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Learn how to read your histogram and nail your exposures: part 1

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Learn how to read your histogram and nail your exposures: part 1

John Mireles likes to say that there’s not a lot in the photography business that he hasn’t done in his 20 years in the business. He’s shot everything from fashion editorial to big budget advertising shoots to high-end weddings to family portraits as well as a wide range of personal work that runs from nudes to landscapes. His passion is telling a story through the subjects that he photographs. 

You can check out his advertising website here
His wedding photography is online here
His website for photographers is Photographers Toolkit (Be sure to sign up for his free Photographer’s Business Coach.)

MCP readers are very lucky – over the next 3 days John will be teaching you how to read and understand your histogram.  This in turn leads to better exposures and less post processing!  And knowing your histogram also is very important when using curves and levels. He really explains the histogram in an easy to understand way.  I hope you really enjoy and learn from this videos.

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33 Comments

  1. Ricster
    July 22, 2009 at 12:05 pm —

    CUT OUT THE BACKGROUND MUSIC! I guess it should be the Foreground music because it is more prominent than the instruction.

    What I got out of it was interesting but the music is annoying.

  2. July 22, 2009 at 10:02 am —

    Jodi – thank you for being so inspired to help us! John was so thorough. I can’t wait to see more tomorrow.

  3. July 21, 2009 at 10:43 pm —

    OMG, I am trying to perfect natural light photography, and I was just studying this, this past weekend, on different sites and youtube… How crazy, you were reading my mind…. Thanks so much for sharing. His explanation was the best thus far… Can’t wait til the next one..

  4. Colleen
    July 21, 2009 at 5:03 pm —

    Wonderful. Thank you! I’ll be back for the next lessons.

  5. Crystal
    July 21, 2009 at 4:14 pm —

    This is wonderful and I can’t wait to see the other 2 posts. Today’s video was about the extent of my knowledge, so I am really excited to learn the rest! Thanks for everything Jodi…you are SO AWESOME!

  6. July 21, 2009 at 3:54 pm —

    those textures are awesome! thank you SO, SO much!
    i’m LOVING them!

  7. Brendan
    July 21, 2009 at 3:37 pm —

    The sound was very bad on that video. The background music was too loud for the voice.

  8. July 21, 2009 at 2:56 pm —

    This is one thing I have never understood. I appreciate the basic explanation and am so looking forward to the next part of this series!

  9. July 21, 2009 at 2:47 pm —

    Very informative and easy to understand! Thanks!! I do wish the music was not in the background though since it was distracting!

  10. Maria Black
    July 21, 2009 at 2:31 pm —

    Thank you! I’m so glad I’ve found this site!

  11. Julie
    July 21, 2009 at 1:24 pm —

    I’m sure this is very informative, but I couldn’t watch it. The music is very distracting. I couldn’t concentrate on anything he was saying.

  12. July 21, 2009 at 1:02 pm —

    am I the only one that can only hear music and no talking??

  13. July 21, 2009 at 11:06 am —

    Great information! Can’t wait to see what else he is going to teach us!

  14. July 21, 2009 at 10:51 am —

    I’m looking forward to the next installments. Thanks for doing this series.

  15. July 21, 2009 at 10:39 am —

    can’t wait to see the next one!

  16. July 21, 2009 at 10:04 am —

    Can’t wait to get home and watch this (video blocked at work). I have been working on nailing my exposure lately and am very open to better ways to accomplish that.

  17. July 21, 2009 at 10:02 am —

    Thanks so much, can’t wait for the next lesson 🙂

  18. July 21, 2009 at 9:55 am —

    Very nice explanation! can’t wait for the next installments to add to this!

    Thanks Jodi!

  19. Judie Zevack
    July 21, 2009 at 9:31 am —

    This was great Jodi, Thanks!!!

  20. July 21, 2009 at 9:05 am —

    Thanks, Jodi! I’m looking forward to this!

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