3 Things Most People Don’t Understand About Histograms

On this video photographer Matt Granger talks about 3 examples of common misconceptions that some photographers have about histograms.

People have all sorts of misconceptions about histograms which Granger tries to

  1. There is no such thing as”beautiful” histogram – some people think that there is some type of shape (or shapes) of histograms that are more correct than others – there is not such thing – you can have amazing images with very different histograms (as well as very shitty ones of course).
  2. Histogram in the camera is based on the Jpeg – however if you shoot in RAW and edit (in Photoshop for example) your histogram in the software will show you the RAW instagram – so in the camera the histogram might miss represent your shots (in RAW).
  3. If you change your lens you will probobly get a different histogram even if all the settings are the same – this happens since different lenses pass through different amounts of light (it has to do with T-stops vs. F-stops etc.).

So these are a number of things to keep in mind – it is important but you need to know how to read it correctly. This isn’t the first time that we covered the subject of histograms in Photography – you can check out some of the previous videos on the subject here.

You can check out many more helpful photography tips on our Photography tips section here on LensVid.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of LensVid.com. He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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