Mastering Exposure and the Zone System for Digital Photographers, 1st Edition

  • Lee Varis
  • ISBN-10: 1598639870  |  ISBN-13: 9781598639872
  • 376 Pages
  • © 2011 | Published
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Every photographer using a digital SLR camera needs to master exposure in order to achieve the highest quality results in their photographs. "Mastering Exposure and the Zone System for Digital Photographers" is a complete guide to both the technical and creative aspects of exposure in digital photography. This guide uses a combination of discussion, examples, and hands-on exercises that lead the reader through a progression of skills development covering the full range of photographic lighting situations. Topics covered include basic metering, outdoor and indoor available light photography, fill flash, night, and low-light conditions, as well as advanced topics like action and sports, close-up, high-key and low-key lighting, multiple light sources. In conclusion, the author shows how to use the Zone System, developed by Ansel Adams for film, with today’s digital cameras to achieve stunning results with exceptional tonal range and clarity.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Lee Varis

Lee Varis has been involved in commercial photography for the past 35 years as a photo-illustrator working in Hollywood. He began working with computer imaging two decades ago, after one of his clients took him to see what he was doing to his photography on the Quantel Paintbox. He currently works with digital as well as conventional photography in conjunction with computer graphics to create images for print advertising. Lee’s work has been featured on movie posters, video box covers, CD covers, and numerous brochures and catalogs. His creative imaging has been featured in "National Geographic," "Newsweek," and "Fortune" magazines as well as trade journals such as "PDN," "New Media," "Micro Publishing News," "Rangefinder," "Design Graphics," "Photo Electronic Imaging," and "PC Photo." He is currently active in seminar programs with APA, ASMP, PPA, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Maine Media Workshops, and Julia Dean Photographic Workshops, as well as ongoing "Photoshop for Digital Photographers workshops in Los Angeles." He is one of the founding fathers and current president of the Los Angeles Digital Imaging Group and serves on the board of the Digital Image Marketing Association, a division of the Photo Marketing Association.