Chapter 7The Digital Zone System and High Dynamic Range Imagery

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• Ansel Adams’ Zone System was analog High Dynamic Range imagery (HDR).

• HDR is an extreme version of ETTR.

Controversial statements? We’ll see. Over the course of this chapter we’ll look at why I believe those statements to be true and at how the DZS can be incorporated into an HDR workflow. Perhaps by the end of the chapter you’ll agree that these two statements are true as well.

Adams’ Zone System is a method for controlling dynamic range and contrast in negatives and prints. Because he understood the medium he was working with and the characteristics of each film, he could carefully ...

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