Photography Glossary- Q through Z

Tah-dah! The end….we’re finally here. Today we’ll finish up with photography terms from Q to Z. Obviously these are not ALL of the terms out there. That would take up far too much room! I have just picked out the more important terms. Quartz Date-Digital clock that can print the date and/or time on the film or between frames. RAW- This is a file format, it isn’t really an acronym for anything. It is basically unprocessed data, and are often known as digital negatives. Resolution- The ability of the camera to detect and distinguish fine details. Rule of Thirds- This … Continue reading

Photography Glossary- M through P

Megabyte (Mb)– A unit of computer memory. One megabyte is 1024 kilobytes. Mega pixel (mp)- One mega pixel is equal to one million pixels. “Mega pixel” is really more of a marketing term than anything else, since it is easier and sounds better to say that a camera has, say three mega pixels, than to say that the sensor records images that are 2160 by 1440 pixels. There is usually a difference between the total number of mega pixels and the effective mega pixels. It’s important to know that this is NOT the only factor in image quality. The size … Continue reading

Photography Glossary: G through L

Today we will continue our Photography Glossary. Gamma– Gamma is a measure of contrast. The higher the gamma value, the more contrast the material (photographic material) will have. Ghost Images– These are bright spots of light that appear in the viewfinder or the final photograph. They usually take on the shape of the aperture. This tends to happen when the lens is pointed towards a bright light. Grain- Grain is tiny metallic silver deposits. Tht random nature of these deposits can lead to graininess. Graininess- Sand or granular appearance of a photo. This effect tends to be more pronounced with … Continue reading

Photography Glossary- F (cont.)

Today, we finish up with terms beginning with F, then we will continue on, to G and H and the rest of the alphabet! Flare- This is light, which does not form an image, but reaches the film. A well designed lens will help cut down on this, usually with surface coatings. You can reduce the effects of flare on your pictures by keeping your lenses clean, and using lens hoods to help shield the lens from harsh lighting sources outside the image area. Flare is usually unavoidable if you are shooting towards the sun or any other strong lights. … Continue reading

Photography Glossary- F

This section is so large, it gets a couple of entries. There are lots of “F” terms in Photography. F Fill Flash- This flash mode combines flash and ambient lighting, but it doesn’t try to balance the two types. Filter- This is a colored piece of glass, or some other see through material that is placed over the lens in order to emphasize certain parts (like specific colors), eliminate or reduce certain elements, or to change the color or density of a scene, or in some cases certain parts of a scene. I discussed a couple of filter types in … Continue reading

Photography Glossary: D & E

Today I will continue with the Photography Glossary, with terms beginning with D and E. D Depth of Field- the depth of field is an area of sharpness in front of and behind the subject of the photo. This area depends on three factors; aperture, focal length, and focused distance. The wider the aperture, the longer the focal length is, and the closer the focus distance is, the less the depth of field will be. This is a very important element in taking great pictures. The simple way to explain it, is that the amount of distance between the nearest … Continue reading

Photography Glossary: B & C

B Setting- Many cameras have this “B” setting. This originally stood for “bulb.” In the early days of flash photography, before cameras were synchronized with the flash, and flash bulbs were used, this “bulb exposure” would hold the shutter open until the flash was fired. In modern cameras, the bulb setting tells the camera to open the shutter when you press the shutter release, and close it when the shutter release is pressed again, or to hold the shutter open until you release the button. You can use this setting to get interesting movement effects, such as cars driving down … Continue reading

Photography Glossary: Introduction – Letter A

There are so many terms that float around pertaining to photography, so I thought I would put together a glossary of common terms, so that you will know what I am talking about when I post certain terms. Please bookmark this page (Ctrl+D in most browsers) for future reference. These are certainly not ALL of the terms you will come across; I have included the most common. A Aperture- Also referred to as depth of field. The aperture is the hole that the blades of the iris or diaphragm of the lens makes. In some smaller cameras, the diaphragm is … Continue reading

A Day in the Life of a Relaxed Homeschooler with Teens

Some time back, I am my fellow homeschool bloggers all discussed what a day in the life of homeschooling looked like from our perspective. I wrote A Day in the Life of a Relaxed Homeschooler part 1 Part 2 , and Part 3 Valorie Delp Wrote A Day in the Life of a Highly Regulated Relaxed Homeschooler part 1 and part 2 Karen Edminsten gave a peek into her homeschooling life with More Charlotte Mason: An atmosphere, a discipline, a life. I highly recommend you read these posts. It has been several years since I wrote my “Day In the … Continue reading

Taking Fantastic Beach Pictures

Beach pictures are one of the most common type captured by photographers. Beaches are commonly the site of family vacations, weddings, honeymoons, intimate getaways, etc. Beaches are beautiful, that is why they are so often photographed. Beaches are also the site of many common photography mistakes. Here’s how to avoid them! First of all, avoid clichés. You don’t want beach pictures that look the same as every other beach picture out there. Forget the standard sunset shot….buy a postcard for that. Don’t make the mistake of taking a picture of the posed family members with the shadows blocking out their … Continue reading