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Basic Photographic Materials and Processes, 3rd Edition by Nanette L. Salvaggio

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Chapter 6

Tone Reproduction

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Photograph by Robert Weber, student, Rochester Institute of Technology

 

Purposes of Tone Reproduction

Except where the photographer is creating a photograph that bears no resemblance to an original subject, it is important to study the relationship between the tones in the original scene and the corresponding tones in the reproduction. Thus, by studying the factors influencing the reproduction of tone, the photographer can learn how to control the process to give the desired results.

Chapter 4 showed how the tone-recording properties of films and papers can be described through the use of the characteristic curve. ...

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