of the things that Focal press does well is create
very approachable books on highly technical subjects.
Ansel Adams' Zone System is certainly one of the
most technical concepts a photographer will ever
deal with. Author Chris Johnson was a friend and
student of Ansel Adams. He is also a Professor of
Photography at the California College of Arts & Crafts.
this book Johnson provides photographers with the
information needed to understand and effectively
use the zone system in their daily shooting process.
The explanations enable photographers to apply
zone system techniques in the darkroom, in the
studio and on location during photography shoots.
as important as the fundamentals of applying zone
system techniques, Johnson also provides his readers
with an understanding of how to test and calibrate
equipment, so that photographers and photo processors
can more effectively control results using their
workflow. For the visual photographer this is the
book to buy. The author strips away the heavy technical
coverage found in other books and visually bridges
the concepts. He makes the ideas in the Zone System