Understanding the histogram?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Kamera RAWr, May 26, 2007.

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    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
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Been to that site before, but never saw that tutorial. They help even more :D
     
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    Thank you all so much. I've learned much more about histrograms thanks to your advice and links :D
     

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