PRACTICAL ZONE SYSTEM

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This third edition of a photography classic is designed to make the Zone System accessible to beginning, large format, 35 mm, and commercial photographers. The Practical Zone System teaches you a simple visual language called Previsualization that allows you to control the contrast of your negatives and make beautiful prints regardless of what you are photographing.
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Overview

This third edition of a photography classic is designed to make the Zone System accessible to beginning, large format, 35 mm, and commercial photographers. The Practical Zone System teaches you a simple visual language called Previsualization that allows you to control the contrast of your negatives and make beautiful prints regardless of what you are photographing.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
California photographercollege teacher Johnson was a friend and follower of the late Ansel Adams, whose development of the ``zone system'' for black-and-white film exposure and processing was a major contribution to American photographic art. The author here undertakes instruction in that system without ``highly technical explanations that confuse.'' Clearly and logically, with illustrations and helpful diagrams, he tells how to ``pre-visualize'' a picture and explains zone system requirements of contrast control, using a zone scale of gray areas linking the subject to shutter-speed and exposure choices, and similar analysis of elements in a scene to be coordinated with later developing and printing. A basic photography primer and glossary of terms are appended for reference. This is a job well done, but as is perhaps inevitable, the subject remains complicated. (April)
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Makes the zone system for contrast control accessible to beginning, large format, 35 mm, and commercial photographers. Focus is on basic principles and applying the system in real life. A final section offers technical notes on b&w photos by seven well-known fine art photographers. Includes 13 technical appendices on films, papers, developers, equipment, and filters, as well as print and electronic sources for products. Also includes a 25-page primer on basic photography. This third edition incorporates information on new films and developers that have appeared since the last edition. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240517292
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
  • Publication date: 11/13/1990
  • Pages: 178

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 "Will It Come Out?" (An Introduction) 1
Ch. 2 Print Quality and Negative Contrast 6
Ch. 3 The Control of Negative Contrast 13
Ch. 4 The Zone 21
Ch. 5 Exposure 39
Ch. 6 Development 53
Ch. 7 An Overview of the Zone System 67
Ch. 8 Zone System Testing: Method 1 85
Ch. 9 Zone System Testing: Method 2 108
App. A Films, Developers, and Processing 118
App. B Alternative Methods for Extreme Expansion and Contraction Development 128
App. C Contrast Control with Paper Grades 129
App. D Developer Dilution 131
App. E Compensating Developers 132
App. F Condenser and Diffusion Enlargers 134
App. G ASA Numbers 135
App. H Filter Factors, the Reciprocity Effect, and Bellows Extension Factors 136
App. I A Compensation Method for Inaccurate Meters 138
App. J Inspection Development 138
App. K Exposure Record and Checklist for Zone System Testing 138
App. L Sources for Zones System-Related Products and Books 142
App. M A Brief Directory of On-Line Photography-Related Resources 144
App. N Examples: Zone System Applications 151
A Primer on Basic Photography 167
A Brief Glossary of Zone System Terminology 183
Index 187
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