Or use the even-easier modified Picker Zone System:
Originally Posted by Peter Schrager
1) Place the highest value you want to show detail on Zone VIII;
2) Take the picture;
3) Use paper contrast grades to place low values where you want them in the print.
I also recommend getting a copy of the Zone VI Workshop (aka the little fred picker zone book), just because Fred explained it so well, and because, well, it's a cute little book!
"What drives man to create is the compulsion to, just once in his life, comprehend and record the pure, unadorned, unvarnished truth. Not some of it; all of it."
- Fred Picker
Thank you for the responses everyone. Invaluable information for me....
Thanks for this. Great post.
Originally Posted by Doremus Scudder
Just curious about your printing methods. Do you use fixed grade papers or variable? Do you ever use split grade printing or just stick to the one grade ?
For years I used graded paper only, but now am using more VC paper, especially when I need higher contrast. I try to avoid low contrast on VC papers due to the unevenness of the response in the mid-tones. I like Galerie grades 2 and 3, and used to use a lot of Oriental G, Slavich, Kentmere, etc., In VC I am now using the Adox 110 and the Foma 111. I like both of these. When I use VC papers, I still use the same printing techniques as with graded papers except I use intermediate filtration instead of split-developing to get intermediate grades. I will, however, burn an area with a different filter. Basic exposure, and dodging is done with one filtration; no split printing.
The Zone System allows you to pre-visualize what the film sees. It's always placing a specific area in a zone and you'll have to figure out where the rest of your scene is going to "fall". You can expand and contract your range, but there's no magic to it. Always expose for shadows then develop for highlights. Take a looksy here.
Ted Forbes is a great photographic educator.
This is very useful too.
Best of luck!
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I fail to understand how anyone can comment on this without knowing how the original scene looks in terms of lighting ratio, luminance and contrast to name but a few, without even considering how the artist wishes to make the rendition.
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you need to make yourself a zone dial, and let it do the thinking for you.You'll find it for freeon my homepage www. dark roomagic.com, or send me an email to email@example.com ,and I'll send you the PDF. It will do much to clarify the process for you and make it a lot simpler; it did for me and many of my friends.
darkroomagic.com appears to be down
darkroomagic.com still appears to be down, but I found the PDF online ...
I just assembled one, and after about 30 seconds with it and my meter, a large piece of the jigsaw suddenly dropped into place ...
great!It seems that my website got hijacked by a Canadian photofinishing company;I'll find oout what I can do about it