Started Feb 22, 2005 | Discussions thread
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Shiner Contributing Member • Posts: 802

The histogram is a key exposure tool for anyone wishing to maximise the dynamic range of their camera, while helping to quell noise issues in shadow areas, and maintain recoverable detail in crucial highlight areas. Used in conjunction with the highlight burn-out warning function, it provides a 'safety net' that I would not be without.

I am a recent convert to medium format digital, and here the histogram is vital. But even with a point-and-shoot, if you have a histogram function available, get to know it, and how far you can push your exposure towards the right of the 'gram without producing unwanted burn-out, and you will be amazed at how much more brightness information you have to play with in your files.


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