• Saturday , 18 November 2017

Using Zones for Black and White Photography: Exploring Photography with Mark Wallace: AdoramaTV

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Learn how to use zones of light to convert color photographs to stunning, high contrast, black and white images. In this episode Mark Wallace explains his abbreviated version of Ansel Adam’s Zone System. Mark explains the five zones of exposure and demonstrates how to manipulate them using Lightroom 5.

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Mark’s Previous Episodes:

How Color Influences B&W Photography: Ep 232: Digital Photography 1 on 1: Adorama Photography TV

50 Shades of Black: Ep 133: Exploring Photography with Mark Wallace

Getting it Right in Camera: Ep 235: Digital Photography 1 on 1: Adorama Photography TV

Digital Photography 1 on 1: Episode 67: Lighting for Black and White Photography

Digital Photography 1 on 1: Episode 41: Dynamic Range: Adorama Photography TV

Digital Photography 1 on 1: Episode 33: Histograms: Adorama Photography TV

Digital Photography 1 on 1: Episode 24: Understanding Stops: Adorama Photography TV

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  1. Chakib Abi-saab
    July 24, 2017 at 18:00

    Thank you for this video.. Brilliant. I am really going to practice this technique from now on.

  2. Ayke Gaze
    July 24, 2017 at 18:00

    Very interesting topic. Bravo

  3. coyote7106
    July 24, 2017 at 18:00

    Thank you fot this video. It is what I really needed to go further. These are small tips extremely important end usefull but one cannot find easily and quickly alone.

  4. Chet Bowman
    July 24, 2017 at 18:00

    Great video, well explained and demonstrated. Very practical

  5. XXX VVV
    July 24, 2017 at 18:00

    really contrasty !

  6. F.G. Kaye
    July 24, 2017 at 18:00

    In Truth, your 5 Zone system is best explained as the " Color Zone System ",

    Re-Invented by Sinar's own Hans Karl Koch… It became known as the Zone System

    for exposing Transparency Film, explained in Sinar's Bulletin # 40, ( I think it was 40 ).

    Unfortunately OOP, but the histograms on the backs of digital cameras were similar

    to the film H&D curves used to expose film.

  7. FrankATracy
    July 24, 2017 at 18:00

    For anyone looking for a great (in camera) B&W app for their iPhone or iPad, check out Hueless. You actually see the image as B&W as you take it. No conversion necessary.

  8. Mark Harris
    July 24, 2017 at 18:00

    I really like the photograph of the lock, that's the sort of shot I prefer to do on film.

  9. Daxieho
    July 24, 2017 at 18:00

    Very interesting, thx

    July 24, 2017 at 18:00

    hello sir, how to make dslr pictures look like film??
    thank you.

  11. Gema Jimenez
    July 24, 2017 at 18:00

    where is the image of the old run down house for sale in spanish from? It looks incredibly familiar!

  12. Long Sha
    July 24, 2017 at 18:00

    Great skills. but to be honest, I don't think the super contrasty image is better than the original plain BW version.

  13. Kyle Cullen
    July 24, 2017 at 18:00

    I just re-edited my last shoot which I did black and white. I was feeling a bit deflated about my first edits but after watching this video I like my shots again. Thanks a lot for the great tips 🙂

  14. aidan mcknight
    July 24, 2017 at 18:00

    Thanks for this…fantastic

  15. eph elle
    July 24, 2017 at 18:00


  16. Erin Golloher
    July 24, 2017 at 18:00

    Just seeing this now, and I am LOVING all the tips! Makes so much sense and I'm putting it to use as we speak!

    July 24, 2017 at 18:00

    Got to love the contrast of black and white! Check out my b and w short "Breather"


  18. oraghz02
    July 24, 2017 at 18:00

    hey Mr.Mark Wallace
    interesting interpretation ! see you next one !

  19. Hartanto Agung Wicaksono
    July 24, 2017 at 18:00

    awesome video! thank you! by the way, when i edit picture, how should i set my monitor's brightness? should i set it in the middle? or should i max my screen brightness? any other paramater on my screen i should adjust before editing a picture?

  20. Jerry Ranch
    July 24, 2017 at 18:00

    The " zone system" was used by painters for hundreds of years before Ansel Adams. He merely applied a component of composition and tonal theory to photography.

  21. Michal Jesenský
    July 24, 2017 at 18:00

    Perfect explanation. Easy to follow and fun to watch. Mark's videos are my favorite.

  22. Mikey Colon
    July 24, 2017 at 18:00


  23. Humberto Abed
    July 24, 2017 at 18:00

    Great tutorial!! been watching lots of videos on how to convert to BnW and edit but yours is really great. Thank you

  24. Ian Palmer
    July 24, 2017 at 18:00

    Simple, stunning, superb

  25. Cheng Cheng
    July 24, 2017 at 18:00

    that was really helpful for me, thx for sharing!!!

  26. John Kraemer
    July 24, 2017 at 18:00

    Very good overview! Thank you for sharing!

  27. jorgelvs30
    July 24, 2017 at 18:00

    Mark, Thanks for this great tutorial.

  28. konradkreative
    July 24, 2017 at 18:00

    I was going to watch a movie on Netflix, but then this video distracted me and got me all interested in playing around with some B&W photography again… also this ISN'T THE ZONE SYSTEM! Oh wait… never mind. Taught me a lot – thank you.

  29. 32ndFoto
    July 24, 2017 at 18:00

    Very helpful..

  30. Richard Hamilton
    July 24, 2017 at 18:00

    Really helpful as a beginner Mark, thank you!

  31. Word up!
    July 24, 2017 at 18:00

    AA is spinning in his grave

  32. opwave79
    July 24, 2017 at 18:00

    Cool video.  Ha ha…somehow it seems a whole lot easier to just use my film camera to shoot B&W and just split filter print.  Just kidding!  I needed the Lightroom review.  Thanks 🙂

  33. Gibberishus
    July 24, 2017 at 18:00

    I actually prefer shitty looking prints at high cost.But thanks for asking!
    Great episode by the way🐶

  34. Towald Graves
    July 24, 2017 at 18:00

    Very cool

  35. Abdallah Hassan
    July 24, 2017 at 18:00

    This is an academic lesson, thank you so much.

  36. anthony parker
    July 24, 2017 at 18:00

    just a thought why do pro photographers always open with "with my ladida camera and so and so lens ?"

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