View Full Version : Understanding the histogram?

Kamera RAWr
May 26, 2007, 07:39 PM
I just want to start off by stating what others already have, the MR forum search leaves a heck of a lot to be desired. Or perhaps I just don't know how to use it properly. Anyway, I read a bit here and there in different threads about evaluating a pictures' exposure via the histogram or at least that impression of what it says. Could the experienced of you out there help me understand it a little better than my meager understanding? I'm sure others would benefit as well. BTW, if there's already been a thread on this, you can just ignore this one and send me a link :D

May 27, 2007, 05:15 AM
What do you mean? The left side of the histogram is completely black, the far right is white.

As to how a histogram should look: That depends on what you're photographing. Look at what you're photographing, and ask yourself what the exposure should be? If there are lots of things in a photo that should be white or brightly exposed, then there's going to be a lot of pixels on the right.

If you're taking a photo of something dark, and you're hoping to get a silhouette of a person or something, then expect a lot of "black" photos.

Kamera RAWr
May 27, 2007, 11:47 PM
Thanks, even that little bit there gives a little more knowledge. I appreciate your feed back :) . I thought this thread was dead and no one would respond. Thanks again.

Westside guy
May 28, 2007, 12:13 AM
Tutorials from "Cambridge in Colour":


Kamera RAWr
May 28, 2007, 12:18 AM
Been to that site before, but never saw that tutorial. They help even more :D

May 28, 2007, 01:13 PM
Stick to this, and you can't go far wrong: http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tutorials/expose-right.shtml :)

May 28, 2007, 01:34 PM
give this a try too...


May 28, 2007, 07:10 PM
And another...:rolleyes:


Kamera RAWr
May 28, 2007, 07:35 PM
Thank you all so much. I've learned much more about histrograms thanks to your advice and links :D