Histogram vs. Exposure Meter

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Histogram vs. Exposure Meter

I've heard that using a histogram is the way to go, but I've never tried. I've never attempted to learn, because the meter was just so simple. Now I'm thinking I should try jumping into it.
I'm wondering, what do you use, and why? What are the pros and cons of both? Any tips for learning to read a histogram?

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We used to have an awesome tutorial on this topic, but I can't find it anymore. Smile

However, I found this one on-line and it seems to cover a lot of the material with lots of screen shots, etc to explain along the way.

http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/photo-effects-tutorials/using-your-cameras-histogram-to-take-better-digital-photographs/

Maybe other folks might know of some good sites, but at least this should get you started.

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GiGi

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I use a combo of light meter, histogram, and blinkies. Lately, though I've been using blinkies to identify blown spots. But, the histogram and the color histograms are much more reliable for checking exposure. I personally try to over expose my images, that tends to lead to less noise, if using higher ISO (which I do a lot these days for personal stuff).