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Sun 29-Jul-01 04:11 PM

Here is a question I can't figure out in my head. In traditional black and white photography the old addage says to expose for the shadows and develop for the highlights. This is based on the fact that development time has little effect on the shadow values but significant effect on highlights. My question is how does this apply to black and white images developed normally by a commercial lab that are scanned in via film scanner and adjusted in Photoshop? Does the rule still apply? Or should I simply expose for the area in the image where I want the most detail? Or should I bag the Zone System approach altogether and just make the exposure based on matrix metering and make all the adjustments in Photoshop? I have grown accustomed to the Zone System approach but can't really determine its palce in digitally adjusted images. I suppose too that the output device must be considered as well. Where do the strengths and weaknesses fall in typical Epson inkjets that might require consideration at the time of exposure?

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