Learn How to Test Your Film and Use the Zone System for Large Format Black and White Photography
Get ready to learn the zone system and apply it to your black and white large format photography. The Zone System is a photographic technique for determining optimal film exposure and development, formulated by Ansel Adams and Fred Archer in 1939 at the Art Center School in Los Angeles.
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In this course I teach a simplified visual-based approach that does not require a densitometer. If you have always wanted to learn how to test your large format sheet film and use the zone system to create optimal negatives, then this is the right course for you. I will walk you through the entire process from beginning to end. This process works with any large format sheet film, so you can apply it to all of your films.
Learn and Master the Important Concepts in this Course
Many of the greats before us created world-class images with very basic large format gear using the zone system. These iconic images continue to impress us to this day. Every time I visit my local art museum and view the fine prints of these masters, I am humbled and realize how much potential I have within myself. I want you to have the confidence in when working in the field to create high-quality negatives that meet your creative vision.
Downloadable Content: All content with this course is completely downloadable. That way you can take it with you when you are on the road or away from an Internet connection. Please note that all content included in this course are the sole copyright of Tim Layton Sr. and Tim Layton & Associates, LLC and protected under federal law. Please enjoy all of the content for your personal use and respect the copyright laws.
What are the requirements?
You should understand the basic concepts of aperture, shutter and film ISO. You will need to own or have access to a large format camera and at least 10 sheets of film to get the most out of this course. You will need to acquire a Stouffer Transmission Step Wedge for your 4x5, 5x7, or 8x10 large format view camera. You will need a place to process darkroom prints and the associated materials and chemicals.
What am I going to get from this course?
I provide clear and concise instruction on each technique used throughout the class. I don’t assume prior knowledge of film testing on your part. If you need more help, just review the classroom forum to see if your question has already been asked and answered. Submit a new question and I am happy to answer.
Section 1 - Course Introduction
Section 2 - Materials
Section 3 - Exposing the Step Wedge
Section 4 - Developing Step Wedge Negative
Section 5 - Test for Proper Proof Time
Section 6 - Determine Personal EI (Exposure Index)
Section 7 - Test for N Development
Section 8 - Test for Expanded (N+) Development
Section 9 - Test for Contracted (N-) Development
Section 10 - Field Testing