The work of the author Michael Frye was unknown to me before reading this book and his only previous book was “The Photographer’s guide to Yosemite”. This new title is more all-encompassing, seeking to cover every aspect of digital landscape photography.
As soon as the book is opened, the first thing to be seen on the inside cover is the claim that this book is “the first book relating Ansel Adams’ technique to the age of digital photography”. All books can benefit from a unique selling point these days and the name Ansel Adams on the cover will guarantee additional sales, especially in America, where he is revered still. However, how well does the Zone System translate to modern digital photography?
As a scientist myself I can see the benefit of standardising the range of tones necessary for a good black and white print. Users of the Zone System said that 11 zones (0-10) were necessary to provide a full range of tones from black to white. The photographer would use exposure, development and printing techniques to ...