Using Your Histogram

Most of us who have been around digital cameras for a while have come to love the histogram, which is basically a bar graph that charts the tonality of a photo. At a rudimentary level, it makes it easy to keep from under- or over-exposing photos. From a more nuanced perspective, it is possible to use the histogram to expose photos in a way to achieve a specific tonality for one or more parts of the scene, much like using the zone system. If you've never fully understood how to read a histogram, check out this video I put together:

For an even more detailed explanation, you can read my blog post that goes along with this video here:


    Jerry, great tip! I tried it out and there certainly was a considerable difference between the camera’s “recommendation” and the histogram for exposure. I put a couple of images on your Flickr group. Looking forward to your future assignments.

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