Let’s see how much camera vocabulary I can fit into the alphabet. Photography A-Z is a fun exercise and post to test knowledge, feel free to do your own and tag me! The answer is way too much so I have cut it down to the basic words and their meanings. I do reach a little with X and Y, fall flat at Q and make interesting choices all over.
What words would you have chosen in your photog alphabet? Leave me a comment below!
The opening in the camera lens, that controls how much light enters the camera and how much of your image will be in focus.
The proportional difference between width and height. Typically 35mm film is 3:2.
Aperture Priority setting on a DSLR, sometimes written as A
This is a technique using the aperture setting to create deliberate out-of-focus parts. Known to describe the quality of the out-of-focus parts. Learn how to do it here!
This is where several shots are taken in short succession with various settings of the same subject. Usually, this is different shutters or apertures to create dynamic images.
If you have a crop sensor camera, it means that the digital sensor is smaller than a full frame. The photos will be more zoomed in than images taken at the same focal length in a full frame.
A brand that makes camera apparel.
Depth of Field
Relates to the focus of the aperture.
Digital Single Lens Reflex. What most digital cameras with a mirror in are referred to as.
The ratio between the largest and smallest values that a certain quantity can assume, such as light and dark, white and black.
How bright or dark an image is, refers to the combination of Aperture, Shutterspeed, and ISO.
Used on the end of a lens to add effects or help with certain photography techniques.
An external light source is used to add fullness and depth to a subject or assist in lighting.
The distance is measured in millimeters (mm) between the optical centre of the lens and the sensor of the camera when it is focused at infinity.
This is what Aperture is measured in
Digital equivalent of the standard film size of 35mm.
Originally grain was added during the developing process of the film with the silver solution, now an effect that can be added in editing.
Refers to a composition guide to make a picture desirable. It is a mathematical ratio – two quantities are in the golden ratio if their ratio is the same as the ratio of their sum to the larger of the two quantities.
High Dynamic Range. This can be achieved when using bracketing high and low values together.
A graph tool that shows tonal and exposure distrubution of pixels in an image.
The sensitivity of the digital sensor
A file format of high compression that can be used to store images.
The temperature measurement light is measured within the White Balance.
A brand of lenses that are perfect for mirrorless 4:3.
A brand under Panasonic that creates camera apparel.
Close-up photography of subjects that make them larger than life-size.
Half way there of the Photography A-Z!
A brand that makes camera apparel.
Distortions in an image made up of small dots
Neutral Density filters can be used in long-exposure photography, as well as in HDR bracketing.
This is what a camera lens is.
A lens with a fixed focal length. Common Prime lenses are 50mm, 85mm, and 400mm.
The Impossible letter – I have nothing for this one sorry!
A file type that most photographers shoot in. It allows a large storage of data without losing quality in compression.
Rule of Thirds
Read more about this rule here!
How fast the shutter of the camera opens and closes to capture an image. This is measured in fractions of seconds.
The name for a lens with a longer focal length.
An essential piece of kit for photographers who want to avoid hand shake in long exposure or portraits.
The short setting for shutter speed priority is also written as S on some cameras.
A filter used to protect lenses from the sun. This doesn’t change an image at all, just protects your lens!
Not photography… A recording of moving visual images, it uses the same base principles as photography with addition of movement and sound.
White balance is the camera setting that adjusts how colors are rendered in an image. This is measured in Kelvin (K). A camera has inbuilt presets for white balance. Represented by clouds, shade, sunshine, and interior light.
This one is reaching. When editing an image in post-production, you can use the vertical and horizontal axis of the image to fix distortion. The X-offset refers to the horizontal rotation of the x-axis.
Y – offset
Like the X-offset the Y-offset refers to the rotation axis to fix the distortion of an image in post-production.
The name some people call a telephoto lens with variable focal lengths.
26 letters later and we made it! If you want to read more about basic photography, feel free to browse my photography tips here!