DPReview TV: Waveforms are better than histograms (and stills cameras should use them)

“By now, most serious photographers are familiar with histograms, a tool we’ve used for years to judge exposure. But what about waveforms? In this episode, Chris and Jordan explain why this tool from the video world may be the best way to judge exposure for photos – and why still cameras should use them too.”

Commentary

This is not a bad idea as other tools formerly the exclusive province of video production have found a place in photography, such as exposure zebras, which is a much better alternative to the dreaded blinkies.

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False colour as seen on RED cameras, courtesy of Tom Huczek at timeinpixels, maker of the excellent False Color Plugin for NLEs and colour grading software.

Even better may be false colour, well illustrated in several different styles as provided by a range of cameras at Tom Huczek’s timeinpixels’ web page and video for its excellent and highly recommended False Color Plugin for a range of non-linear editing and colour grading applications including DaVinci Resolve and Final Cut Pro X.

As a documentary and portrait person, skintone-oriented false colour exposure functionality would be more useful than histograms and waveforms.

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