Back to Basics: Your Camera’s Histogram Explained

The ability to read and understand your camera’s histogram is a skill every beginner should master early. And for those of you just starting out, this video by John Greengo for CreativeLive does a great job of explaining the histogram and how it can be a vital component in your photography workflow.

In the short, 5-minute seminar snippet, Greengo breaks down the basics of what a histogram actually is and explains how to read one to better ensure you’re exposing your photographs exactly the way you want them. There’s not much more to say about it, so if you think you would benefit from a basic breakdown of your camera’s histogram, press play and get ready to take a few notes.

(via Picture Correct)

  • Matty Davies

    Really helped! Thanks

  • Ralph Hightower

    Besides adjusting one of the three points on the ISO triangle, there’s also exposure compensation: plus or minus in fractional steps, usually in thirds.

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    exposure compensation is just the cameras way of adjusting either shutter speed or aperture. your comment makes it sound like it is a fourth option on the exposure triangle

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    No, I think of changing exposure compensation as adjusting the ISO. With exposure compensation at 0, the camera will meter for 18% gray. It’s up to the photographer to override the camera based on what he thinks the photo should be.

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    Adjusting the ISO changes the sensitivity of the sensor (yes, I know that is very simplified), but you are right in that exposure compensation biases the cameras meter.