A Primer on Histograms For Video

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Histograms have become an invaluable tool when assessing exposure. Combined with the ability to pick at a photo you just took, they have replaced the use of a light meter for many photographers. This is true for video as well as stills.

Photographer and videographer Cédric Hauteville started a new web series and his first episode deals with  Histograms For Video.  He covers the obvious like what a histogram is and how to use it, but also some more advanced topics like the importance of looking at a histogram along with the photo, and how to use histograms to judge the white balance settings.

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The Secret To Correct Exposure With Any DSLR Camera – Revealed for the First Time

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Are you just starting out with photography?  Have you ever wondered why that expensive, brand new, professional grade DSLR in your hands is betraying you and not giving you perfectly exposed photos – every time?

Read this article and you can learn the secret to correct exposure with any DSLR camera – revealed for the very first time – right here on the internet.

(Warning – the truth about getting correct exposures from your DSLR camera may shock some readers – discretion is advised.)

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Tom Mangelsen Explains How To Get Your Settings Right While Shooting In The Wilderness

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There’s no denying the fact Tom Mangelsen is a master when it comes to nature photography. Even the briefest look at his portfolio instills a level of trust in the photographer’s ability to create great photos over and over again. Which is precisely why we tend to listen, intently, when we’re presented with the opportunity to learn a thing or two from Mangelsen. [Read more…]

How To Use The Histogram Tool For Getting A Perfect Exposure

Looking on the back of the camera to see if you got a shot properly exposed can be misleading. The LCD may not be calibrated showing a too dark or a too light image. Or the sun hitting the LCD can be laying tricks on you.

Yet there is a tool, that is often ignored that can give you a very quick and good indication if you exposed correctly – The Histogram.

In a nut shell, the histogram is a graph that show how many pixels of each brightness level are present in a frame.  John Greengo of CreativeLive give a full back to basics course on photography, in this installation he discusses the Histogram in very easy to understand manner.

Generally, John mentions that you would want a histogram that looks like a mountain with a strong peak in the middle and a slope that goes out to either end. While specific captures may be unique, (such a capturing snow, or night shots), a strong peak on the right may indicate an over exposed image, while a strong peak on the left may indicate an under exposed image.

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