- Paperback: 276 pages
- Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 1 edition (June 17, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1598639870
- ISBN-13: 978-1598639872
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1 x 7.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,189,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mastering Exposure and the Zone System for Digital Photographers 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
Mastering Exposure and the Zone System for Digital Photographers includes coverage of:
About the Author
Lee Varis has been involved in commercial photography for the past 35 years as a photo-illustrator working in Hollywood. He began working with computer imaging two decades ago, after one of his clients took him to see what he was doing to his photography on the Quantel Paintbox. He currently works with digital as well as conventional photography in conjunction with computer graphics to create images for print advertising. Lee's work has been featured on movie posters, video box covers, CD covers, and numerous brochures and catalogs. His creative imaging has been featured in "National Geographic," "Newsweek," and "Fortune" magazines as well as trade journals such as "PDN," "New Media," "Micro Publishing News," "Rangefinder," "Design Graphics," "Photo Electronic Imaging," and "PC Photo." He is currently active in seminar programs with APA, ASMP, PPA, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Maine Media Workshops, and Julia Dean Photographic Workshops, as well as ongoing "Photoshop for Digital Photographers workshops in Los Angeles." He is one of the founding fathers and current president of the Los Angeles Digital Imaging Group and serves on the board of the Digital Image Marketing Association, a division of the Photo Marketing Association.
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Ok, first off, I am an old dude who learned the Zone system back in the Last Century. Late 1950's to early 1960's, and in fact, I had a Weston meter. Decades ago, I switched to cameras with built in meters. I got away from the Zone system over time and to be truthful, I forgot about it. In the last 10-15 years I have been using hand held meters as they give the better exposures that I want for what I shoot today. I switched to digital in 2004. I recently saw a Webinar and the speaker mentioned the Zone system, and he memtioned this book. I ordered it and I can say WOW. Easy to follow, and now I am back to shooting Zone again. It tells you how to go from Duh!! to using photoshop to set everything up to fine tuning your hand held meter.
I would not recommend this book for beginners, but I would definately recommend this book for experienced photographers. I learned a lot from this book.
All in all I was expecting more from this book. I bought it expecting more information on how to use the zone system with my camera but I have to say I've got much more simple and useful information from the blog [...].
Lee has done us all a great service by translating part of what Dan Margulis has taught into a different realm. Dan focus on post-processing, but Lee has taken some of Dan's ideas and moved them back to the time of capture; he writes with depth on the subtle issues of exposing an image properly. But the result is hard; it must have been hard on the author to write the book, and it is hard on the reader to absorb the lessons. That said, Lee's books are easier to read than Dan's, whose books have been justly described by a reviewer as follows: "they make your eyes bleed."
I am no expert, and perhaps it is presumptuous of me to praise either Dan or Lee, but I will say that I regard their books as among the very best. If you learn one-fifth of what they have to teach, you will know more than 85% of the crowd. But I caution, I am without true authority to speak on these matters. I can say with authority that I have learned more from them about post-processing and exposure than I have from most of those who are commonly thought to be experts.