Histograms are a fairly basic part of photography but they’re easily overlooked and most beginner photographers find them intimidating. Don’t worry if you have no idea what one is or how to use it! You don’t need to use a histogram to be a good photographer, but they can be very handy in certain situations. This blog post will look at what a histogram is, and how you can use them to properly expose a photo.
So, what is a histogram? Histograms are a visual representation, on a graph, of the different tone values in your image. They display everything from black at 0% (on the left of the graph) to whites at 100% (on the right of the graph). Midtones describe the area in the middle, and they are neither light nor dark. Histogram can help you greatly when taking pictures in harsh or bad lightning.
Mastering composition in photography
Julius Shulman once said that the camera is the least important element in photography. He was of course right. But what is the most important one? You can definitely put composition very high on the list of important elements.
So what is composition? Composition describes placement of relative objects and elements in a photograph.
To understand what composition is just think about what you feel when you see a good photo (or a bad one for that matter)? All elements in a good photo just feel in the right places, everything looks aesthetically pleasing. Composition is all about balance. You have to make sure all the elements present in the photo are necessary for the story you are trying to pass on.
Composition is a way of guiding the viewer’s eye towards the most important elements of your photo and sometimes in a very specific order.