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Blinkies vs. Histograms?

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3 years 10 months ago #3846 by Erin
New term for me "blinkies" - I've heard that some photographers never check their histogram and only rely on blinkies? What are blinkies? And how does this work compared to checking the histogram? '
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3 years 10 months ago #3852 by Julie Anne Moore
"blinkies" are just warnings to show you where the photo has lost information in highlights and shadows (i.e. where the histogram is clipping).

On my camera (Nikon d90), when I am previewing an image I click up and highlights that have lost information will blink.

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3 years 10 months ago #3859 by Conor Casey
I have never heard that term but I knew what Julie was describing.

I find "blinkies" most useful in camera raw or Lightroom where you can toggle them on and off via the histogram. They are most useful when used in conjunction with the histogram as opposed to being some "wonderful" replacement for the histogram.

I simply can't stand people who don't know how to/refuse to read the histogram. It is very important tool and actually stores a lot of important and useful information so it is well worth spending some time learning how to read it if you can't. Check out Greg's video on the histogram if you like:


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3 years 10 months ago #3863 by Bill
LOL must be the technical term. It refers to a setting that you can turn on that show what portion of a picture that is over exposed. It "blinks" on the portion of the image the is over exposed.

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3 years 10 months ago #3879 by Gregory Cazillo
Problem with the highlight warning indicators:

1. They are based on low resolution preview images, not RAW files.
2. Usually are triggered around 1 stop under the actual overexposure point, giving false positives.

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3 years 10 months ago #3908 by Bill
So is the Histogram is based on RAW file or JPEG preview?

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3 years 10 months ago #3909 by Richard
That's a great question! I have a d7000 and when I preview an image and press down...I think, it will blink the "absolute" pure white portions of the image. Or at least that's what I thought until I read some comments here. Ever since I watched Greg's video on histograms, I have ALWAYS looked at my histogram and my pictures' exposures have become far qualitative in terms of keeping data. Greg has some awesome vids. Check out his histogram/exposure one. It's awesome and is used in many other forums as well.

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