One of the first things budding photographers learn is how to read a histogram. And after mastering this knowledge, it feels pretty good to feel more in control of your images. So then what are waveforms and how could they be any better than using histograms?
In this video, Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake for DPReview are educating us on why waveforms are better than histograms. Waveforms are more prevalent in videography, where judging exposure on the fly needs more nuance and feedback to not blow a clip. The DPReview TV team argues, however, that all forms of imagemakers benefit from having this tool, not just video people.
One point that is made here is how hybrid cameras being released today are powerhouses in both stills and video. More videographers look to hybrid cameras to get started with shooting films, so why not give them the correct tool for the job with waveforms being included in the camera's software. And on top of that, if they are there for video, why not let have photographers have access to waveforms in stills shooting?
Watch the video above for a good demonstration on how to read waveforms and let us know in the comments if you agree that it's a better tool than histograms for judging exposure.