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A Simple Explanation of Your Camera’s Histogram

By Hanssie on June 17th 2014

Histogram1When I began learning photography, like most, I started in ‘P’ mode. After reading a few books and watching a handful of tutorials, I started venturing in the ‘AV’ mode and got comfortable. I then started working with my mentor, the first thing he encouraged me to do was to switch to Manual mode and taught me how to read a histogram.

The histogram is an important tool that every beginning photographer should master. It will help you properly expose your photographs. In the video below, John Greengo in a segment for CreativeLive, gives a quick and clear explanation on histograms – how to read one and why it’s important for you and your photography.


The 5 minute segment is a great video to watch if you’re a beginner or share with a friend who is just starting out.

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Asad Qayyum

    Great simple explanation. Thank you.

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  2. Martin Laguna

    Excelente video, siempre es bueno saber todas las funciones de la camara y la manera que funciona.

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  3. Geoffrey Van Meirvenne

    A great simple explanation. Thx!

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  4. Matthew Saville

    The best way I find to teach people this is to take pictures of grey walls, then have them over-expose and under-expose that, and then have them take pictures of red / green stuff, or a blue sky. (So they can see the RGP histogram change as well..)


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