Photography cheat sheet: How to read a histogram

historgram on the back of a camera when shooting a landscape scene
(Image credit: Future)

Histograms are available on the vast majority of cameras and they are a simple way of looking at the tones in your image. If you've never used a histogram, or you're not quite sure what they're supposed to show, we'll explain more in this article.

Scroll down to the bottom of this page for a handy photography cheat sheet on how to read a histogram.

What is a histogram?

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Matt Golowczynski

The former editor of Digital Camera World, "Matt G" has spent the bulk of his career working in or reporting on the photographic industry. For two and a half years he worked in the trade side of the business with Jessops and Wex, serving as content marketing manager for the latter. 

Switching streams he also spent five years as a journalist, where he served as technical writer and technical editor for What Digital Camera before joining DCW, taking on assignments as a freelance writer and photographer in his own right. He currently works for SmartFrame, a specialist in image-streaming technology and protection.