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    I never heard of this until today. It is basically saying that a perfect B&W image should have all of the following 11 shades of B&W

    Zone System - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    edit: It doesn't say it (all 11 should be present) in the link I provided. It is just something I read on the internet today (it must be true)
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    Interesting detailed article. I like the advice given: expose for the highlights; process for the shadows. That makes sense in terms of understanding the zone system, especially for printing. Thanks for posting this.
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    I haven't read the article but in Adams's day (film)according to his zone system it was the opposite; expose for shadows - develop for highlights. If you did not capture shadow detail at time of the exposure, you could never bring it back. I studied this in depth years ago...and made high quality prints because of it.

    Today, with digital, it's the opposite of Adams; expose for highlights because once the lightest highlights are gone, they are gone forever. (clipping)
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