Our meter’s mission is to make anything we point at the brightness of 18 percent/middle gray.
That works great if our target is middle gray, but not when we are photographing something bright, dark, or high contrast.
In this video we show you how to outsmart your meter using a technique called zone system, which was originally created by Ansel Adams and used over the past 80 years.
This technique determines how much darker or lighter common things are compared to middle gray (18 percent gray) and allows the photographer to override their meter resulting in a perfect exposure in any situation.
Intro - 00:00
Outsmarting Our Meter - 00:21
Using Zone System - 00:59
Real Life Examples - 01:48
Zone to Meter Conversion – 05:33
The Zone System Card – 06:28
Finding Our Zone – 07:00
Doing It Yourself - 7:50
Outro - 10:23