I thought this was quite a weird and odd video at first. It wasn’t until I was a little while in that I finally realised what he was getting at. But if you’ve been struggling to understand the histogram but you have an ear for music then this video from Tim Shields is a pretty good analogy to help you figure it out.
I’m not going to explain what the histogram is, because Tim does that rather well in the video already, but it’s definitely something that can be confusing to people who’ve never come across it before. And while there are many resources online to help, sometimes it can take a while for it to sink in with newer photographers – especially with all the histogram myths out there about how it’s “supposed to look”.
At the beginning of the video, Tim explains how a basic frequency monitor works when it comes to music and sound, with low frequencies on the left and high ones on the right. It’s something that anybody who’s ever seen a graphic equaliser should be able to grasp pretty quickly, especially with the demonstrations provided. From there, he talks us through how this translates to visual images with the histogram.
It’s not the most conventional way of explaining it, but everybody learns in different ways, so maybe this way will finally help everything just click into place for you?