn't find an existing system that offered this, so I decided to design and make it myself, with the input of Kickstarter backers." - says Ranville.
The Analogbook system is simple and straightforward. There are three small notebooks for each common film format: 135 (35mm film format), medium (120 roll film, 6x4.5, square 6x6, 6x7, 6x9, etc), and large (sheet film, 4x5, 5x7, 8x10, etc). There is a larger notebook for traditional darkroom printing.

For anyone regularly employing analog photography and traditional darkroom printing, or just exploring it for the first time, Analogbooks provide the ability to easily record every piece of relevant photographic data. Head over to the Analogbook's Kickstarter project to find out more or make your pledge.

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