The amazing similarities between music and photography

MUSIC - Low notes are shown on the left side of the scale. They represent the slowest vibrations of sound waves and are usually shown as darker shades when they are converted into colors.

PHOTOGRAPHY - Shadows are shown on the left side of the histogram and represent the dark shades of a photograph.

MUSIC - High notes are shown on the right side of the scale and are represented by bright, light tones of color.

PHOTOGRAPHY - Highlights in a photograph are on the right side of the histogram and include the lighter tones of color and exposure.

MUSIC - When the overall volume of music is beyond the capabilities of the speakers, you get distortion - the signal is too hot.

PHOTOGRAPHY - When a photograph is overexposed you get "blown out" highlights and lose detail.

MUSIC - If the volume is too low, you miss much of the nuances in the song and only get the general melody.

PHOTOGRAPHY - If the photograph is underexposed, you have too much darkness and miss the details.

 MUSIC - When you record multi-tracks, you add one layer on another, tweak each track individually with EQ and other sound effects. Then you mix the entire group into a single channel.

PHOTOGRAPHY - When you edit a photo, you also work with layers to enhance color, exposure, etc. Each layer has a unique purpose and is adjusted individually. Once the editing is complete, you merge the layers into one for the finished photo.



Looking across Mirror Lake in Firestone Park - Columbiana, OH. Every time I smell coal burning I think of ice skating on Mirror Lake as a kid and drinking hot chocolate in the pavilion.