I knew the name and always thought of him as one of those legendary photographers that we should look at and learn from, but as I continue with my black & white project I discovered the zone system.
This is something that all respectable black & white photographers know about and is also one of the fundamentals that all photographers should look into. And the whole concept was invented by Ansel Adams.
This lead me to buy a copy of his book “The Negative” and although it gets “a bit heavy” in parts, it is well worth the effort. As I got half way though it, I suddenly felt as if I was really beginning to understand what photography is all about. I picked my copy up for 95p plus postage on Amazon and it came from the Oxfam shop so I think everyone won on that deal.
I will now use a separate light meter as well as auto exposure on the camera and try to use the lessons of the zone system even when I am shooting colour with the digital camera. I will use filters more both on the camera and in Photoshop afterwards and I will be much more adventurous with exposure and contrast adjustments, just as I am with timing and filters in the darkroom.