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Photographic Lighting: Essential Skills, 3rd Edition by Mark Galer, John Child

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the zone system

Mark Galer

essential skills

~     Control the resulting tonal range of a black and white image using black and white film.

~     Learn to previsualise the printed image when viewing a scene.

~     Test the exposure index of the film you are using.

~     Test the accuracy of the development you are using.

~     Create images exposing for the shadows and processing for the highlights.

Introduction

The zone system is a technique of careful metering, exposure, processing and printing designed to give maximum control over the resulting tonal values of a black and white image that has been captured using black and white film. It is an appropriate technique to use on location where the ambient light cannot be altered to suit the ...

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