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Photography Histograms Explained


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  1. Is this important when shooting everything in Raw? Thank you in advance.

  2. Sandeep Krishnan (Sandy)

    good show  !

  3. Thanks Gregory…excellent presentation and explanation…subbed! Quick question…you focused a bit more on the horizontal adjustments left/right. What about the vertical peaks and valleys? Do they represent the amount of pixels for a particular color/saturation? thanks, cheers!

  4. After seeing the simplicity of they way you presented this topic – automatically subscribed. Good job

  5. So if 1/2 of data is in Lights, where is the rest? 
    And that means if we wanna post process our pictures they should be always over exposed? 
    thank you for the video mr Cazillo

  6. Valerie Sands (That Feng Shui Lady)

    You are my new favorite guy.

  7. Thanks, always enjoy your tutorials, to the point and not too much techno for me. I do have a question though, I mainly shoot landscapes and more often dawn and dusk, Iv noticed on a lot of my histograms Im clipping at both ends!! Im guessing because there is so much contrast? how would you approach exposing here? 

  8. I see you said avoid over-exposure to prevent losing highlights & critical first stop data. In fact I read ETTR should only be used when image contrast is smaller than camera sensor range. Can I ask your views on photographers who suggest using under-exposure? I've seen claims it adds minimal noise & loses few lowlights yet can give sharper images with much larger dynamic ranges. Thanks.

  9. I'm just now realizing that I've been underexposing for way too long.  I just read Michael Reichmann's essay called "Optimizing Exposure"  (http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tutorials/optimizing_exposure.shtml) and I then poked around here to see if I could find anything to drive his point home.  This video does just that. Greg, this was really really helpful. Strong, clear and to the point – without too much technical information.  I just subscribed, too.  THANKS!!!

  10. Question – If you expose for the "right".  What happens when you blow a pixel out.  There is no data to recover (the detail is lost)… over to the left there is data (detail) behind the black that can be brought out.  You got me confused now – I have always exposed for a slight gap on the right and never worry about the left, because I figure that I can always pull the data out of the dark areas (it is there you just can't see it yet – where as if it is blown out then it is lost)…  I know that you can get better results by darkening a picture rather than lightening because of the "fill factor" associated with the shift in pixels… I am confused now… I guess I suffer from blow out fear factor… hahaha

  11. Good video but more examples would help make more sense of what's going on….

  12. Excellent presentation. I am new to digital photography and this is the first video I've watched regarding histograms. You explained things very clearly. I loved your visual examples. Gonna check out some of your other tutorials. Thanks a lot.

  13. 'There is no absolute in photography and anyone who tells you that is full of crap' ….LOL love it. Great tutorial!

  14. Great tut, thanks

  15. I am from colombia and i wanna thank you for sharing your knowledge, this vídeo is so useful

  16. Fantastic explanation. 😀

  17. thanks for the help!

  18. "shoot to the right, that way you don't loose data."
    when you go to the right it will loose data as well, when overexposed.
    considering the fact that digital has way less noise in darks, rather than film, but it overexposes quicker than film, and suggesting to go "to the right" is simply … ignorant, I should say

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