Know your Terms!

Hi there! I was starting to write this weeks blog and realized that I was using some photography terms that some of my readers may not have any idea what the heck I am talking about. So this week I have decided to write a mini dictionary to your equipment terms.


An example of a wide DOF

Aperture: The Adjustable Opening – F/Stop- of a lens determines how much light passes through the lens on its way to the surface of the camera’s sensor. Faster lenses have wider apertures which allow for faster shutter speeds. The wider the aperture is set, the shallower the depth of field of the image.

Depth of Field (DOF): The measure of how much of the background and foreground area before and beyond your subject is in focus.

DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex): A single lens reflex camera that captures digital images.

ISO: A number indicating an image sensor’s sensitivity to light. The higher the number, the more sensitive and faster the sensor is.



An example of a slow shutter speed

Shutter Speed: The length of time the shutter remains open when the shutter release is activated.

Shutter Priority: A metering mode where the shutter speed is fixed and the exposure is controlled by opening or closing the lens aperture.

Viewfinder: System used for composing and focusing the subject being photographed. Many compact digital cameras utilize LCD screens in place of a conventional viewfinder as a method of reducing the size of the camera.

Watermark: Is an image or an icon that is information that is embedded in the image data to protect the copyrights of the image.

White Balance (WB) : The camera’s ability to correct color cast or tint under different lighting conditions such as daylight, indoor, fluorescent and electronic flash. Many cameras also offer an Auto WB mode.

I hope this weeks blog wasn’t boring but educational! If you have any more terms that you would like to have explained, please comment or send me an email and I will get back to you! Enjoy the rest of your week and I will see you next week with a blog about Low Light.




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