Ig­nor­ing the his­togram

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It’s easy to get caught up with com­po­si­tion and fo­cus­ing, and to for­get to check the his­togram reg­u­larly. But get­ting the ex­po­sure right in-cam­era is far bet­ter than try­ing to fix things later. Don’t rely on the im­age play­back alone to judge the ex­po­sure, as the bright­ness of the LCD it­self can give a false im­pres­sion of the bright­ness of the shot, es­pe­cially at night, or in bright sun­light. If a his­togram is cut off or ‘clipped’ at ei­ther end, this in­di­cates there are ar­eas that are pure black or pure white, and so con­tain no tex­ture or de­tail (in other words, ar­eas that are un­der- or over-ex­posed).

If you find that the pre­view of the im­age dis­played along­side the his­togram is too small, then try the High­lights dis­play in­stead. With this en­abled, ar­eas that are po­ten­tially over-ex­posed will blink on the dis­play.

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