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Caption Notebooks

Ok, so in order to successfully coexist with fellow photographers in my current project, it occured to me that we are in desperate need of caption books/notebooks. They should contain at least a place for date and be lined. Spot for location and phone number is an added benefit.

I know that the slim and lined reporters notebooks and the moleskin books work well for many (myself included), however, I am looking for something more sophisticated

I know that National Geographic equips there photogs with a small spiral bound notebook with pressure sensitive copy paper and places to put the date and location (they are the most commonly forgotten info, therefore the most desired).

If anyone knows of a contact for supply or a brand name to find some of the items in question, contact me.



by Wendy Galietta at 2006-07-20 20:00:36 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Washington, DC , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

REI has some notebooks that are made from waterproof paper. I love them and they’re a permanant fixture in my camera bag. Plus, there’s nothing like getting info in a person’s own handwriting.

by Tommy Huynh | 21 Jul 2006 04:07 | San Antonio, United States | | Report spam→
There’s also one of those same waterproof notebooks designed for photographers, although it’s hard to see what the exact headings are. Do a google on “rite in the rain photo” or look here:


or here:


by PJ Heller | 21 Jul 2006 08:07 | Santa Barbara, CA, United States | | Report spam→
Wow this is fantastic stuff! So have you guys actually
used the waterproof books? And do you have to get the
special pens to go with them? I am always looking for
stuff that doesn’t leak either in cold wet or hot wet.
So are the pages really mulch proof?

by lisa hogben | 21 Jul 2006 10:07 | Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→
I go here. They are cheaper, but not waterproof. I don’t like to write much underwater.


by Morgan Hagar | 21 Jul 2006 18:07 | Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
OK, here’s one more (plain paper) but same size as the portage


by PJ Heller | 21 Jul 2006 19:07 | Santa Barbara, CA, United States | | Report spam→
I have used a weatherproof notepad that I got from a military convention. It uses a pencil instead of a pen. I believe it is made by riteinrain.com. Chears, Evan

by Evan Sisley | 22 Jul 2006 05:07 | Washington D.C., United States | | Report spam→
I’ve tried the ones made for photographers but i like the blank ones better so you can make your own fields as opposed to try and fit your info into the pre-made ones.

You don’t have to write underwater for it to come in handy, the number of times I’ve needed them in rain, et, and very humid environments justify getting getting one. Use any waterproof pen, anything else that runs kind of makes the idea of using waterproof paper pointless.

by Tommy Huynh | 22 Jul 2006 19:07 | San Antonio, United States | | Report spam→
WATERPROOF is NOT a requirement, at all. (btw, it is true, pencils are waterproof!) I trust the photographers that are working on the project to care for their materials and equipment.

What I am looking for is more along the lines of a notebook with spaces to enter information.

Some of the photographers and photojs are new at this, and I think that it will help them to collect ALL of the required info. Some of them have not gone to formal photoj-type school, (or even a workshop) and forget one or two things to collect.

-Wendy Galietta

by Wendy Galietta | 24 Jul 2006 14:07 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
I’ve been using the Portage books for years. I don’t have problems writing in the rain, I have problems with the book getting wet like when I cover some event in the rain. So I use waterproof ink pens – Uniball Vision pens. Even if the book gets wet I can still read my notes.

by Jonathan Castner | 24 Jul 2006 15:07 | Denver, United States | | Report spam→

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Wendy Galietta, Photojournalist Wendy Galietta
Washington, Dc , United States
Tommy Huynh, Travel & Corporate Photog Tommy Huynh
Travel & Corporate Photog
Houston , United States
PJ Heller, Freelance Photojournalist PJ Heller
Freelance Photojournalist
(Freelance Photojournalist)
Southern California , United States ( SBA )
lisa hogben, Visualjournalist! lisa hogben
Sydney , Australia
Morgan Hagar, Documentary Photographer Morgan Hagar
Documentary Photographer
Los Angeles, Ca , United States
Evan Sisley, Photojournalist Evan Sisley
Bowling Green Ky , United States
Jonathan Castner, Photojournalist Jonathan Castner
Denver , United States


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