Yes with all the nice spikes and stuff... just looking for a quick answer to a quick questionLearn to read the histogram....there is always room for interpretation but for the most part it will be right.
When processing your photos keep your histogram open and use it for a guide...it will keep you close.
.....oops sparky beat me to it...what he said.
Both histos appear to show a 'correct' exposure, meaning all the pixels are above 0 and below 255. This is a case where both are technically correct, so it's up to the taker to decide which one is better.
Since the second one gets awful close to the left side of the histo, it appears darker. And it appears dark overall to me. So I say #1 is the proper exposure.
Thank you for your feedback ;DGood or proper exposure can be subjective.
The usual goal is to make an image that preserves detail (however subtle) in both the highlights and shadow. I think your first sample comes closer.
My understanding is that a spike just means there are a lot of pixels of that exact shade/colour (depending if you're using colour or black/white). This may be incorrect, so if I'm wrong please correct me someone (I'd hate to be sharing misinformation)! I'm still just learning about histograms too.