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  1. Fisheye83

    Fisheye83 TPF Noob!

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    so i dont know if this is a beginers question or what but when i take pictures on my dslr it shows me the histogram which begs the question whats it for and is there something i should be looking at to use it properly?
     
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    Johnboy2978 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    well, you would like to see a nice bell curve or normal distribution which would suggest that your exposure is spot on and balanced. The dark areas/shadows are located on the left, the highlights are on the right and the rest in the mid range.
     
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    The histogram tells you something about the picture you just took. It could tell you that the picture is underexposed when the light is shining on your LCD and you can't see it properly. It'll tell you if you clip highlights and shadows.

    Have a read of this short article with a lot of photographic examples: Understanding Histograms
     
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    thanks everyone! this really helps out
     
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    Beat you Mike :p

    :cheers:
     
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    Very good site for explaining even if your new to photography you can still understand! Thanks ;)
     
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    Very good links posted above, and I'll also add this video that does a good job of explaining them.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Doh! I checked the link on the post above yours...but I must have missed checking yours.

    Oh, well. It's worth two links. :lmao:
     
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    Just as long as you don't have big spikes on the far left or far right, you'll be right. The rest can come later.
     
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    Really? I would say high key and low key shots are all about having big spikes far left and right.

    The one thing that a lot of people don't mention when talking about histograms is that they do not necessarily indicate that anything is right or wrong, they just show what is.
     

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