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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

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.

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Digital Photography Class – Six Week Program

A complete Digital Photography Class for beginners to intermediate photographers

Beginners Digital Photography Class

6 weeks program

Beginners Digital Photography Class (Bootcamp) consists of eight, three-hour sessions on Wednesday nights each week. 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.

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Learn Photography in Six Weeks

Digital Photography Class for beginners
Digital Photography Class for beginners

Digital Photography Class - Six Week Program Starts April 12th 2017

Session 1 (Wednesday April 12th 6-9pm):

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

Session 2 (Wednesday April 19th 6-9pm):

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

Session 3 (Wednesday April 26th 6-9pm):

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

Session 4 (Wednesday May 3rd 6-9pm):

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

Session 5 (Wednesday May 10th 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 May 13th April 12th 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 May 17th 6-9pm):

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

Session 8 (Friday May19th 6-9pm):

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

Prerequisites: 

Beginner. No previous photography experience required.

Class size:

Maximum 9 participants.

Photos from previous Bootcamp student

Omnilargess Digital Photography Bootcamp
Correct Exposure and right composition make amazing photos. Photo credit to Kati Gjertsen Photography (Our previous Bootcamp student)

Photos from previous Bootcamp student

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Omnilargess Night Time Photography Classes Photoc redit Margaret Bouwman

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Digital Photography Bootcamp

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Beginners Digital Camera Bootcamp April 2017

Announcing a second series of the Beginners Digital Camera Bootcamp 

Our January 2017 Beginners Digital Camera Bootcamp sold out quickly and there are still many enthusiastic photographers who want to learn about the wonderful world of digital cameras and photography.

I want to thank everyone for supporting our amazing digital camera classes and am excited to announce another chance to enrol in our popular Digital Camera Bootcamp. The next Beginners Digital Camera Bootcamp starts April 12th. Here are the details for you:

Beginners Digital Camera Bootcamp

April 2017 program

Beginners Digital Camera Bootcamp

Beginners Digital Camera Bootcamp starts April 12th 2017.

Beginners Digital Camera Bootcamp consists of three-hour sessions on Wednesday nights for eight consecutive weeks. All sessions include a mix of theory in the classroom, as well as practical instruction. Participants have opportunities for shooting photographs on two field trips, as well as reviewing and discussing their images with their instructor.

Session 1 (April 12th 2017 from 6-9 pm):

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

Session 2 (April 19th from 6-9 pm):

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

Session 3 (April 26th from 6-9 pm):

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

Session 4 (May 3rd from 6-9 pm):

Creative uses for aperture and shutter, depth of field and motion; selective focus/shallow depth of field.

Session 5 (May 10th from 6-9 pm):

Composition guidelines – rule of thirds, texture, color, point of view and seeing in shapes and forms; macro photography guide lines.

Session 6 (Saturday May 13th from 10am to 1pm):

Photo Field Trip (three hours of outdoor photography with instructor) including practical exercises, ways to refine composition and using camera controls. (Location to be announced)

Session 7 (May 17th from 6-9 pm):

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

Session 8 (Friday May 19th from 7-10 pm):

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

Prerequisites: 

Beginner. No previous photography experience required.

Class size: Maximum 9 participants.

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For information on the current line-up of all our workshops check our UPCOMING CLASSES pages for descriptions and details. And, as always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

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Photography Bootcamp Abbotsford

Photography Bootcamp Abbotsford

Only 3 spots left for this workshop!

We are pleased to announce that our New digital photography bootcamp will start on September 21st. Digital photography bootcamp is an eight week program and covers all the important settings in digital photography.

Photography Bootcamp

Daytime field trip is part of digital photography bootcamp. The field trips in this workshop help you to apply the skills and learn more.

Why should you consider the digital photography bootcamp?

If you just got your first digital SLR camera, or have had it for several months, digital photography bootcamp will equipped you with all the techniques that you need to operate your digital camera to it’s 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 Digital Photography Workshop?

We are going to have classroom sessions on each Wednesday night at our offices/classroom location. Plus we are going to have two field trips, one for day time photography and one for night photography. In each session you will get an assignment to apply the techniques. You will have a chance to discus your photos with your instructor.

Photography Bootcamp

Learn how to shoot in Manual mode and have more controls over camera settings.

How successful can Digital Photography bootcamp be for a beginner?

Since we cover the most important features in digital camera as well as the composition, you can easily take your photography experience to the next level. Just head to our Testimonial page and see it for yourself how our previous students describe their experience with our digital photography bootcamp.

How many students are in this workshop?

There are going to be only 9 spots available for this workshop. There are only 3 more tickets available at this time. Please register quickly to secure your spot.

How can I sign up for the digital Photography bootcamp?

Simply follow the link below and you can register on line or come and visit us at our office and we will sign you in. We love to see you! You can also visit our UPCOMING CLASSES to check our other workshops.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

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Manual Shooting Workshop

Manual Shooting in Field Photography 

Two part workshop for capturing better photos 

Field Photography needs specific know-how techniques. Manual Shooting in Field Photography is scheduled for June 18th  and all camera makes and models are welcome.

This is a five hour workshop in outdoor. You will learn how Manual shooting creates better pictures and how to set your camera for different light conditions, how to use correct metering mode, and the most important things, how to find the location and compose a photo.

Photography Tulip Field

Choosing the correct settings and a creative angle shows off the beauty of flowers so much more!

The Manual Shooting in Field Photography is completely hands on. We are going to walk around the field and apply manual shooting techniques in practical ways. It is a full five hour outdoor photography adventure with plenty of time to interact with your instructor and learn specific photography tips.

What is covered in Manual Shooting workshop?

We cover how to set the Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO for correct exposure, we also cover different metering modes, Custom White Balance, and how to check the exposure using Histogram. You will also learn how to use basic Rules of Composition to create more dynamic effects and fabulous pictures.

Manual Shooting

Set the exposure in Manual shooting and start looking for your subject and have peace of mind that the foreground or background won’t change the exposure.

Pre-requisite:

Must have basic knowledge of photography. Feel free to contact us if you have more questions. Check our Upcoming Classes for more Photography workshops.

Date: June 18th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Location: Omnilargess Office 209B-32900 South Fraser Way (Seven Oaks Shopping Centre), Abbotsford, BC


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Tulip Field Photography Workshop

Tulip Field Photography workshop

Our next Tulip Field Photography is on April 29th

We had our first Tulip Field Photography workshop on Friday April 1st and it went GREAT! The weather was gorgeous and everyone enjoyed taking photos of beautiful tulips.

Tulip Field Photography Workshop

Tulip field photography workshop on April 1st. Such an awesome weather for taking amazing photos.

In all Digital Camera Bootcamp classes I always mention the importance of the Histogram and why I recommend learning to use the Histogram to evaluate the exposure. On a bright sunny day it is next to impossible to preview photos on your camera’s small monitor let alone accurately judge the exposure. By using the Histogram, you can easily and reliably get feedback about correct exposure.

Tulip Field Photography Workshop

In a bright sunny day it is almost next to impossible to check the exposure using the camera display. Histogram is your best friend in such situations.

One of the reasons I encourage field trip workshops to my students is because it’s a great opportunity to learn practical uses of these hidden functions in real life photography.

Tulip Field Photography Workshop

Everyone is busy taking photos of tulips and trying new techniques!

Here are some photos by Jeff MacLellan. He sent me this photos and new techniques that he explored during the workshop.

The exposure and composition are main keys of creating awesome photos. Jeff found a good angel!

Our next Tulip Field Photography workshop is scheduled for April 29th. Gear up and join us for a great day of photography among these brilliant flowers of early spring. Just head on over to our UPCOMING CLASSES page and select the Tulip Field Photography workshop and follow the onscreen instructions to register; alternatively, you are welcome to visit our office during business hours to sign up for this wonderful class.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team


Here are some photos by Jeff MacLellan. He sent me this photos and new techniques that he explored during the workshop. Enjoy the pictures and register for our next Tulip Field Photography on April 29th.

Here are some photos by Jeff MacLellan. He sent me this photos and new techniques that he explored during the workshop.

Very powerful composition to show the beauty and texture in Tulips.

Here are some photos by Jeff MacLellan. He sent me this photos and new techniques that he explored during the workshop.

A creative use of Double exposure or Super Impose. Thank you Jeff!

Here are some photos by Jeff MacLellan. He sent me this photos and new techniques that he explored during the workshop.

Handsome model always makes a perfect picture. Here is proof! Good job Jeff capturing the essence of the day.

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Tulip Field Photography Workshop

Photography Workshops: Tulip Fields

From March 25 to May 1, 2016 is the Abbotsford Tulip Festival and I want to take the advantage of this fabulous opportunity by offering two field trip photography workshops dedicated to capturing the beauty of these colourful spring flowers. Participants will learn how to capture amazing photos by establishing correct exposures and finding the right perspective.

The Tulip Field Photography Workshop is 100% hands on and you will have time with your instructor in the field to discuss different skills and techniques. Taking photos of flowers may not seem too difficult because flowers are usually very pretty. But in fact there are certain rules and skills which will elevate “good” photos to a whole new level, for gorgeous images you will love to display with pride.

Photography Tulip Field

As you can see in this photo the flower is beautiful but the angle of the camera and/or exposure is not perfect

Tulip Field Photography Workshops are suitable for all levels of photographers and cameras types. Your instructor will give you an assignment which matches your camera and skill level, so everyone is welcome!

Photography Tulip Field

Choosing the correct settings and a creative angle shows off the beauty of flowers so much more!

Dates:  

Friday April 1 from 2-5 pm

Friday April 29 from 2-5 pm

Please select the date to register for the workshop.

Registration fee: $60.00 per person per day (Admission and/or Parking fees are included)

Location: Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Address:

36737 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, V3G 2H5

Please be prepared for spring weather conditions and bring a snack and water.


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A Simple Photography Hack for Flash Photography 

Necessity is the mother of invention.’ 

A Simple Photography Hack for Flash Photography

We have seen many articles and videos about life hacks and how to use a simple solution to make life either easier or more fun. During a recent family party I had an opportunity/need to make a hack for flash photography and the result was amazing. This was so much fun I decided to dedicate some posts to Simple Photography Hack which everyone can use and enjoy for taking better photos.

A Simple Photography Hack for Flash Photography 

A simple photography hack can make big differences in picture quality. Just Compare the images. Click on photo to see large image.

Here is the background story for you. On New Years Eve we had some friends at our place and everyone asked me to take photos (a natural request when at a photographer’s house is for impromptu great pictures!). I had my camera, a lens and the flash, but I had not taken home any of my light modifiers. Generally I don’t like to use direct flash because it is quite harsh and not flattering. What should I do? Should I tell them that I could not take the photos? It was not an option. So I began to think about ways to find a workable solution for softening the effect of on-camera flash.  And as the saying goes: “Where there is a will, there is a way”.

I quickly rejected my first option to bounce the flash off the ceiling, mostly because it could create shadows under eyes and chins.

A Simple Photography Hack for Flash Photography 

A direct flash. Notice the harsh highlights and shadows

A Simple Photography Hack for Flash Photography 

A bounced flash to ceiling. Notice the shadows on eyes and under the chin and neck

Next I started to look around the house and I found a small treasure right on our dining table.

A Simple Photography Hack for Flash Photography 

My beloved disposable bowl that saved the photos!

I quickly washed and dried the disposable bowl and the lid, with a plan to use them as a light modifier. I cut a hole in the lid wide enough to put my flash through and put the bowl upside down onto the lid and, voila!, I had a home-made Gary Fung diffuser! What was the cost? Zero dollars and as you can see by the sample photos, this simple photography hack makes a huge difference in the quality of the light.

A Simple Photography Hack for Flash Photography 

This simple photography hack for flash photography really worked like a charm!

That is all for now. If you know of any useful simple photography hacks, share them with us and the best hack will win a $50.00 Omnilargess Gift Card that you can use for our Upcoming Classes or Equipment Rental fees.  Stay tuned for further details!

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

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