I recently started reading a book, called Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs by Henry Carroll. The book is a basic manual that teachers readers about aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings. It also serves as a history book, as it shows and explains the style of many famous photographers.
Last night, I read about Ansel Adams, an extremely famous American photographer and environmentalist. His photos really stood out to me and inspired me because of his ability to take beautiful black and white landscapes.
Adams was born in western San Fransisco in 1902, and passed away in 1984, but his work is still prevalent today. He primarily focused his photography on the American West, mainly Yosemite National Park. To take these detailed landscape photos in black and white, Adams and his friend and fellow photographer, Fred Archer, came up with the zone system, which is a means of measuring the best film exposure and adjusting the contrast of the film in the photographs final print. Many photographers that take black and white film photographs use this technique today to get the beautiful detail that Adams was able to capture in his legendary landscapes.