How about a software "zone system" for colour images?

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Rich, Nov 15, 2005.

  1. Rich

    Rich Guest

    I've used the control allowing adjustment of high-mid-low tones in
    images in PS and PSP and find it very useful in dealing with contrasty
    images. I dislike histogram adjustments as they don't offer the kind
    of control that the other adjustment does. But how about offering
    a software add-on for PS that would allow adjustment of 10 gradations
    of luminance in an image? It would afford huge control possibilities
    and make it possible to improve images even more.
    -Rich
     
    Rich, Nov 15, 2005
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    tomm101 Guest

    Rich the nice thing about the Zone System is that if you really used it
    it is a very flexible too. The bad thing about the zone system is that
    it can hamper photographers taking pictures if you get really hung up
    on calibration. Histograms take care of that, it is a graphic
    representation of your exposure. It is a working tool. Like the Zone
    System, expose a sheet of paper with 10 step of 1 fstop each, process
    it in you RAW converter so zone 5 is neutral 18% gray and work from
    there. Shouldn't be hard, and you don't have to deal with developer
    irregularities. I have had several photographer friends who the zone
    system kept them from taking pictures. One guy figured it took him a
    week to calibrate his camera (a 4x5). I just keep thinking where does
    that color lay on a series of 10 stops. One reason I dislike automatic
    metering.

    Tom
     
    tomm101, Nov 15, 2005
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