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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.

Histogram

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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Histogram

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Beginner’s Photography Class: Shooting With Confidence

Beginner’s Photography Class: Shooting With Confidence 

As a new photographer, you most probably shoot in fully automatic settings. No wonder that you are not satisfied with your photos most of the time. Shooting in Auto mode is because of the lack of courage. Take the Beginner’s Photography Class, and start shooting with confidence in semi-automatic or manual modes to enhance picture qualities.     

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Learn Your Camera Then Shooting With Confidence.

Digital Camera Crash Course is a one-day beginner’s photography class. It consists of a classroom session in the morning and a field trip in the afternoon.

The classroom session covers the camera settings, Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO for more creativity. 

The field trip covers the skills for capturing the best outdoor images using natural light.

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Digital Camera Crash Course starts on Saturday, April 10, 2021, at 10 am and is our last class in our current office location!

Shooting With Confidence

Camera Settings
Photography is fun. Join us for exciting hands-on workshops.

This workshop is a great starting point to dive into the fabulous world of photography.

Shooting With Confidence

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Learn your camera settings for shooting with confidence.

Learn more about the Digital Camera Crash Course

Digital Camera Crash Course is an entry-level photography class covering everything, from camera settings to full-manual shooting.

All new photographers need a jump start to a successful photography experience. By learning camera settings, such as shutter speed and aperture, you can control the power of your digital camera. Therefore, you get the best possible photos to showcase your artistic views.

Whether you want to take better family photos or start a photography business, the Digita Camera Crash Course is the first step to your success.

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Understanding The Exposure

Understanding The Exposure in Photography for Beginners

Obviously, we all want to take better photographs, but let’s face it that sometimes it is not that easy as “point and shoot”! Understanding the Exposure in photography helps you to capture the best possible image each and every time.

For understanding the exposure, first let’s find out what “Photography” is and then talk about “Exposure” and the importance of Exposure in Digital Photography.

Understanding The Exposure

Wikipedia explains Photography as:

“Photography is the art, science and practice of creating durable images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation, either chemically by means of a light-sensitive material such as photographic film, or electronically by means of an image sensor.[1] Typically, a lens is used to focus the light reflected or emitted from objects into a real image on the light-sensitive surface inside a camera during a timed exposure. The result in an electronic image sensor is an electrical charge at each pixel, which is electronically processed and stored in a digital image file for subsequent display or processing.”

So photography is not just clicking the shutter and capturing the image. It has more technical aspects. One the most important techniques is Exposure. Let’s read what Wikipedia says about Exposure:

“Camera controls are interrelated. The total amount of light reaching the film plane (the ‘exposure’) changes with the duration of exposure, aperture of the lens, and on the effective focal length of the lens (which in variable focal length lenses, can force a change in aperture as the lens is zoomed). Changing any of these controls can alter the exposure. Many cameras may be set to adjust most or all of these controls automatically. This automatic functionality is useful for occasional photographers in many situations……..”

More Confused?

No kidding! These quotes from Wikipedia don’t help understanding the exposure any easier. As a matter of fact, as you keep reading you will find it more technical and difficult to understand. Don’t give up yet, stay with me and I will help you understanding the exposure completely.

What is a Correct Exposure?

Exposure is the most important part in Digital or film photography. Exposure can make a photo “Amazing” or “Junk”! A correctly exposed photo is a picture that shows the same brightness and contrast as human eyes can see in the scene. Here is a sample of correct exposed photo;

Correct Exposure

Correct Exposure is the main key in photography.
Correct Exposure is the main key in photography.

If exposure is too low, you’ll get an Under Exposed image:

Under Exposed

An underexposed photo is darker and does not have the same brightness and contrast as our eyes can see.
An underexposed photo is darker and does not have the same brightness and contrast as our eyes can see.

And if the exposure is too high, the result is an Over Exposed photo:

Over Exposed

Same scene, but overexposed image. Notice  the lack of contrast and colours.
Same scene, but overexposed image. Notice the lack of contrast and colours.

Controlling the Exposure

The total amount of light that reaches the sensor makes the exposure. We can control the total amount of light by using the Time or Duration of light (Shutter Speed), Volume of Light (Aperture), and Sensitivity to Light (ISO).

In this new series of articles I am going to discuss all the controls and how to use them. Stay tuned for these articles and as always feel free to contact us if you have more questions. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for new tutorials and tips.

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Omnilargess Photography Classes

We have developed many photography classes to make Exposure techniques easy to understand.

Digital Photography Class (Bootcamp)

A six week program for beginners to learn about Exposure and Composition. This program includes 2 field trips, one for day time and one for night time photography skills.

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Full Day Photography Class – Exposure Edition

A two part workshop for learning the Exposure and then field trip to try the new skills. It is a workshop for beginners and all cameras are welcome!

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Photowalk for intermediate to advanced photographer

This is a special workshop for intermediate to advanced users who want to master manual exposure techniques. It is a field photography class with lots of techniques to be discussed.

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Summer Photography Class Bootcamp

Summer Photography Class Bootcamp

A complete six week photography class for beginners to intermediate photographers

Spring Photography Class Bootcamp is already sold out. So we decided to announce our brand new Summer Photography Class Bootcamp.

6 Week Summer Photography Class Bootcamp Program consists of six, three-hour sessions on Wednesday nights each week and two field trips on a Saturday morning and Friday night. All sessions include a mix of theory in the classroom, as well as practical instruction. Participants have opportunities for shooting photographs on field trips, as well as reviewing and discussing their images with an instructor.

Session 1

Wednesday May 16th, 2018 from 6-9pm

Introduction to photography, how digital cameras work, digital photography workflow basics, auto focus versus manual focus, digital image optimization

Session 2

Wednesday May 23rd, 2018 from 6-9pm

ISO, Understanding camera setting modes and exposure controls, intro to using the Histogram.

Session 3

Wednesday May 30th, from 6-9pm

Metering methods, reading a Histogram, using manual mode, White Balance.

Session 4

Wednesday June 6th, 2018 from 6-9pm

Creative uses for aperture and shutter, depth of field and motion. Selective focus/shallow depth of field workshop.

Session 5

Wednesday June 13th, 2018 from 6-9pm

Composition guidelines – rule of thirds, texture, color, point of view and seeing in shapes and forms, and Macro Photography guide line.

Session 6

Saturday June 16th, 2018 from 10am-1pm

Photo Field Trip (three hours of outdoor photography with instructor). Practical exercises and refining composition and camera control. (Location to be announced)

Session 7

Wednesday June 20th 2018 from 6-9pm

Review field trip images, and Night Scene Photography guide lines.

Session 8

Friday June 22nd, 2018 from 7:00-10:00pm

Photo Field Trip for Night Scene Photography. Please bring your tripod. (Location to be announced)

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Course suitable for:

If you just got your first digital SLR camera, or even have had it for several months, Omnilargess 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..

Workshop Outcomes

* Learning Camera Lay out and settings

* Understanding ISO, Histogram, Shutter Speed, Aperture, and White Balance

* How to capture action shots, portrait, landscapes, and family photos

* Artistic compositions by applying or breaking composition rules. And many more!

What to Bring

All you need is your digital camera, lens, memory card and lots of questions!

Prerequisites:

Beginner. No previous photography experience required.

Class size: Maximum 9 participants.

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Picture Enhancement

In-Camera Picture Enhancement

Almost all digital cameras have some builtin incamera picture enhancement. It is advantageous to learn about this creative feature in digital photography, mainly if you shoot jpg and don’t want to do any post-processing.

I am going to call it “Picture Enhancement,” as it is the right name for this function. But camera manufacturers use different names for it! As an example, Nikon calls it “Picture Control,” Canon names it “Picture Style,” and Sony uses “Creative Style”!

You may ask why different manufacturers use different terms for the same functionality. And my honest answer is: “I don’t know! Maybe they use different algorithms. But one thing is for sure; they cause more confusion.

What does Picture Enhancement do?

Generally speaking, picture enhancement consists of several pre-settings, such as Neutral, Portrait, Landscape, Vivid, etc. These preset apply a certain amount of Enhancements, such as Sharpening, Saturation, Contrast, etc. to the image.

Each manufacturer uses different terms for these pre-settings.

Different name for same feature!

In-camera Photo Enhancement
Different manufacturers use different names for Picture Enhancement

What are the uses for Picture Enhancement?

Picture Enhancement is a function that provides image styles preset in the camera, to help you achieve your photographic and artistic visions. Depending on the model, and make of your camera, there are 6 to 13 styles, such as [Landscape] and [Sunset], are available and can be used in the P/A/S/M-modes.

With digital images, you can create different impressions of the same subject by controlling various parameters of the camera, such as tones and depth of colour, brightness, contrast, and sharpness.

Picture Enhancement allows you to easily finish up the image just the way you want, by maintaining the optimal balance among these various parameters.

Picture Enhancement: Neutral Vs Vivid

Using Vivid as picture enhancement in cloudy day creates pleasing effect.
Using Vivid as picture enhancement in cloudy day creates pleasing effect.

What are the most popular presets?

As I mentioned before, there is a variety of these presets. The most popular ones are:

Neutral:

The saturation and sharpness are lower for shooting images in subdued tones. Therefore, it is also suitable for capturing image material to be modified with a computer.

Vivid:

The saturation and contrast are heightened for shooting striking images of colourful scenes and subjects such as flowers, spring greenery, blue sky, or ocean views. I also suggest using this Vivid setting for photographing in overcast days, as it enhances the doll colours and make them more pleasing.

Portrait:

For shooting the skin colour in a soft tone, it is ideally suited for shooting portraits.

Landscape:

The saturation, contrast, and sharpness are heightened for shooting vivid and crisp scenery. Distant landscapes also stand out more.

How to use Picture Enhancement?

Just select the style suitable for the theme or scene you want to convey, and the flexibility of your photographic expression will be significantly expanded. Furthermore, this particular function even lets you incorporate your artistic intentions based on the selected style.

Can you customize Picture Enhancement settings?

In many digital cameras, you can customize these pre-settings or create your pre-settings. I strongly suggest to use the presets as a starting point and tweak them to your taste.

Do you want to take better pictures this Summer?

Omnilargess Photography workshops focus on many hidden features in digital cameras and editing software. These hidden features assist photographers in taking their photography skills to the next level.

I dedicate a good portion of our digital camera workshops and Editing classes to discuss these hidden features.

Digital Camera Crash Course is one of our most popular photography courses. This two-week program is in four sessions, and each session consists of theories and hands-on practices.

Our next Digital Camera Crash Course starts on September 26th, 2020. There are only a few spots left.

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Omnilargess Photography workshop - Bootcamp Program

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Fall Outdoor Photography Workshop

Outdoor Photography Techniques Fall Edition

Autumn is all about crisp fresh air and amazing colours. Photographers love Fall when mother nature beckons to us with the beauty of landscape. As with other types of photography, there are some fine techniques and tricks involved in great Fall outdoor photography.

Now let’s take a look at one of the techniques which is very useful in Fall Outdoor Photography. It is called SIMPLICITY.

What is Simplicity?

In the picture below I walked around the tree to find a more simple background for the leaves to show.

You notice the colour and texture of the leaves, and nothing in the background distracts you from the beauty of the leaves.

Fall Outdoor Photography Tip

Fall Outdoor Photography Workshop is all about setting the exposure right and capture fabulous photos.
Fall Outdoor Photography Workshop is all about setting the exposure right and capture fabulous photos.

How to apply Simplicity?

There are many different ways to apply simplicity to your photos. You can use shallow depth of field:

Shallow DOF

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Shallow Depth of Field is very useful in Fall Outdoor Photography

You can walk around the subject and change the angle of view of the camera:

Fall outdoor photography workshop
Change camera position for better view of the subject

Or simply change the camera orientation:

Camera Orientation

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Camera orientation changes a busy background to a simple one!

Fall Outdoor Photography Workshop Field Trip

October 14th

The Fall Outdoor Photography Workshop has developed to equip you with these techniques and tips. This is a full day outdoor photography workshop, where you learn how to set your camera for a variety of light conditions using different metering modes and exposure settings to maximize your chance of capturing beautiful pictures.

Fall Outdoor Photography workshop is for beginners to intermediate photographers. All camera and makes are welcome in this class.

We are going to have more of these Outdoor Photography Techniques in our workshop and plenty of opportunity to practice them. Check our Upcoming Classes  for more information and as always feel free to contact us if you have any questions. That’s all for now. Stay tuned for more outdoor photography tips!

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Best Digital Camera Class

Why Omnilargess Bootcamp is the best Digital Camera Class for beginners

Digital cameras may look too complicated, and in fact they are, if you wish to learn the technology of digital imaging. But in almost all cases you just want to learn how to take better photos using your digital camera to its potential.

I have looked into many books and videos and found out that most of them are more confusing than helpful for a beginner.

Omnilargess digital camera Bootcamp is specially developed for beginners. Digital camera Bootcamp is an interactive program. Our content evolves around the new technology and we apply constant changes to the bootcamp contents to cover new improvements of new digital cameras technology. And it is the main reason that Omnilargess Digital Camera Bootcamp is the best Digital camera Class!

Here is a testimony of one of our previous student:
The workshop (Bootcamp) was very well done. Ted is an excellent teacher and was careful to ensure that everyone had answers to their questions. The size of the class of excellent and was a very comfortable group.
The repetition required to better understand our cameras was very beneficial.

Luella Johnsen

What is covered in Digital Camera Bootcamp?

Generally speaking there two main areas in photography, Exposure and Composition. In digital camera bootcamp we cover both topics. In first two sessions you are going to learn your digital camera terminology, layout, and how to navigate the digital camera menu. You also learn how and why you shouldn’t use the Auto exposure mode anymore!

Digital Camera class

Digital Camera class
Learn the limitations of your camera

Then we get into different Exposure Modes (Shutter or Aperture Priority, and Manual). Your instructor will explain each modes in depth and will show the advantage of each mode over the others.

Shutter Priority

Digital Camera class
Entry level DSLR camera can be the best camera for you when you learn how to control it. Image captured by Nikon entry level DSLR by Natalie S. after taking our bootcamp workshop.

Aperture Priority

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You can create awesome photos each and every time when you control the setting on the camera. This photo was taken in Aperture Priority.

Is there a hands on part in this program?

I am very glad that you asked. In each session you are going to exercise the new techniques and your instructor will guide you through the process. You will also get assignments for each session. Digital Camera bootcamp is complete program which includes two field trips as well, one for day time and one for night time photography techniques.

Field trip Photography

Digital Photography Workshop
Reading books and manuals is good but hands on is the best way to learn new skills.
Omnilargess Digital Camera Class
Outdoor field trip is part of our Digital Camera Bootcamp

Do you have more questions?

Digital Camera Bootcamp Fall Program

Check Omnilargess Digital Camera Bootcamp Fall program page and as always feel free to contact us for more details. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for upcoming tutorials and tips.

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ExpiredFall Outdoor Photography Field Trip
  • Morning session
    October 14, 2017
    9:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Afternoon session
    October 14, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Event Phone: 604-744-1900

To achieve outstanding results in outdoor photography you need to consider Exposure, Light, and shadows. You also need to achieve the correct colours. Fall Outdoor Photography class will equipped you with these techniques to capture your envisioned pictures.

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Address:
32320 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, V2T 6N4

Description:
Clearbrook Library Entrance

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