I’m excited to share my new eBook ~ Demystifying the Histogram. But, before we get to that, I want to share with you the results of the histogram pop-quiz we did awhile back.
The pop-quiz results are in and they’re not too great. Hm? Should I grade on a curve? The correct is 1:C, 2:D, 3:B, 4:A. Unfortunately, only 33% of the answers were correct. And this of course, not being a scientific survey, didn’t allow for the fact that you can see each others answers in the comment section. And this is also not including the folks who decided not to answer at all, for whatever reason. Be honest with yourself, if you had to match the images to their histograms right now could you do it?
So, needless to say, many people are having trouble “seeing” what’s happening within a histogram. To help clarify the histogram message, it’s actually best to blur your vision.
Above is the original set of images from the pop quiz. It’s very easy to be distracted by colors and subject matter. Instead, squint, distort the subject, and imagine the images are black and white photocopies, similar to the images below.
The histogram is a graphical reference to the tonal range within an image. Now do the answers seem clearer? Notice how image two has a full range of values? See the massive amount of dark area in image number one?
Histograms are an invaluable tool to help us make the exposure we want in the field at the moment of capture and later in adjusting that image on the computer. Histograms are not an option for a photographer seeking consistent results. However, we have to know what the histogram is telling us and how to react to that information. If you’re interested in harnessing the power of the histogram, your personal photo coach, check out my new eBook, Demystifying the Histogram available now!
But, most importantly, Demystifying the Histogram will help you harness the power of the histogram to make the most of your photos, both in the camera and later at the computer.
The histogram is ready to become Your Personal Photo Coach.