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The DSLR Field Guide by Michael Freeman

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The Zone System

The Zone System was developed by the famous 20th-century American landscape photographer, Ansel Adams, as a way of obtaining the optimum tonal range in a black-and-white print. The system combines both measurement and judgment—in other words, it amalgamates technology and opinion.

Still highly regarded by some traditional photographers as the meticulous craftsman’s approach to considered, unhurried photography, it lost most of its purpose when color took over from black-and-white—particularly transparency film, which allows little to be done with it after exposure. Digital photography, however, returns image control to photographers, ...

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