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Ansel Adams used it on a daily basis and propagated it in his books and courses. Yet nowadays, no one seems to use it anymore. It is even rather hard to acquire a specimen in Europe. Is it justly obsolete or wrongly forgotten?
Although indispensable for classic zone exposure, is it useful at all as a production tool or didactic instrument in the here and now?
[ To those of you who are happily too young to even know what I am talking about: A b&w viewing filter darkens the image and smudges the colors so that color contrast, which normally dominates our daylight visual processing, is subdued and luminosity contrast, which is of essence for b&w photography, becomes more easily apperceptible. This trick works only for a few seconds, then cortical postprocessing gears up to adapt. ]
With digital photography, it is easy to set the camera to OOC b&w jpeg to preview the image wysiwyg. With DNG/raw capture there is a large leeway for changing color balance during b&w conversion in post. With film, however, you have to be either rather experienced and self-confident or you will have to wait eagerly for negative development in order to be sure that you judged the „photographability“ of a scene and its b&w rendering correctly.
Thus the question is: Is anybody else airing a viewing filter together with his or her I, II, III or M?
Does anyone use it
- for production
- for teaching
- for fun
I must admit that I also like the opportunity of developing my previsualization skills even in situations where I do not happen to carry a camera.
Edited by schattenundlicht, 13 February 2018 - 14:53.