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Old Dec 22, 2003, 7:11 PM   #1
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If I understand correctly when you have a peak to the left your photo is underexposed. However, I like to shoot a lot of flash shots vertically meaning the flash crosses the subject(s) and I know you can get some shadowing by doing this. However, the histrogram is ALWAYS peaked at the left on these kind of pics, but they all look good to me. Any ideas on this. Thanks for any replies and happy holidays to all.
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Old Dec 22, 2003, 7:52 PM   #2
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If I understand correctly when you have a peak to the left your photo is underexposed. However, I like to shoot a lot of flash shots vertically meaning the flash crosses the subject(s) and I know you can get some shadowing by doing this. However, the histrogram is ALWAYS peaked at the left on these kind of pics, but they all look good to me. Any ideas on this. Thanks for any replies and happy holidays to all.
Are these pictures that are taken indoors or in dark shadows where the background is underexposed? If that's the case, you will have peaks to the left indicating loss of shadow detail. The foreground may be perfectly exposed, however.
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Yes, they are taken indoors with quite possibly dark backgrounds.
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Here's a good link for understanding histograms.

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tu...stograms.shtml
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I agree with ohenry. If the background is dark, but the subject is properly light then its quite possible that you'll have some large spikes on the left side of the histogram.

As a side note, there is no single "correct" histogram. You always have to evaluate them in the context of each picture.

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Thanks for all the help! Happy holidays, again, to all!
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