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Online: Histograms: How, When, and Why to Use Them

January 25, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Tuesday January 25th, 7-8:15pm • Online!

Recommended prerequisite:

Basic understanding of Aperture, Shutter, ISO & What Exposure is

Beginner Photography understanding

Instructor: Emily Hojnowski

Class Level: Beyond Basic

Below the course description (but before registration) will be a short explanation on how the class will run.

Are you tired of your photos being too bright or too dark? Maybe your photos look good on the back of your camera, but when you view them on your computer you realize your exposure was way off! Are you ready to understand what the histogram is and how to use it to take better pictures? Join Emily Hojnowski of Hunt’s Photo Education as we cover the ins and outs of histograms in photography. We’ll discuss how to read a histogram and use histograms in the field to achieve our best exposures. We’ll cover why histograms are so important and how we can use them to maximize our camera’s dynamic range. Emily will also show you sample images with histograms so we can finally answer the question: What does a perfect histogram look like? The answer may surprise you!

Overview of topics:

•What is a histogram?
•How to use the histogram to take better photos – Viewing histograms in Review mode, turning histograms on in live view
•How to read a histogram
•Why histograms are so important – dynamic range
•What does a perfect histogram look like (***Spoiler alert! There is no such thing!)
•Compare histograms vs the photo
•How to understand the difference between flat, contrasty, over and underexposed histograms

Registering and what is needed
After you register for this class, you will receive a confirmation email that will include information about how to access the online class, including an online ID code that you will need to get into the class. Make sure to save this information. We will also send a reminder email about 48 hours prior to the class time with that same information.

Layout of the class
The class will begin promptly at the time listed. The majority of the class–roughly 1 hour– will be a presentation on the topic, followed by a short Q&A. During the class, you are welcome to type in questions in the Chat box if you have specific questions as they are asked. We will do our best to answer those questions, but if not, feel free to ask them at the end.

“You Are Being Recorded” (And Other Note Related Items)
We will be recording this class! The video will be available for download about 24-hours after the class for all attendees, so don’t worry about taking unending notes. We will send this link attendees to download and rewatch at any time. In addition to this, we will generally send out a PDF of the presentation (when applicable) and handouts on the topic. If handouts and PDFs are included, we will send it out with the link for the video.

Can’t attend the class?
If you can’t attend the class but still want to download the video, no problem: Just sign up for the class! You don’t need to attend and we will send the video and PDF link the next day!

Want to get this class after it’s been run?
If you want to purchase this or any other of the classes we have done, you can certainly do so. Just send us an email at classes@huntsphoto.com and we can send you the invoice. (We prefer having folks in our classes, but this option is available as well if you want to see it!)

Register here
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January 25
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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