Quote Originally Posted by Ruvy
The way I expose today is 2-3 stops above darkest shadow.

Terms like “place the shadow in 3rd zone” is not something I know how to do

But, I think you're doing it without even knowing it.

according to my very limited understanding of the zone system, metering the darkest shadow and choosing an exposure two stops above that is, in fact, placing the darkest shadow in zone III (2 stops)...right?

likewise, choosing an exposure three stops above would be placing the shadow in zone II