Understanding Histograms & How To Use Them

Histograms can be a useful tool for better understanding the tonal ranges within a photograph, but for those who are unfamiliar with them, they can also be confusing.

In this Photoshop class, Karl will be taking a closer look at histograms, explaining what they are, how to read them and how we can use them to enhance our photography.

NOTE: This class is scheduled for release in the upcoming months.


  1. Hi Karl,

    Eagerly waiting for this.

    I am an enthusiast photographer. I take pictures during my travel trips. If you include the following topics in your talk, It would help me a lot in understanding this phenomenon.

    1. Many of the photography experts advocate the idea of “Exposing To The Right (ETTR)”, saying that a camera records best pixel information when you overexpose the image, so that more of the histogram is towards the right and later pull it back in post processing.

    2. The histogram shown by a camera in field is based on the JPEG image cooked by it during capture and has more information in the RAW file. So if you overexpose the image in the field, you can have more in the file than what you see in camera during the time of capture.

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Anant,
      1. This is a myth perpetrated by people that don’t fully understand the capabilities of RAW file, 14bit or 16bit capture and often leads to constant confusion amongst new photographers and is not to their advantage. In fact I actually expose more to the left, primarily because I light my work and scenes properly and I prefer the dramatic look acheived. I also control my highlights with lighting or filtration to ensure they are not blow. Right now I can tell you Forget about ETTR nonsense – shoot in RAW and expose the picture correctly and follow the classes on this platform to do with good capture techniques and post production. Focus on the art and craft of capture technique rather than some nerd in his bedroom purported on the web.
      2. Yes there is more in the RAW file that can be extracted, the histogram is a guide of what has been recorded based on doing no adjustments to the RAW file. You can also have far more out of the shadows too, please forget about the ETTR nonsense, if you’d like evidence of why this is nonsense find the portfolios of those supporting this method and then compare them to mine – http://www.karltaylor.com

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