Digital Poll (histograms)

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Do you use the histogram view on your digital camera?

  1. Always!

    11.1%
  2. Sometimes

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    0.0%
  3. Rarely, if ever

    55.6%
  4. Uhhh...what the heck is a histogram??

    33.3%
  1. Sharkbait

    Sharkbait TPF Noob!

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    Do you use the histogram viewing feature of your digital camera? My digital rebel has an option where when it shows the photo you just took, it makes the photo as a thumbnail and shows you the histogram at the same time. I've found that it's really helping my exposures.
     
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    The G5 doesn't have a histogram feature :(

    one of its only drawbacks really. :( :(
     
  3. mrsid99

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    If my digital camera had one I'd definitely use it if only for reference.
    BTW, I didn't vote because you don't have an applicable slot.
     
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    I use it less than I should.
     
  5. voodoocat

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    Any user can view the histogram by using the levels command in photoshop (or other graphics app). I use it quite frequently.
     
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    I am a little leary of using the histogram. I am assuming that you would use it to adjust contrast before the frame hit your computer. Maybe it saves time in the editing process, but I feel you may loose detail in the raw image.
     
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    Didn't know that, thanks for the tip voodoocat, I'll check out some of my old pics to see what really happened.
     
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    You don't necessarily view the histogram to change it. I find it valuable in assessing how I did with my exposure.
     
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    I too have searched for the perfect exposure. In an advertising envioment, I find that I still end up going 2 over and 1 under. I will definetly try it in my personal work. Now I'm intriqued. If I waste battery life looking at the damn thing every frame, it's your fault.
     
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    Exactly! See I got thinking about this because I shot a hockey game last weekend with the new camera, and I wasn't sure how it would do in the lighting, so I turned on that little histogram view feature and used the first 4 or 5 shots during the pre-game skate to dial in the exposure. The other hundred or so shots were bammo right on on the exposure. It's really handy!
     
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    Just great. last week I Set the preview on my D1 to show the histogram and the preview it is great fun. I am saving card space left and right.
     

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