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PhotoMemo FAQ


Q: So, PhotoMemo is a notebook?

A: Yes! It's a notebook, specifically designed for photographers who shoot film, but any photographer who wants to put pen to paper to take notes can use it all the same.

Q: Is it preformatted, or are the pages blank?

A: It is preformatted. Each two-page spread is laid out as a roll journal, but you can also keep a log of tech data for every exposure, if you want. The goal was to make it usable as one, or the other, a combination of both, or neither--you can make it your own. The ink color is a balance of being dark enough to read, but light enough to be unobtrusive of your notes and sketches. Here's an example of a spread:

PhotoMemo Spread

 

Q: Isn't there a smartphone app that does this?

A: Yes--there are a few, and by all accounts they do what they do fairly well. This is for folks that like putting pen (or pencil) to paper. Just your thoughts, a writing utensil and some paper, with nothing else to distract your thoughts. No need to stare at a screen, type on 2-inch keyboard, charge a battery, and there's no monthly data plan.

PhotoMemo by ShootFilmCo

Q: What's the paper like?

A: The cover is 100 lb. NEENAH Environment Desert Storm. It's a thick, smooth, writable stock, a bit thicker than an average business card. I chose it as a balance between thickness, weight, and sturdiness. The inside pages are 60 lb. Finch Opaque Smooth. Again, a balance between thickness, weight and sturdiness. 60 lb. paper is a tiny bit thicker than the 20lb. bond you'd find in an office printer or copy machine. It's also a bit more opaque so the writing won't bleed through nearly as much as it would on 20lb. The biggest factor in choosing this stock is because of it's great feel when writing on it.

Q: Are there any reviews, features, or opinions on PhotoMemo in the media?

A: Yes! Here's a growing list:

PhotoMemo Reviews in the Media

Matt Day's Video Review

Daniel Schneider: PhotoMemo is the (film) photographer’s notebook you’re looking for

35MMC: PhotoMemo Books – from Mike Padua’s ShootFilmCo

Alex Luyckx: Photo Notebook Show Down

EMULSIVE: Introducing the PhotoMemo from Mike Padua and Shoot Film Co.

CasualPhotophile: 10 Holiday Gifts for Photo Geeks

FSTOPPERS: Photomemo: A Simple Tool For Film Photographers to Log Their Exposures

PETAPIXEL: PhotoMemo: Simple Memo Books for Film Photographers

Popular Photography: The PhotoMemo Notebook Is Made Specifically For Film Photographers

The Phoblographer: PhotoMemo Effectively Organizes Your Film Exposures Data Logging With Style

Richard Pickup: Photomemo notebook: the photographer's friend

Utah Film Photography: PhotoMemo Photographer’s Memo Book

In Dutch: http://www.digifotopro.nl/content/photomemo-speciaal-voor-de-analoog-fotograaf

General Information: Current version "Standard Edition Ver 1.01" Released February 28th, 2017.

Changelog:

- Added "Book Number" field on front cover

-Added index page

- Added page numbers

-Heading line thickness adjusted for visibility/legibility