Assignment 1: Where’s the histogram?

A histogram is a graphical representation of the tonal distribution in a digital image. It plots the number of pixels for each tonal value. Photographers use histograms as an aid to show the distribution of tones captured, and whether image detail has been lost to blown-out highlights or blacked-out shadows.

Does your camera allow you to view the histogram for a photo? Do you know how to display the histogram on your camera? Add a comment to this post describing how to view the histogram on your camera. Use this format:

  • Type of camera: [the make and model of your camera]
  • Steps to display the histogram: [the sequence of menus or button presses to display the histogram]

Feel free to ask questions or make comments to other learner’s posts.


3 thoughts on “Assignment 1: Where’s the histogram?”

  1. Type of camera: iPhone 4
    Steps to display: I have an app called Live Histogram. It uses the iPhone camera and displays the histogram as you are composing your shot.

  2. Type of camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-S40
    Steps to display: I have flipped through all my menus and can not find any way to view a histogram. Does anyone have any suggestions?

    1. I took a look at the online version of the manual for your camera. If the index is to be believed, there is no mention of being able to view a histogram. Sorry.

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