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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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The Great Camera Debate 1

The Great Camera Debate, Part 1  

Which Camera is the Best?

All camera manufacturers claim that they make the best camera. But really, which camera is the best? It often depends on who you ask! In this article, I will shed some light on the topic of the excellent camera debate.

Which camera is ‘the perfect camera’?

The great camera debate

Which camera is the best? Big question!!

There is no such a thing as a ‘perfect camera.’ It comes down to the type of photography you do, your level of experience, and many other variables.

Before getting into this topic, I should make it clear I will not rate the manufacturers in any way. I want to share my experience with different camera groups and classes. As an instructor, I have had the privilege of working with various digital cameras. What I can say with 100% certainty is each camera has some pros and cons. As the saying goes: ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ and a pro or plus for me in one camera might be a con or negative for another photographer. It is the main reason why I will not judge the cameras; I believe it’s more important to have an excellent working knowledge of the menu system and settings specific to your type of camera. It helps when you understand the strengths and weaknesses of the tool you are using.

Establishing parameters of digital camera types

To start with, we need to organize the different types of digital cameras into groups. Just as we wouldn’t compare a Smart Car to a full-size SUV, I’ve classified camera types according to their size from small to large and into one of two groups for having either a fixed (permanently attached) or an interchangeable (removable) lens.

Fixed lens digital cameras

In this class/group, we have digital cameras with one attached lens, appropriately named because you cannot change the lenses, although some of these cameras come with long telephoto lenses (10X or more Optical Zoom).

1- Point and Shoot Cameras:

These cameras are usually small in size, with no interchangeable lens and very few accessories available for this category. Smartphones are in this class. Usually, you aim and shoot with no control over the camera’s settings or a minimal amount of controls. Point and shoot cameras are great for travelling and snapshots. They produce a decent picture in normal light conditions, but the results are often not as good when it is too bright or too dark. With a point-and-shoot camera, you are somewhat limited creatively because the camera makes most of your decisions.

The great camera debate

There are several different point-and-shoot cameras, even waterproof ones.

2- Compact digital cameras

These cameras are similar to the point-and-shoot cameras, with the advantage of having some controls for the settings, such as shutter speed, aperture, ISO, White Balance, etc. Some of these cameras are even capable of shooting RAW files. The image quality is usually far better than a point-and-shoot camera. However, the picture quality of these cameras can be less than ideal in low light or a too bright scene due to the small sensor size. Overall, the compact digital camera is my choice of small size camera because of improved image quality and various controls, which give me more creative options.

The great camera debate

Compact digital camera with lots of controls


The great camera debate

The above photo shows a compact digital camera with lots of optical zoom power.


The great camera debate

Here is a picture of a fixed lens compact camera

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Halloween Photography Tricks

These simple Halloween Photography Tricks will bring you good Treats

Halloween is just around the corner and we all want to have fun on Halloween night. And most importantly, we want to record the fun. In this article I am going to share some Halloween Photography Tricks, which can bring lots of good Treats (Pictures) this Halloween.

Wikipedia describe Halloween as: “Halloween or Hallowe’en (a contraction of All Hallows’ Evening), also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed”.

This is a complete description, but what does Halloween means to photographers?

Scary Light Disaster? No way. It brings us the best opportunity to create something different.

Dare to do Halloween Photography Tricks!

Halloween Photography Tricks
Always try something new. In Halloween try to take some photoshop actions to your pictures

Challenges that photographers face in Halloween

There are many challenges for us as photographer to capture the fun and feelings of Halloween traditions. One of these challenges is how to tell the story of the Halloween in photos and maintain the memories for years to come.

Halloween Photography Tricks

Taking Halloween pictures needs a change to your everyday photography rituals. The biggest change is Lighting. Using the dim and colourful light is part of the Halloween fun. Here are the tricks for you:

Start early and capture some of the preparation activities

Don’t wait for the nightfall. Start taking pictures as soon as the preparation starts. These pictures are the best asset for telling the story, as an album, or slideshow.

Start early

Start early and take photos of preparation. These are part of your Halloween Story.
Start early and take photos of preparation. These are part of your Halloween Story.

Using Twilight

For best photos, try to use the twilight. All pro photographers agree that rich blue colour of sky makes a very impressive contrast with colourful costumes and Halloween decoration. Plan your day to use this amazing light effect.

Using Twilight

Twilight provides that deep blue colour in sky
Twilight provides that deep blue colour in sky

Avoid using the camera popup Flash

Using the camera’s pop up flash can really ruin your photos. It is a very small, yet intense light source that brightens the scene unnaturally and creates harsh shadows. The brightness of the flash will override the ambient light and will remove the feel of Halloween fun.

Use Auto ISO

Instead of using flash, activate the Auto ISO in your camera. By activating the Auto ISO, the camera tries to use the minimum possible ISO to capture the photo. After all, a little grain in Halloween photo can be interesting.

Using Higher ISO and Noise

Halloween Photography Tricks
Using Higher ISO creates grainy photos. This can be an interesting effect for Halloween photos

White Balance Setting

Auto White Balance works, but I suggest you use the Daylight (Direct Sun) White Balance preset to enhance the blue colour of night sky and it also shifts the other colours accordingly. I also suggest to use other White Balance presets, as they change the colours of the image, to explore new possibilities.

White Balance Presets

Halloween Photography Tricks
Use Fluorescent preset for White Balance and you get a very weird colour effect

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for our next article about Halloween Photography Tricks as I am going to share more tricks. That is all for now. As always we love to hear from you. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for Free tutorials and 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

Digital camera class
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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One day digital photography workshop

One day digital photography Workshop for beginners Fraser Valley

At this time and age, we all live busy and hectic lives that leave us exhausted at the end of the day. We try to think of some magic to rescue us from this vicious cycle, forgetting that simple solutions like creating some type of art for example can be that magical something we need.

In general, various types of art are the best gateways to take us to a relaxation mode and help us to refresh our creativity and face new challenges.

You do like digital photography, but ….

Photography is a form of Visual Art, and consists of two parts, Art and Technical aspects. You do like digital photography, but your busy lifestyle does not allow you to persuade your heart desire. You don’t have time to read the camera instruction manual, and watching videos don’t help either. So you decide to postpone your passion for later…

Omnilargess Digital Photography Workshop

Digital Photography Workshop
Contact us today! we can assist you learning photography and editing.

How does the statement above relate to you?

At Omnilargess Photography Classes we believe that everyone deserves a chance to follow their dreams in arts, and should be able to express their artistic view of life.

That is why all of our digital photography classes are developed around the modern busy lifestyles. We offer a variety of digital photography classes, and if your lifestyle is too busy to make a commitment to our photography programs, we have the right solution for you

digital Photography Workshop
Learn photography to unleash your artistic views

One-Day Digital Photography Workshop

Although we recommend Omnilargess Digital Photography Bootcamp as a complete photography workshop, if you can’t make the 6-week commitment, one day digital photography workshop is the perfect workshop that will definitely encourage and equip you with practical knowledge to follow your dreams.

A perfect exposure for a low key image
A perfect exposure for a low key image

Does reading camera’s instruction manual help you?

In almost all cases, reading the manual causes more confusion than understanding the camera’s setting. We developed the one-day digital photography workshop for artists who don’t have time to read the long and boring camera instruction manuals, but want to create beautiful photos.

Digital Photography Workshop
Reading books and manuals is good but hands on is the best way to learn new skills.

What is covered in this workshop?

One-Day Digital Photography Workshop is a full day photography workshop with a classroom session and field trip. It is scheduled for Saturday September 23rd from 10am to 3pm

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), and of course lots of questions.

One day digital Photography Workshop

Saturday September 23rd 2017

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New Camera? Decisions, decisions

Should you buy a new camera or invest in learning photography skills?

We often spend money on new gear with the hopes of better image quality but aren’t always satisfied with the results.

New camera can not take better photos!

Why is that?

The simple answer to this common experience is: digital cameras are just electronic devices with no reasoning capabilities. As smart as technology has gotten, it’s a mistake to let it make the decisions for you! As with any tool, your best approach is to learn what your digital camera can do for you and how you can take control over it. Have you ever felt overwhelmed by all the buttons and settings? Our workshops have one primary goal: to help you learn new skills in easy to understand steps. We also believe that hands-on experience is absolutely necessary in this process.

Learn photography and unleash the power of your camera

Mill Lake at night. Photo by Teresa Thomas from April Bootcamp workshop
Mill Lake at night. Photo by Teresa Thomas from April Bootcamp workshop

Does a simpler digital camera help you take better pictures?

Not necessarily. There are so many controls in today’s cameras that even very basic digital cameras have lots of buttons and dials!

Even smart phones can make good photos when you learn photography

I took this photo using iPhone. Composition makes this image beautiful. Composition is part of the Digital Photography Bootcamp.
I took this photo using iPhone. Composition makes this image beautiful. Composition is part of the Digital Photography Bootcamp.

Does reading the camera’s manual help?

Reading camera manuals rarely, if ever, help us become better photographers. Can reading through our vehicle’s manual help anyone become a better driver? New skills are best achieved by a combination of knowledge (theory) and application (practice).

Camera manual dose not explain when and why using different settings, it just explains HOWS

Spot metering
Using Spot metering to capture the details on particular part of the scene

Why Omnilargess Digital Photography Bootcamp?

Our goal is to open the world of photography to the average camera user, as well as to those seeking to expand into the professional realm. Start your journey here and get the tools you need to push your photography forward by gaining confidence in your camera and your own abilities.

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Photo credit to Donna George. Donna used all the techniques that she have learned in Digital Camera Bootcamp and shot such an amazing photo.
Photo credit to Donna George. Donna used all the techniques that she have learned in Digital Camera Bootcamp and shot such an amazing photo.

What is Omnilargess Digital Photography Bootcamp?

Omnilargess Digital Photography Bootcamp is a comprehensive program of eight sessions in five weeks, with three hours per session.

This series of hands-on workshops was specifically designed to help enthusiastic digital photographers understand the technical aspects of digital photography, exposure, and artistic composition rules so they can get the most from their digital camera. It is ideal for people with digital SLR or Mirror-less cameras who want to learn which settings are important, and how to adjust them in a wide range of situations. If this sounds like you or someone you know, consider joining us for the next Bootcamp starting May 31st 2017. Class sizes are limited for your maximum learning experience.  We’d love to see you there!

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The tangible benefits of education

Education allows you to tap into your creativity

Taking a photo is different than creating a picture. For example, all cameras can take a photo, but the creativity of the photographer makes the picture. Having the right education opens the door to creativity, especially in the visual arts.

Feedback from one of our students

Education Leads to success

Roy Webber recently took our Digital Camera Bootcamp. Soon after taking the Bootcamp workshop he posted this review on our Facebook page:
“Great investment. I have learnt so much! I recommend this class to everyone.”
Roy went on to enroll in our Lightroom class and recently sent me one of his photos which he proudly shows to everyone. He began by getting a correct exposure in-camera and then took the photo to the next level by editing the picture in Lightroom using Global and Local adjustments. Here is the photo.

Education
A testimony that shows education is very important, specially in Visual Arts.Photo credit Roy Webber

I think you’ll agree this image is very dynamic; I like how he used framing to successfully add depth to this image. I want to congratulate Roy on such an achievement in a short period of time and thank him for sharing his picture with us. We look forward to seeing more of your work!

Whether you want to learn photography as a hobby or as a business we are here to assist you. Check our upcoming classes to find a photography class or editing workshop which matches your needs and schedule. We also offer private photography lessons, a popular choice for busy lifestyles.
Many thanks to all of you for supporting us and sharing your successes along the way. We wish Roy Webber all the best on his new journey into the professional photography world.
Ted and the Omnilargess Team.

Omnilargess Photography Classes

Next Digital Camera Bootcamp starts April 12th

Digital Camera Bootcamp is an 8 week program for beginners to intermediates. It includes two field trips, one for day time photography and one for night photography.

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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

Omnilargess Night Time Photography Classes
Omnilargess Night Time Photography Classes Photoc redit Margaret Bouwman

Omnilargess Digital Photography Class

Digital Photography Bootcamp

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