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Beginners’ Guide to Histogram

Do you use the ‘expose to the right’ technique? Do you think of the correct post-processing exposure while exposing? Mike Bell explains the best exposure techniques and how to use the histogram for best results

Most digital cameras will show you a histogram of the picture you've just taken. Some will even show a live histogram in their Live View mode. As a beginner you are often encouraged to 'check your histogram' but what should you look for? What is a 'correct' histogram? Before answering these questions I need to clarify what the histogram actually tells you. It is a simple graph of the number of pixels on the y axis against the brightness along the x axis from pure black on the left, to pure white on the right. Naturally, dark shadow tones reside…

Read this and many more articles in High Definition inside Issue 39 of Landscape Photography Magazine.

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Mike Bell

Mike is a landscape photographer based in Perthshire, Scotland where his photographs have been used by Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust, Visit Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland and local tourist associations.

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