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Is it really benifiial to use histogram?
yes 87%  87%  [ 13 ]
no 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
does't make much difference 13%  13%  [ 2 ]
Total votes : 15
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 Post subject: light histogram
PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2007 10:25 am 
I have never used light histogram till now. Many have told me that is a great tool to use. I a not sure how use it. can anyone please tell in a bit detail?

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2008 4:16 am 
yeah same here i'm not sure how to use it, i don't even know what its used for. would some one be kind enough to explain this or show me a link or something?

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2008 9:28 am 
Well I don't really use it because I use my eye, but it shows the lights in a picture. left beings the darks and right being the Lights so if you have a picture that is over exposed you will see a spike on the right hand side. So you generally want to keep it in the middle. But like I said I prefer to use my eye, but I do look at it so ill go with yes

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2008 11:20 am 
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That might be a good topic for one of Gordon's workshops over at DSLR Tips. Have you considered adding a request in the Suggestions for new workshops! thread?


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 12:32 am 
good idea bob i'll do that right now

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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 8:55 am 
Yep started using histograms after reading how to use them in a book I purchased fairly recently, as mentioned above left is dark right is lights, if the histogram is clipped to one side you have lost details in the shadows or have blown highlights (depending on what side is clipped).

According to the book you are looking for a wide spread from left to right with a dome shaped curve, although every shot would be different so there is no perfect histogram shape as such.

I definitely feel it has helped me improve my shots as it is so much easier to get a good idea of tonal range in a shot than from purely looking at the image on the LCD.

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