Developed by legendary photographer Ansel Adams
Buffalo, NY (PRWEB) October 21, 2008
Dr. Glenn Rand is a professor at Brooks Institute of Photography which is recognized as the top photography school in the country. Having successfully authored three prior books on photography, this instructional photography book is reader-friendly and highly illustrative with 125+ images. With 25 years teaching photography, who better to author?
The Zone System offers a way to capture the photographer's impression of the world and tell someone else what is seen in the most beautiful visual language: the language of black & white photography.
"Developed by legendary photographer Ansel Adams", the Zone System looks at photography from the end of the process, concentrating on what the viewer of the finished photograph will see, rather that just the vision of the photographer at the time the image is created. Putting consideration of the print at the beginning of the process means that the end of the communication process is as important as finding the subject for the photograph. This idea is known as 'Previsualization'.
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The Zone System is more than just previsualization, though. It is a systematic approach that integrates knowledge of light, exposure, development, printmaking. While it seems a complicated way to work, it is quite manageable and provides the ultimate in control. Each of these steps is detailed in this book, providing step-by-step instructions for implementing each phase in a film or digital workflow.
The first step is metering and exposure. Whether shooting digital or film, this topic is covered in detail, helping to ensure better accuracy and more successful 'raw materials' to be used in the later stages of the system.
After the shoot, film photographers will learn to control the contrast of their images in development. Digital photographers will discover how similar controls can be applied in post production using image-editing software.
The final step is printmaking. For film photographers, this involves burning, dodging, exposing the photographic paper, and print development; all stages at which the tones in the image can be refined and perfected. For digital photographers, techniques are provided for dodging, burning, controlling tonality, and making fine-art digital prints on an inkjet printing (or at their favorite photographic lab).
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