- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Focal Press; 3 edition (December 23, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0240803280
- ISBN-13: 978-0240803289
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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From Publishers Weekly
California photographercollege teacher Johnson was a friend and follower of the late Ansel Adams, whose development of the "zone system" for black-and-white film exposure and processing was a major contribution to American photographic art. The author here undertakes instruction in that system without "highly technical explanations that confuse." Clearly and logically, with illustrations and helpful diagrams, he tells how to "pre-visualize" a picture and explains zone system requirements of contrast control, using a zone scale of gray areas linking the subject to shutter-speed and exposure choices, and similar analysis of elements in a scene to be coordinated with later developing and printing. A basic photography primer and glossary of terms are appended for reference. This is a job well done, but as is perhaps inevitable, the subject remains complicated.
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"The Practical Zone System is one of the easier books to understand on the zone system for better black-and-white photographs...It takes the complex issues of the zone system and removes the calculations and just gives you what you need to know." - The Midwest Book Review
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Top Customer Reviews
But Focal Press once again comes through with crappy illustrations. The key to the zone system is being able to discriminate tones. The copy of the book I received has such muddy printing that it is impossible to see any difference between zones 0 to II and VIII and IX on the step diagrams provided. The black and white photos used for examples are equally muddy, making it difficult to follow the discussion in the text.
Text gets 5 stars, production gets 1, average = 3