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VALUE IN PHOTOGRAPHY

All values, from deepest black to perfect white, and all the greys in between, should be present in your negatives (if using film), computer files (if using digital) and prints.

With very few exceptions, all of the following tones should be present in your photographs. The tones do not have to be evenly represented,but each one should appear somewhere in your image.

One reason you want all of the tones is because the light greys
give you detail in your highlights, and the dark greys
give you detail in your shadows.

                     
0
I
II
III
IV
V
VI
VII
VIII
IX
X

"V" is equal to 18% grey, the tone that light meters
use to determine the correct shutter speed and aperture f-stop combination. This scale is part of the ZONE SYSTEM.

 

 

Here are some examples of photographs
that contain the full range of values.


Dave Anderson

 


Janet Ingram

 


David Goldes

 

 

Here is an example of an exception to this rule.


Claudio Cambon

 

 

 

 
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