The Practical Zone System for Film and Digital Photography: Classic Tool, Universal Applications / Edition 5

The Practical Zone System for Film and Digital Photography: Classic Tool, Universal Applications / Edition 5

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by Chris Johnson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0240817028

ISBN-13: 9780240817026

Pub. Date: 01/27/2012

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

In this fifth edition of The Practical Zone System, Chris Johnson updates his classic manual on Ansel Adams's landmark technique for the digital age. Whether you are a beginning, large-format, or professional photographer; whether you work with digital or film; and whether you shoot in black and white or color, the simple visual language called

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In this fifth edition of The Practical Zone System, Chris Johnson updates his classic manual on Ansel Adams's landmark technique for the digital age. Whether you are a beginning, large-format, or professional photographer; whether you work with digital or film; and whether you shoot in black and white or color, the simple visual language called Previsualization will help you to control contrast in order to create beautiful photographs.

Entirely new to this edition is a chapter applying Zone System concepts to studio photography. Using Bill Brant's "Nude, Campden Hill London, 1949, May" (cover image) as an inspiration, Johnson demonstrates how the Zone System, traditionally considered to be a methodology limited to the uses of films and developers, is actually a universal visual and conceptual language that dramatically simplifies the problem of creating and rendering complex studio lighting setups.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780240817026
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/27/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
374
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Fifth Edition

How to Read this Book

Acknowledgements

Chapter 1 "Will It Come Out?"

Chapter 2 Print Quality and Negative Contrast

Chapter 3 The Control of Negative Contrast

Chapter 4 The Zone

Chapter 5 Exposure

Chapter 6 Development

Chapter 7 An Overview of the Zone System

Chapter 8 Zone System Testing: Method 1

Chapter 9 Zone System Testing: Method 2

Chapter 10 The Zone System and Digital Photography

Appendix A Color Management, Profiles and Color Spaces

Appendix B A Primer on Studio Lighting Photography

Appendix C What is a Pixel?

Appendix D Bit Depth

Appendix E Exposure and the Digital Linear Effect

Appendix F Digital Light Meters and the Zone System

Appendix G Films, Developers, and Processing

Appendix H The Practical Zone System Film/Developer Testing Method

Appendix I Film and Developer Commentary by Iris Davis

Appendix J Alternative Methods for Extreme Expansion and Contraction Development

Appendix K Contrast Control with Paper Grades

Appendix L Developer Dilution

Appendix M Compensating Developers

Appendix N Inspection Development

Appendix O Condenser and Diffusion Enlargers

Appendix P ASA/ISO Numbers

Appendix Q Filter Factors, The Reciprocity Effect, and Bellows Extension Factors

Appendix R A Compensation Method for Inaccurate Meters

Appendix S Zone System Metering Form

Appendix T Exposure Record and Checklist For Zone System Testing

Appendix U Suggested Reading

Appendix V A Brief Directory of On-Line Digital and Photography-Related Resources

Appendix W Examples: Zone System Applications

A Primer on Basic Film Photography

A Brief Glossary of Zone System and Digital Terminology

Index

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terpscihore More than 1 year ago
I am so happy I found this book. Johnson explains and illustrates the zone system and how it works. For the neophyte it is simple enough to understand then carry this information to helping make better photographs. Many of us have never used or have little used film, and then possibly only in point and shoot cameras. While digital cameras do a lot of heavy lifting there is much to be gained by understanding the zone system. If you are interested in improving and understanding your photographic process, then this book is one you’ll want to have!