A Simplified Zone System By: Norman Koren This tutorial on the Zone System, written by Norman Koren, will be of primarily interest to newcomers to photography who use negative film â€” either colour or B&W. Even experienced transparency users will find it of interest as a review of an often misunderstood topic. â€” Michael Reichmann Why Negatives? Most professionals work with color slides instead of negatives because clients demand them. Why then would a serious photographer choose to work with negatives? Introduction to The Zone System The first thing you need to know is that exposure meters are dumb, really dumb. Ansel Adams developed the zone system to cope with this situation. "Expose for the shadows; develop for the highlights." Ansel Adams used a view camera and developed each sheet film negative individually. We present a simplified zone system that will enable you to expose your image correctly most of the time. Zones The zone system begins with a zone chart. Proper Exposure Links
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homeA simplified zone system for making good exposuresA simplified Zone system for making good exposures by Norman Koren Modified May 26, 2010 This page presents a simplified version of Ansel Adams' Zone system, suitable for 35mm and medium format photography, color or black & white. If you are new to photography and still unclear on the basic concepts of exposure, Accurate Exposure with Your Meter from Eastman Kodak is a good introduction. Slides, negatives, and digital Back in the days when film ruled, most professional professionals worked with color slides instead of negatives because clients demanded them. Why then would a serious photographer choose to work with negatives? Since this article was first published, digital has overtaken 35mm and medium format film, though it still can't equal large format for detail. Introduction to the Zone system The first thing you need to know is that exposure meters are dumb, really dumb. Ansel Adams developed the Zone system to cope with this situation (see history, at the bottom of the page). Zones
Stephen Eastwood|Beauty and Fashion Photographer | TutorialsLenses and perspective, or distortion on a face for beauty. Q. Why do you use long lenses and what's the advantage or disadvantage for it? A. OK Real World Numbers On a 35mm full frame 24mm x 36mm chip or piece of film. I use them because the allow for a more comfortable working distance, and more importantly, they diminish distortion of the face and the compression allows for a more flattering perspective. Lens tip to subject, not making allowance for background here. Lens tip to subject 7 feet 300mm 11inches 200mm 17inches 135mm 24inches 85mm 40inches 50mm 65inches average head from tip of head to chin 10 1/2 inches 1 inch above head to nipple line of average large (tall) woman, average 6'2inch male, 18 1/2 inches Now realize, if the background were behind them by several 3 1/2 feet the angle of view would mean if you gave 1 inch head clearance your image would have approximately 5 inches above the head in frame. 50mm ___24inches at 3 feet 36inches 50mm____17inches at 2 feet or 24inches
ZonesysteemHet zonesysteem Een speciaal woord van dank aan Lewis Downey van Cicada Consuling Group (vroeger: Cicada Photo Ressource Website) die de originele engelse versie over het zone-systeem heeft gemaakt. Voor meer en betere uitleg - en als je de engelse taal machtig bent - lees je natuurlijk best de boeken die Ansel Adams zelf hierover geschreven heeft. Dit zijn : The cameraThe negativeThe printThe making of 40 photographs HET ZONE-SYSTEEM : inhoudstabel 1: Inleiding 1. 1. 2: Lichtmeting en belichting 2. 1. 3: De plaats van het onderwerp 3. 1. 4: Filmontwikkeling en densiteit 4. 1. 1. 1. 1. Het zone-systeem werd populair dank zij Ansel Adams en is een soort universele foto-taal geworden. Wel zones zijn een belangrijke hulp bij het bepalen hoe een foto (of dia) er zal uitzien met betrekking tot de weergave van contrast en detail vooraleer de foto genomen wordt. 1. 2. Dit is inderdaad een goeie vraag. Maar misschien is het systeem toch nog nuttig. Waar gaat het dus over? 1. 3. 1. 4. 2. 2. 1. 2. 2.
Understanding & Using Ansel Adam’s Zone SystemThe Zone System is a technique that was formulated by Ansel Adams and Fred Archer back in the 1930's. It is an approach to a standardized way of working that guarantees a correct exposure in every situation, even in the trickiest lighting conditions such as back lighting, extreme difference between light and shadow areas of a scene, and many similar conditions that are most likely going to throw off your camera's metering giving you a completely incorrect exposure. Today we're going to explore this system, and investigate how it can help you with your photography! Republished Tutorial Every few weeks, we revisit some of our reader's favorite posts from throughout the history of the site. Your camera's metering modes are built to give you a correct reading under most average situations. Capturing a correct exposure every time, even in the trickiest light or scene situations. The camera metering is designed to give correct readings under average circumstances.
Episode 60 :: Zone SystemEditing your digital images without the mysteryWelcome to Ars Workshops, and thank you for paying at the door. While you're taking your seats and SPITTING OUT YOUR GUM, I'll explain a little what the Ars Workshops are all about. This is the first of a series of digital imaging guides I'll be doing that take the knowledge gained after years of banging my head against the Photoshop wall and put them together in a non-ouchy format for you to enjoy. We'll cover a number of goals like adjusting contrast, warming images up and reducing noise from shadows in a more accurate and controlled way. Eventually, it should also help you look and see what is wrong with your image while reducing your reliance on those "fix image please" buttons that only half work. For the newcomers to digital imaging this guide may seem a little over your head but it's meant as a reference–it doesn't need to be consumed and digested in one sitting. There are other essential features for serious work, but those are what we'll be using for this first guide.
Digital Zone SystemThe term "Digital Zone System" has been bandied about since the advent of digital imaging. To many, the term Zone System became a buzz term. The Zone System was bullet proof, and became synonymous with fine images. People have seemed desperate to give their images the kind of importance that using the Zone System seemed to give them. Many have used the term, but it hasn't helped because they were trying to assert a film workflow on a digital paradigm and it didn't work. So they think that the digital output is inferior. Since the advent of digital technology, there has been talk of the use of "Digital Zone System". There is a nostalgia about shooting with film, with many espousing its virtues and superiority over digital capture. Figure 1 This image was destroyed in a darkroom accident when chemistry was splashed on it. Digital files also have the potential to convey much more information than could be had in a silver-gelatin print. Figure 2 Figure 3 So, where does this leave us?