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Mastering Exposure and the Zone System for Digital Photographers by Lee Varis

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Introduction

Monolake, August 2003.

I was 10 years old when I was bit by the photography bug. My father recruited me to process and print his photographs documenting his safety engineering inspections. These were the driest, most boring informational images showing the conditions of buildings, fire exits, factory assembly lines, etc., but to me it was pure magic to see these images appear gradually in the tray under the safelight. I was in charge of my father’s photography (and probably saved him a ton of money) at a time when Ansel Adams’ series of books contained the pinnacle of photographic technique. The Zone System was the most sophisticated ...

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