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Understanding the Histogram

Understanding the Histogram

Histogram can be your best friend in Digital Photography.

Do you use and refer to the Histogram in your digital camera or editing software such as Photoshop or Lightroom? Understanding the role of the Histogram in digital photography is very important and can help you make a perfect exposure.

Generally speaking, the Histogram shows you the tonality of light captured in an image. In this article, I am going to talk about the Luminosity Histogram, not the RGB Histogram. By understanding the information in the Histogram, you can easily modify the exposure to make a perfect shot.


As you can see in the image above, the left side of the Histogram is pure Black, and the right side is pure White. The vertical axis shows the number of pixels. By studying the Histogram in this example, I know that most of the pixels are used for highlight areas with a few in Dark Grey and Black, resulting in overexposure like the image below.

Histogram in Over exposed photo

The Histogram in Overexposed photo

Or it can be a High Key image like this one.

By understanding the Histogram you can take better High key photos

By understanding the Histogram, you can take better High key photos

There is no such thing as a perfect Histogram. You should compare the Histogram with the scene and find out if your main subject is within the histogram range. For instance, try to understand how this Histogram would look like a photographic scene.

Histogram shows that the majority of pixels are in dark grey tones

The Histogram shows that the majority of pixels are in dark grey tones

Next, look at the image and compare it with the Histogram

Although majority of pixels are in dark grey tones, the Histogram tells you it is a correct exposure for this scene

Although the majority of pixels are in dark grey tones, the Histogram tells you it is a correct exposure for this scene

Now, look at this Histogram.

Histogram shows that the majority of pixels are in dark grey tones

In this image, the majority of pixels are in dark grey tones

Although it looks pretty similar to the previous Histogram, you understand that it is under-exposed when you compare it with the scene.

This Histogram shows you that the majority of pixels are in black and dark grey

This Histogram shows you that the majority of pixels are in black and dark grey.

Understanding Histogram is not tricky. It just takes practice to become familiar with the information it provides.

In our upcoming Photography BootcampI will cover this topic in-depth with more tips that you can put into action to learn one of the most powerful tools in digital photography. Understanding Histogram is like finding a best friend inside your digital camera – one which gives you instant and accurate feedback every single time!

Our next Bootcamp starts on February 3, 2022. It is a six-week program and has two field trips.

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That is all for now. Stay tuned for my next photography Tips. We love to hear from you. Let us know if you have any questions; feel free to send us your questions, and we will be more than happy to answer them. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more Free Tutorials and Tips.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

Digital Camera Workshop

Digital Camera workshop for Beginners | Exposure Class

Unleash the power of your digital Camera

digital Camera Workshop

Digital Camera Workshop for Beginners is a two part workshop and you learn about your camera settings and controls. Each part is Two hours with theory and hands on.
In this four hour class you will explore the hidden functions of your Digital camera and learn about Shutter speed, Aperture, ISO, White Balance, and more. This workshop is primarily intended for photographers using digital SLR cameras, but many Manual capable digital compact cameras are also suitable. Each participant is expected to bring a digital camera with a fully charged battery and memory card(s)

Using Spot Metering can help to create focal point in some scenes

Part one Classroom session on Saturday February 18th 2017 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

In this 2 hour session you will learn the Digital camera’s terminology, Menu, Functionality such as: Shutter Speed, Aperture Value, ISO, White Balance, and much more.

Part two Hands on and practical session on Saturday February 18th 2017 from 1:00pm to 3:00 pm

This session is fully hands on and you practice with different settings such as , Auto Focusing, Lens Focal Length, Hidden functions, and much more. You will explore the differences in file format and tips on how to make better images using your creativity.

This workshop is developed for beginners and we will cover all the important functions of your camera. Please bring your camera, fully charged battery, and Memory card. We are going to try and test almost all the different settings and scenarios that the average person would encounter when taking photos. After taking this photography class you won’t use the AUTO mode any more and you will see significant improvement in your daily photography. Check our Upcoming Classes for more workshops!

Photography Composition Workshop

Composition Workshop at Mill Lake Park

Composition is the artistic part of photography and this Composition Workshop at Mill Lake Park will cover the most important rules in photography composition and explore why you need to both apply and occasionally break the rules!

Capturing amazing pictures

An example of good pictures. What camera and lens were used here?

The Composition Workshop is specifically designed to help enthusiastic digital photographers understand the artistic aspects of photography and composition rules such as Balance, Rule of Thirds, Simplicity, etc. It is ideal for people with digital cameras who want to learn how to take more dynamic pictures across a wide range of situations.

The Composition Workshop is a three hour session which includes a mix of classroom theory and practical instruction. Participants have opportunities for shooting photographs at Mill Lake Park, as well as reviewing and discussing their images with an instructor.

Even if you have had some photography classes before, this composition workshop will expand your artistic ability to capture better pictures.

HDR photo editing

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or visit our UPCOMING CLASSES to find out more about the workshops. Just follow the link below and register for Mill Lake Photography Tour, a morning of educational fun learning to compose more dynamic photos.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team


Event Venue Date
Beginners Photography Bootcamp High Street Office
  • February 2, 2023 6:00 pm
Vancouver Skyline at Night Totem Poles at Brockton Point
  • February 18, 2023 5:00 pm
  • February 24, 2023 4:00 pm
Landscape Photography Workshop Maple Ridge Dyke
  • April 1, 2023 8:00 am
Nitobe Garden Photo Walk Nitobe Garden
  • April 22, 2023 10:00 am
Digital Camera Crash Course 2023 High Street Office
  • April 29, 2023 9:30 am
LAC DU BOIS PHOTO TOUR Lac du Bois, British Columbia
  • May 5, 2023 4:00 pm
  • June 15, 2023 6:00 pm
Chasing Shadows High Street Office
  • June 17, 2023 9:00 am
Youth Summer Photography Program High Street Office
  • July 12, 2023 2:00 pm
Digital Camera Storage

Digital camera Maintenance Part 3

Digital camera storage and care

Last week we looked at how to clean the Camera Body in Part 1 and Cleaning the Lenses in Part 2. This week I’ll cover some guidelines and suggestions for caring for photography gear and how to store it safely, especially as we head into the cold and damp season. Correct storage of your digital camera equipment is important; electronic gadgets are very fragile in many aspects. There are an abundance of articles on the internet regarding this topic and many are very good, although they can be very long. I’ve outlined the most important topics with links to the original articles for further reading and study if you wish to know more.

Digital Camera Storage Tips:

Nikon put together a very informative and long article regarding digital camera storage. You can find the full article HERE. I narrowed it down to the most common areas of concern.

 Part I – Proper Care and Storage of Equipment Storage

  • When the camera will not be used for an extended period, replace the monitor cover, remove the battery and replace the battery terminal cover to prevent leakage and accidental short circuiting of the terminals.
  • To prevent mould or mildew, store the camera in a dry, well-ventilated area.
  • If you will not be using for long periods, store the camera in a camera case containing a desiccant. (Silica Gel is widely available) It’s recommended to take the camera out of storage once a month, turn the camera on and release the shutter a few times before putting the camera away again.
  • Do not store the camera case in a plastic bag, as this may cause the material to deteriorate. Note that desiccant gradually loses its capacity to absorb moisture and should be replaced (or restored) at regular intervals.
  • Do not store the camera with naphtha or camphor mothballs, or close to equipment that produces strong magnetic fields (such as televisions or computers), in areas subject to extremes of temperature, for example near a space heater or in a closed vehicle on a hot day, or in locations that are poorly ventilated or subject to humidity over 60%. This can result in damage to the sensor or CPU’s internally in the camera or lens.
  • Extreme temperature changes can also cause condensation inside the camera body.  When taking the camera from a very hot place to a very cold place (or cold to hot) place it inside an airtight container such as a plastic bag for awhile to expose the camera gradually to the temperature change.
  • Rechargeable batteries may be stored and recharged later, but all batteries will eventually weaken and no longer hold a charge.  At that time replacement batteries should be used. It’s recommended to always turn off the camera before removing the power source.

Memory cards Maintenance 

  • Format memory cards in the camera before first time use.
  • Turn the power off before inserting or removing memory cards.
  • Do not remove memory cards from the camera, turn the camera off, or remove or disconnect the power source during formatting or while data is being recorded, deleted, or copied to a computer. Failure to observe these precautions could result in loss of data or in damage to the camera or card.
  • Do not touch the card terminals with your fingers or metal objects.
  • Do not apply force to the card casing, or use the memory card for anything other it’s intended purpose. Failure to observe this precaution could damage the card.
  • Do not bend, drop, or subject to strong physical shocks.
  • Do not expose to heat, water, high levels of humidity, or direct sunlight

If you wish to read the full document CLICK HERE.

That’s all for now.  Stay tuned for our next part about additional precautions you should take to keep your digital camera happy. As the saying goes: “Happy camera, happy photographer”!

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

Aperture in Photography

Aperture in Photography

Part 1

Last week I discussed Shutter Speed as one of three factors to control exposure. For this week’s new series of articles I am going to cover the basics of Aperture.

What is Aperture? 

Let’s take a look at a definition of aperture from Wikipedia:

In optics, an aperture is a hole or an opening through which light travels. More specifically, the aperture and focal length of an optical system determine the cone angle of a bundle of rays that come to a focus in the image plane. The aperture determines how collimated the admitted rays are, which is of great importance for the appearance at the image plane. If an aperture is narrow, then highly collimated rays are admitted, resulting in a sharp focus at the image plane. If an aperture is wide, then uncollimated rays are admitted, resulting in a sharp focus only for rays with a certain focal length. This means that a wide aperture results in an image that is sharp around what the lens is focusing on. The aperture also determines how many of the incoming rays are actually admitted and thus how much light reaches the image plane (the narrower the aperture, the darker the image for a given exposure time). In the human eye, the pupil is the aperture.

An optical system typically has many openings, or structures that limit the ray bundles (ray bundles are also known as pencils of light). These structures may be the edge of a lens or mirror, or a ring or other fixture that holds an optical element in place, or may be a special element such as a diaphragm placed in the optical path to limit the light admitted by the system. In general, these structures are called stops, and the aperture stop is the stop that determines the ray cone angle, or equivalently the brightness, at an image point. In some contexts, especially in photography and astronomy, aperture refers to the diameter of the aperture stop rather than the physical stop or the opening itself. 

Sounds pretty complicated, right? But stay with me! In this series of articles I am going to cover the practical uses of aperture in photography rather than the scientific explanations.  In general terms, and for all types of photography, the aperture is the unit of measurement that defines the size of the opening in the lens, which can be adjusted to control the amount of light reaching the film or digital sensor. The size of the aperture is measured in f-stops.

Aperture in Photography

Aperture is a measurement unit for the opening of a lens.

In its most basic role the aperture controls the volume of light passing through the lens. As you can see in the above diagram, the lower the number (f-stop) the larger opening, which allows more light to pass through; the higher the f-stop, the narrower the opening, with less light coming through the lens.

How/where do I change the Aperture setting?

In modern digital cameras, you can control the aperture’s f-stops through camera body. If you set your camera to Aperture Priority (A, or AV), you set the f-stop by using the main command dial and the camera will then select the correct shutter speed and/or ISO to adjust the exposure.

In these photos I used different f-stops (high number/narrow opening and low number/wide opening); because I was in Aperture priority mode the camera adjusted the exposure by changing the shutter speed.

Aperture in photography

In Aperture priority mode you select the f-stop and camera selects the correct shutter speed or/and ISO

Aperture in photography

Aperture in photography controls the volume of light passing through the lens

This concludes the basic look at what aperture is and does. Stay tuned for Part 2 where we’ll look at some creative uses for aperture settings.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

Check our upcoming and new digital photography classes

Why Custom White Balance

Is White Balance very important in Digital Photography?

How to Avoid Colour Cast in Digital images?


Many photographers avoid using the White Balance (WB) setting in their camera simply because they think the camera can take care of it or, if necessary, they can make the color adjustment later in post processing. This can be true but there are certain variables which can cause an undesirable color cast in our images and sometimes post processing will not help us a lot (especially if you shoot in jpeg format or higher ISO).

In this article I am going to explain a basic definition of White Balance and give you some tips on when you should consider using a custom White Balance.

What is White Balance?

You’ve probably noticed when checking and reviewing your digital photos that at times images can have an orange, blue, yellow etc cast to them, although to our eyes the scene looked quite normal. The reason for this is that different sources of light have a different ‘color’ (or temperature). These differences in color/ temperature range from the very cool light of a blue sky through to the very warm light of a candle.

We don’t generally notice this difference because our eyes adjust automatically for it.  Unless the temperature of the light is very extreme a white sheet of paper will generally look white to us. However a digital camera doesn’t have the brain to make these adjustments automatically and will faithfully, accurately record for the predominant (and usually invisible to us) color temperature.


What is Auto White Balance?

Each digital camera has the data of thousands of images built into its processor. When you use any of the auto modes (Auto White Balance, Auto Exposure, Auto area auto focus, etc.) the camera compares the scene to the data of these images and selects the one that is closest. The result might be close or be quite far from accurate color and exposure.

You may have noticed that the newer digital camera take better photos. It is not because these cameras are better made, but mainly because the manufacturers add more data to the newer camera to use as references.


When should I use Auto White Balance?

That being said, if you have a newer digital camera, and are taking pictures with only one source of light, the Auto White Balance will create a decent image for you. If there are more than one source of light (e.g. daylight from a window and tungsten light of an indoor lamp) the chances are higher that your camera can’t make the right decision, which will result in a heavy color cast in your image.


How do digital cameras measure the White Balance?

Generally speaking, digital camera searches for 18% grey in the scene, and whatever resembles closest to 18% grey will be used as a reference to grey and the colors adjusted accordingly. This is why photos in a forest with no white or grey present in the scene will often end up with a deep green cast over your images.


Should I use auto or custom White Balance for every single photo?

Here are three golden rules for when to use Auto White Balance:

1- You have a newer digital camera

2- You have something white or grey in your subject

3- You have one dominant source of light, not a mixture of light sources.


If none of these apply, then a custom white balance setting would be a good option, especially if you shoot primarily in jpeg format.


What is a custom White Balance?

In custom White Balance you tell your camera what is white or grey and the camera will set the other colors for you. Your camera will remember this custom setting until you change it again.


Does this mean that I have to do custom White balance for each and every picture?

As long as the light source and its brightness stay the same you don’t need to change the setting. When you change location (for instance from shade to sun, or from one room to other room) you will need to redo the Custom White Balance.

Look at these photos and see how different White Balance settings can change the colours.

Auto White Balance

Auto White Balance


Fluorescent Preset White Balance

Fluorescent Preset White Balance


Custom White Balance

Custom White Balance



To learn more about Digital Camera Photography visit our  Upcoming Classes page to find a workshop that covers your questions.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

We scheduled Understanding Exposure Workshop for May 22. It is a two part workshop and we will cover Custom White Balance in detail in this workshop.

Digital Photography Bootcamp Abbotsford

Digital Photography Bootcamp Abbotsford

We are pleased to announce our Digital Photography Bootcamp will start on April 1. Digital Photography Bootcamp is an eight week program covering all the important aspects of digital photography.

Why should you consider the Digital Photography Bootcamp?

If you just got your first digital SLR camera, or even have had it for several months, Digital Photography Bootcamp will equip you with all the techniques that you need to operate your digital camera at its ultimate performance. In this workshop you will learn how to use different settings, such as Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, different Metering Modes, White Balance, ISO, etc.

What is the schedule for the Digital Photography Workshop?

We are going to have classroom sessions every Wednesday at our offices/classroom location. Additional there are two field trips included, one for day time photography and one for night photography. In each session you will have assignments to help you apply and further your understanding of the techniques. You also will have opportunities to discuss your photos with your instructor.

How successful can Digital Photography Bootcamp be for a beginner?

Because we cover the most important features of digital cameras as well as composition, you can easily take your photography experience to the next level. Just head to our Testimonial page and see for yourself how previous students describe their experience with our Digital Photography Bootcamp.

Here are some of the photos from our previous bootcamp students

Slow shutter night time photography part of our Digital Camera Bootcamp

Slow shutter night time photography part of our Digital Camera Bootcamp


Controlling shutter speed

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Night time Photography by Omnilargess Bootcamp students

Night time Photography by Omnilargess Bootcamp students


Night time photography is part of digital photography bootcamp


Night time photography is part of digital photography bootcamp


Panning is part of the Digital Camera Bootcamp.

Panning is part of the Digital Photography Bootcamp.

Photos from our previous Digital Photography Bootcamp

Photos from our previous Digital Photography Bootcamp

How many students are in this workshop?

There are eight spots offered for this workshop, with only four tickets still available at this time. We believe a small class size maximizes your learning experience. Please register quickly to secure your spot.

How can I sign up for the digital Photography bootcamp?

Simply follow the link below to register on-line or come and visit us at our office and we’ll be happy to help with the enrolment.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

New Digital Camera Bootcamp

Digital Digital Bootcamp for beginners

I want to let you know that our one day Digital Camera for Beginners workshop is sold out. If you are looking for another digital camera workshop for beginner to intermediate levels, I encourage you to check out our very popular Digital Camera Bootcamp for beginners. I recently rescheduled the start of this series of workshops to April, which gives you plenty of time to register for these workshops and make plans to join us.

What are the advantages of enrolling in Digital Camera Bootcamp?

Digital Camera Bootcamp for Beginners is an 8 week program. The classroom sessions will be held in our office location every Wednesday night from 6-9pm. This program is packed with practical exercises, hands on learning and two field trips. Each session includes assignments which help you apply the techniques you learn in classroom sessions to real life applications and solidify the process of learning new techniques.

Slow shutter night time photography part of our Digital Camera Bootcamp

Slow shutter night time photography part of our Digital Camera Bootcamp

Our Bootcamp for Beginners also offers two exciting field trips: one is all about understanding exposure and  composition to create a dynamic image; the second outing is the exciting world of Night time Photography and the instructor will walk you through the techniques of getting great night shots.

Night time Photography by Omnilargess Bootcamp students

Night time Photography by Omnilargess Bootcamp students

Why does Bootcamp for Beginners seem a bit expensive?

In reality it is not expensive at all – in fact it is the best value for your money because the cost of $400 is for eight workshops, which comes to only $50 per workshop!  We wanted to offer a practical and affordable commitment to help get you on a good path to better photography.

Is there a promotion or discount for Digital Camera Bootcamp?

Being part of our student group during the Bootcamp you save 15% on rental fees from our rental department. If there is pro lens, camera body, flash, studio light, etc. that you want to try during the Bootcamp course you can rent them and enjoy 15% saving on our reasonable rental fees.

Tickets are selling fast. Register today to secure your spot in Digital Camera Bootcamp for Beginners.  I look forward to seeing you there!

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

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