The Ansel Zone


By Bailey Osana

By Bailey Osana

The Ansel Zone

Black & White Photography has many challenges since you are creating a Monochromatic image from a Chromatic scene. First, as Ansel Adams taught us, creating a rich image requires VISUALIZATION, or seeing the final result before you begin. Second, capturing a full tonal range with all of the detail in BOTH the shadows and highlights requires techniques that Adams developed when making his photographs. Normally, detail is lost in the shadows or the highlights.  But using Adams’ “ZONE” system, you can retain all of the beautiful detail to create a rich, deep monochrome image.

Choose a subject and fill the frame with it. Repeating, complex images that create interest. Use good lighting techniques, fill the frame, use good composition and remember there is no focal point in this challenge.
NO LOGOS OR ICONIC OBJECTS (brands, labels, Ipods etc.).
Use Photoshop to edit your shot using the appropriate tools to clean up any flaws or imperfections. Keep it simple and clean.

This is the first Photoshop assignment. After capturing an image in full color, you should use and practice the tools to create an outstanding black and white, tonal contrast image with high dynamic range using the full and complete Zone system.

  • Skill capturing a full color, full contrast photo.
  • Creativity in seeing the final photo before shooting.
  • Using Photoshop to convert to B&W.
  • Dodging and burning skills in Photoshop.

Upload your Photo

YOUR PHOTOS MUST HAVE YOUR NAME AND COPYRIGHT EMBEDDED FOR CREDIT. Embed your info with your Metadata Preset in the Import Dialog Box in Lightroom when importing your photos. After you upload your photo, turn in your PDF Contact Sheet to the Hand-in Folder BEFORE DUE DATE to receive a grade. Grades are not issued without a contact sheet.


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