software for palm pilots etc..... : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

i would like to know if anyone has tried any of the free software you can download into your palm pilot or similar device. what i am particularly interested in things that will help with large format photography. dof, exposure corrections for extensions and some of the tilt and shift computations. would also be nice it you could use it to log and track exposures.


-- tom bowen (, October 31, 2000


I've been using Photo Logger for several months, and I think it's really neat. The program allows you to store a number of camera and lens characteristics as well as types of film with reciprocity tables. For each shot you can then enter a description of the shot, the film holder number, specify the "settings" (camera, lens, film, filters, bellows extension), enter the holder number, and the meter- calculated aperture and exposure time. The program re-calculates exposure time, taking into account bellows factor, filter factors, and any reciprocity correction for the specified film. You can also record two EV readings and place them in zones (based on your exposure and planned development) and it will calculate the zone in which up to five additional readings will fall. You can also enter notes (e.g., development plan). At your request, the program logs all of this information as a memo in a special folder, which, of course, you can hotsynch into your PC. You can add additional notes (e.g., on development, printing, etc) later. The software is not free, but quite cheap (about $15). I think it's a great deal, as it has most everything I need and is easy to use.

I also have Vade Mecum, but I don't use it much. It is basically a collection of optical equations that are not particularly useful in my own photography. Others may find it useful, however, and it's free.

-- Chris Patti (, November 01, 2000.

Where do you get Photo Logger?

-- J.L. Kennedy (, November 01, 2000.

I use both Vade Mecum and Pcam. Vade Mecum isn't a particularly pretty program, but it can provide very useful information it certain circumstances. For a difficult shot it nice to calculate it's viability via tilts or using depth of field rather than fiddle with the camera for a half hour, expend several Polaroids and still find out you can't do the shot you desired. Pcam has a wonderful interface, and is useful for calculating depth of field, and field of view for various lenses and film formats.

-- Larry Huppert (, November 01, 2000.

It isn't free - in fact it's somewhat expensive - but The View Camera Store (formerly Darkroom Innovations) sells the Phil Davis photography program for the Palm Pilot. This is, IMHO, a terrific program for large format photographers. Among other things, it provides you with the proper exposure (after you've keyed in your high and low zone meter readings and desired zones and selected the desired aperture or shutter speed), or if you use an incident meter you can key in the meter readings from it, it allows you to coordinate the exposure with the contrast of the paper on which you plan to make the print, it automatically includes in the exposure calculation things like bellows factors and filter factors, it functions as a timer, it keeps a complete record of each photograph for later print out, it will check depth of field if you desire or, alternatively, will provide you with the required aperture for a desired depth of field, and probably some other things I'm forgetting. I've used it for years and fine it very useful. It's important to note, however, that you have to make the decisions and provide it with numbers. Apart from its record keeping and timer functions, it just makes calculations quicker and easier than you're likely to be able to make them, freeing you up to concentrate on the photograph rather than on math.

-- Brian Ellis (, November 01, 2000.

It's to0 bad Ansel Adams, Brett Weston, Edward Weston and so many others didn't have a palm pilot so we could have seen some really good work from them.

-- Dan Smith (, November 02, 2000.

You may want to consider a TI89 and just load the programs yourself! There is a section called numeric solver, enter the equation with any variables you want, then just enter the values for the variables you want, you can leave anyone blank and solve for it...WITHOUT re writing the equation!!! has a big screen so you can see everything at once.... The formulas area all readily available... I never leave home without mine....

-- Bill Glickman (, November 02, 2000.

You can find PhotoLog at By the way, although Ansel Adams did not have access to a Palm, I have little doubt that, were he around today, he'd use one. He seems to have been a bit of a "gearhead" and not one to scorn the latest technology. I recall that in one of his books he predicts that the next big thing in photography will be digital and that he looked forward to it. The Westons, of course, are a different matter.

-- Chris Patti (, November 02, 2000.

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