Histograms in digital photography — Photography podcast #41

Pho­tog­ra­phy pod­cast #41 offers a primer on his­tograms in dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy. A his­togram is just a graph show­ing the dis­tri­b­u­tion of tones in a pho­to­graph. We dis­cuss how to ‘read’ his­tograms and how much atten­tion we should pay to them.

Images cour­tesy of cambridgeincolour.com

The images above reveal the his­tograms asso­ci­ated with them. Notice how in the right pho­to­graph there is still tex­ture in the white in the dog’s face and in the sand. If the his­togram was closer to the right edge we’d lose detail in the dog’s face and start los­ing detail in the sand.

Pho­tog­ra­phy links men­tioned in this pod­cast:
More in depth his­togram expla­na­tions:
HDR Pho­tog­ra­phy

Thanks as always for the com­ments and sug­ges­tions. We LOVE com­ments and sug­ges­tions so please send more.

You can down­load this pho­tog­ra­phy pod­cast directly by click­ing the pre­ced­ing link or lis­ten to it almost imme­di­ately with the embed­ded player below.


  1. DanB says:

    Hi Marko,
    I’ve down­loaded a num­ber of your pod­casts over the last cou­ple of days and they are fan­tas­tic for a begin­ners like me. You are clear, pas­sion­ate and pick top­ics which I’m curi­ous about. Look for­ward to catch­ing more of the pod­casts and keep up the good work.

  2. photodog says:

    Good pod­cast!!! His­tograms have always mys­ti­fied me and now I’m clearer on the topic. I’ve also lis­tened to a few more of your pod­casts and they are very well done. Thanks for tak­ing the time to do them.


  1. […] Links men­tioned in this pod­cast: Tran­script to pho­tog­ra­phy pod­cast #1 — being aware of the back­ground His­tograms in dig­i­tal photography […]