The Practical Zone System, 4th Edition

Book description

The Practical Zone System: for Film and Digital Photography 4th edition is an updated version of what has become the classic book on the technique developed by Ansel Adams in the 1940's. The zone system was designed to provide photographers with a precise and intuitive way to control the dynamic range of their negatives to produce printable results regardless of the contrast of the subjects they are shooting.

What Chris Johnson has done in this new edition is completely update his approach to teaching the zone system with new film/developer testing data and new illustrations and examples.

Most importantly, he has added an extensive new chapter that provides a detailed explanation for how the zone system's conceptual approach and terminology can help digital photographers achieve the highest possible quality from digital image processes. The emphasis is on subjects that include: optimizing digital camera exposure, color management and a fine printing workflow.

Other important updates include:
* Workflow for fine digital printing
* Contemporary images
* Updated film/developer test data
* New film/developer tests
* Updated Appendixes

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Full Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. Preface to the Fourth Edition
  7. How to Read this Book
  8. Acknowledgments
  9. Chapter 1 “Will It Come Out?”
    1. Introduction
  10. Chapter 2 Print Quality and Negative Contrast
    1. Subject Contrast and Photographic Papers
    2. The Procrustean Bed of Modern Photographic Papers
    3. Working with Problem Negatives
    4. Summary
  11. Chapter 3 The Control of Negative Contrast
    1. Expose for the Shadows
    2. Develop for the Highlights
    3. Normal Development
    4. Summary
  12. Chapter 4 The Zone
    1. Print Values
    2. Texture and Detail
    3. The Zones
    4. Previsualization
    5. Measuring Zones
    6. Summary
  13. Chapter 5 Exposure
    1. Light Measurement
    2. Exposure Recommendations
    3. The Meter's Dilemma
    4. Exercise: How Light Meters Really Work
    5. Exposure Plan
    6. Exposure Placement Demonstration with Polaroid Films
    7. Exposure Detailed
    8. Place and Fall
    9. Summary
  14. Chapter 6 Development
    1. Measuring Subject Contrast with In-Camera Meters
    2. Normal Plus Development
    3. Normal Minus Development
  15. Chapter 7 An Overview of the Zone System
    1. Expose for the Shadows and Develop for the Highlights
    2. Zone System Frequently Asked Questions
  16. Chapter 8 Zone System Testing: Method 1
    1. Introduction
    2. Choosing a Photographic Paper
    3. The Use of Equivalent ASA Numbers
    4. Zone System Testing: Method 1
    5. Exposure Plan A For Roll Film
    6. Exposure Plan B for Sheet Film
    7. Expansion and Contraction
  17. Chapter 9 Zone System Testing: Method 2
    1. About the Development Time Charts
    2. Development Time Charts
    3. Film and Developer: Questions and Answers
  18. Chapter 10 The Zone System and Digital Photography
    1. Introduction
    2. A Word about Structure and Understanding
    3. Digital and Film Photography
    4. Pixels: Size, Quality, Resolution and Bit Depth
    5. The Scanning Process
    6. Summary
    7. Bit Depth and Digital Exposure: Exposing for the Highlights
    8. A Summary of Digital Exposure Effects
    9. The Zone System and Digital Contrast Control
    10. Summary of Digital Photography Cardinal Rules
  19. Appendix A Color Management, Profiles and Color Spaces
  20. Appendix B What is a Pixel?
  21. Appendix C Bit Depth
  22. Appendix D Exposure and the Digital Linear Effect
  23. Appendix E Films, Developers, and Processing
  24. Appendix F The Practical Zone System Film/Developer Testing Method
  25. Appendix G Film and Developer Commentary by Iris Davis
  26. Appendix H Alternative Methods for Extreme Expansion and Contraction Development
  27. Appendix I Contrast Control with Paper Grades
  28. Appendix J Developer Dilution
  29. Appendix K Compensating Developers
  30. Appendix L Inspection Development
  31. Appendix M Condenser and Diffusion Enlargers
  32. Appendix N ASA/ISO Numbers
  33. Appendix O Filter Factors, The Reciprocity Effect, and Bellows Extension Factors
  34. Appendix P A Compensation Method for Inaccurate Meters
  35. Appendix Q Zone System Metering Form
  36. Appendix R Exposure Record and Checklist For Zone System Testing
  37. Appendix S Suggested Reading
  38. Appendix T A Brief Directory of On-Line Digital and Photography-Related Resources
  39. Appendix U Examples: Zone System Applications
  40. A Primer on Basic Film Photography
  41. A Brief Glossary of Zone System and Digital Terminology
  42. Index

Product information

  • Title: The Practical Zone System, 4th Edition
  • Author(s):
  • Release date: September 2006
  • Publisher(s): Focal Press
  • ISBN: 9781136093098