Beyond the Digital Zone System—Sitemap

Several parts comprise this site.  It begins with a wide-angle view of the digital zone system as a whole.  Next comes an attempt at a formal analysis of the underlying principles of the zone system, ending with a general approach to applying it to any photographic media.  Then comes a detailed application of the zone system to a workflow that begins with a digital camera and ends with an inkjet printer, using a Nikon D700 and a Leaf Aptus-II 5 digital back.  Last is the original content of the site, a “test run” of the above procedure applied to a Canon G11 camera.


The Digital Zone System—beginners start here. 

A general approach to applying the zone system to any photographic media

Introduction

Zone system myths

Definitions

So what is the zone system?

The approach

II III IV V VI VII VIII
Zones are exposure values, and there aren’t always ten.

Summary—an overview of the workflow described below.

Detailed application of the zone system to a Nikon D700 and a Leaf Aptus-II 5 digital back

Workflow

Exposures

Analysis

Nikon D700

Leaf Aptus-II 5

Digital Zone System Example

More Examples

Calibration

Fujifilm EXR

Foveon X3

RawTherapee  [updated 7/6/2014]

Process 2012

A Head-to-Head Comparison

Windows vs. Linux  [updated 1/3/2015]

Going to Extremes  [uploaded 10/4/2014]

RAW vs. JPG

Is your light meter linear?

Resources

autocorrelation

Test run with the Canon G11 (original content)

Introduction

Results

Examples

Summary

ISO 400 and 3200

Technical notes

chart

Pearls

Final Exam

Bibliography and Links 


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