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The Visual Toolbox: 60 Lessons for Stronger Photographs by David duChemin

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Lesson 4. Exposure: The Zone System

I’ve already asked you to consider using your camera on Manual mode for your exposures. Trust me when I tell you that it will make you better at what you do. Now make the best exposures possible. There are two different approaches to this, and I think it helps to understand both. The first applies to the digital photographer shooting JPG or to the film photographer. This is an older way of doing things but the longer I photograph, the more I refer back to it. There are times when knowing how to expose in this way is just the simplest and most accurate.

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Canon 1Ds Mk III, 16mm, 4 seconds @ f/20, ISO 100, Iceland, ...

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