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Photoshop and the Zone System


Rock Hill, US
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Fri 13-Oct-00 10:54 PM

I am an amatuer photographer who knows deep down inside that I will never own a darkroom and likely will never learn how to do my own processing at all. However, I've gotten serious enough about this hobby to 1) buy an N80 with a 28-105 AF Nikkor ( a big step for me) and 2) start learning and using the Zone System. The Zone System makes perfect sense to me (on a practical level) and I've made a few photos I'm proud of. Yet, using roll film and lab processing limits the total utility of the Zone System. For those unwilling to go the route of self processing Photoshop seems to be a very real possibility coupled with a high quality slide scanner and printer (or a printing service like Ofoto). I would love to see a discussion about applying the Zone System to the digital set-up I've described above. How can one use the scanner settings or Photoshop filters to achieve N-1, N+2, etc., processing? Does anyone have experience in this? Are there special plug-ins? Is there specific "how-to" literature on this topic? Are there recommendations for the best slide scanners and printers for black and white processing?


George Barron

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