G.P.T. photography tips. the histogram

                                  What is a Histogram and why is it so important?

Lets talk about the Histogram which graphically shows the amount of light in an exposure, the modern day light meter. When you see photographers looking at the back of their cameras after each shot it is usually to look at the Histogram to see if the graph is within the limits of deep shadows to the right and just short of of bright highlights to the left.

All photographers are trying to have “detail” in all aspects of the image, with no areas of “blown out” whites or “blocked up” blacks showing in the images. In the histogram this will appear as spicks at either end in the graph.



So start using the histogram review feature of your digital camera and get in the habit of glancing at it after every shot to achieve a perfect exposure.


G.P.T. Photography Tips. know your equipment

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                                                                KNOW YOUR EQUIPMENT

The only possible way for you to get control of your photography is with full knowledge of the following:

  • correct exposure
  • the terms Depth of Field, Sharpness, Noise Control, ISO, RAW vs JPEG
  • how to use speed creatively
  • what is a good Histogram
  • understanding the colour of light
  • your fears and reservations about Manual Mode!

You really need to understand your camera and know everything that it’s dials and buttons do.  This does require reading the ‘dreaded’ manual and putting each of the components of the manual into practice with photographic exercises.

This, of course, takes time and patience which can be difficult to find these days with our busy lives.

But it is only when you have this basic understanding of your equipment that you can begin to explore, experiment, become creative and produce amazing images that you will always cherish.