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Beyond the Zone System / Edition 3

Beyond the Zone System / Edition 3

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Beyond the Zone System, Third Edition successfully bridges the gap between the well-established science of sensitometry and the popular use of photography as an expressive medium.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780240801933
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/28/1993
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.52(d)

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This fourth edition of Beyond the Zone System makes the science of photographic sensitometry both accessible and useful to interested photographers. It bridges the gap between the more theoretical aspects of the photographic process and the popular empirical procedures used by many photographers in the attempt to predict and control the quality of their photographs in practice.

This book is intended primarily for photographers who use large-format cameras and black-and-white sheet film, but the basic information about how the B&W photographic materials and processes work will be useful to users of any B&W film format.

Beyond the Zone System, 4th ed. will appeal to any serious photographer interested in knowing how the materials and processes of black-and-white photography work. Instead of describing rote procedures to be followed blindly, this book provides the basis for understanding what needs to be done and why. This book relates theory to practice in a way that promotes a true partnership of science and art.

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Table of Contents

Why Sensitometry?

Learning the Language

How To Read and Interpret Characteristic Curves

From Theory To Practice

The Densitometer Dilemma

Testing Your Materials

Interpreting Curves for Working Data

Getting To Know Your Meter

Exposure/Development Control Systems

The Systems Beyond

Image Gradation

Fine Tuning

Appendix 1, Useful Formulas

Appendix 2, Densitometer Design and Construction

Appendix 3, Sheet Film Developing Tube

Appendix 4, Film Curve Calibration Tools




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