Now that we know how to read a Histogram, the real important thing is understanding how to use it to to get perfect exposures every time you take a photo.
The Histogram is a graph that tells you about your exposure, and the most important parts of the graph are the left and right edges, which represent the brightest and darkest parts of your image.
When you’re taking a photo, generally speaking you don’t want your final photo to be over, or under exposed, and the Histogram will let you see at a glance if you have any over or under exposed areas in your photos.
The other thing you can use with the Histogram is the blinkies on your camera. The blinkies are the areas of your photo that blink to indicate parts of the image that are over (and on some cameras under) exposed.
But the most important thing to know about the Histogram is that there is no such thing as a perfect histogram. Some people out there claim that there is a perfect histogram for a photo, but that’s just not true. (You can see what this so called “perfect” histogram looks like in the video)
Each photo is unique, and your vision of what you want your photo to look like is unique, which means your histogram could and probably will look very different from the so called “perfect” histogram
The important thing to remember is that the histogram is a tool you can use to help you get the photo you want to get!
Your camera is an amazing tool, but it’s no good to you if you don’t know how to use it!
If you want to take control of your camera and use it to take amazing photos like a pro, check out my Guide to Shooting in Manual Mode video course.