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Here I want to take a look at another important aspect of the Camera Raw interface, and that is the Histogram. Now, what I want to focus in on here in regards to histogram are these two icons that you can see in the top left in the right-hand corners of the Histogram. Now, these two icons can help us in regards to clipping. What clipping is is it shows where we have a loss of detail. Let me show you what I mean. Well, for example, here I have this wonderful photograph of my daughter and a couple of her good friends. They are up on a hike in the hills behind our house. What I want to do is, let's say, increase the Exposure.
Well, as I increase the Exposure, I don't necessarily know when I've gone too far. Now, visually it does look like I've gone too far, but I'm not quite sure. Well, if I analyze the Histogram I can see that yes, it looks like I have some information which is being clipped, or lost. Well, what I can do is I can actually click on this little triangle icon. That will then show me yes, indeed, this highlight here is telling me that this is a problem area. Well, in this case, now with that triangle clicked, I can simply click and drag to the left in order to bring that back down.
The same goes for the Shadows. If I click on this triangle icon here and go ahead and bring up my Blacks, we are going to see that that's showing me that I have an indicator of problem areas in these deeper black tones. In order to correct that, I can simply bring this down to where that indicator is no longer visible, showing me that I don't have any problems in these deeper shadow areas. Now, the other thing that we can do in regards to these two clipping indicator icons is we can press a shortcut. If we press the O key, it will toggle on or off the Clipping indicator, in this case for the highlights.
Let's go ahead and mess up this image a little bit and make an adjustment, which isn't good. I'll press the O key. You can see that it's toggling that on and off. The shortcut for the Shadows is the U key, press that, and there you can see I can toggle that one on and off as well. You can also press both keys at once. Then go ahead and make your adjustments to get the image in a little bit of a better place. That wraps up our conversation about the Histogram.
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