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Questions about specific terms used within photography

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What does it mean when 'HD' is printed on a lens? [duplicate]

Do the two letters mean High Definition? Are they called HD lenses? How do they differ from normal (SD?) lenses? Please include a plenty of details in your answer..
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How does “Unity Gain ISO” differ from Native ISO?

Native iso is "the sensitivity you get without amplifying the analogue signal you get from the sensor". Unity gain ISO is "the ISO of the camera where the A/D converter digitizes 1 electron to 1 data ...
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What is still life photography?

As the question says, what is still life photography? Are there any 'rules' as to what it can feature? i.e., what sort of subjects? Does it need to be 'artistic' or to have a particular style?
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How can I explain focal length to someone who isn't into photography?

Context So my friends and family are curious about how far my lens can reach. I usually explain with focal length and show them a few pictures. Question Is there any easier way to explain what ...
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Are all fixed-lens cameras mirrorless?

As far as I can tell, consumer interchangeable-lens cameras are all categorized as single-lens reflex, rangefinder, or mirrorless. I feel like I never see these classifications used, though, for ...
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What is a “3/4” picture and what makes it 3/4?

I have seen 3/4 mentioned a lot but no one bothers to say what exactly is 3/4. I googled and got many portraits with people that angle their body to the camera, but that definition may include more ...
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Is there a list of technical terms for angles shots are taken at?

I'm dealing with digital product (packaged goods) photos, and the data I get includes descriptions like "front", "front side right angle", "front side left angle", "top", "right", "left", "bottom", ...
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What is Nano USM and how does it compare to an STM or USM lens?

The Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM has a designation of Nano USM on the lens. What does this mean? What are the advantages of having it vs STM or USM? We have a terminology thread that usually ...
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Is there a term for the area that a lamp lights?

Is there a term for the area that a lamp lights up? As in, the headlights on a car are small, but the area that they illuminate is large. I understand that distance to a surface would also be a ...
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Since it's not “focal length”, what is the term for the distance at which things are in focus?

I was under the impression that the “focal length” of a lens is the distance at which stuff appears in-focus. (E.g., perhaps I set the camera so that objects 3 meters away appear sharp, ...
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What do panning, tilt, etc., mean in the context of camera movement?

Panning is along the yaw/vertical axis, right? Tilting is along the pitch/lateral axis, right? Dutch/rolling is along roll/longitudinal axis, right? But, in the context of movement, Panning is lateral ...
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What is a “losee file format”?

I am wondering what a "losee file format is". I came across the term in my photography class book The exact question in the book is: Which of these file formats are considered losee? Does that ...
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What is the difference between “color” and “tones”? [duplicate]

I am working through the Teach Yourself Photoshop book. I opened up a NEF file in Adobe Camera Raw. In the text it says: By shooting in raw you capture more information about the colors and ...
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What category would pseudo-glamour photos go in? [closed]

These photos seems to be semi-sexual, but without the in-your-face feel that most glamour photography tends to have. As if they've been toned down in subject matter. It's not exactly fashion either, ...
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What does “linearization” mean in RAW processing?

I would like to ask about the linearization in RAW processing. What does this term "linearization" mean in the theory of RAW-processing ?
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What kind of microfibre cloth is the lens-wipe? [closed]

I wish to know what exactly is the microfibre cloth used to wipe lenses. How does one describe this material?
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What kind of lens do I need to get more of the scene into the frame?

I apologize for my lack of photography terminology. I am a beginner who enjoys taking pictures of my infant, and I would like to improve greatly. With the winter here and doing all my pictures ...
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What is “hybrid AF”, and how does it compare to other autofocus technologies?

I've heard of some new cameras — particularly mirrorless cameras — with a feature called "hybrid autofocus". What does this mean, and how does it relate to the traditional approaches of contrast and ...
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What is the “airy disc”, in simple language?

In my understanding, this is relevant to photography because if you are shooting light of a certain wavelength (or primarily so, and such as: a blue scene), your aperture size can affect the sharpness ...
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What is the difference between “dual aperture camera” and “dual camera” on a phone?

What is the difference between a "dual aperture camera" and a "dual camera"? As far as I know, a dual aperture camera has two 2 apertures (IR sensor) and 2 cameras.
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What is the style of photography called where the objects in the photo are not relevant?

I'm taking many photos where I'm mostly interested in lighting, color, forms. What makes up the image, in terms of objects, is largely irrelevant. An apple could just as well be a red ball, a bush ...
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What is the style of photography employed by Ka Xiaoxi?

The photos by Chinese pro photographer Ka Xiaoxi in this article seem to all have a very bright harsh flash going off. (More work by the same artist for Nike; also see his web site.) Typically for my ...
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What does it mean when a TV “supports HDR”?

I am a bit confused about how HDR (on TV) works. The way I see it, multiple images of the same frame are used to create one image which shows better details in low-light and high-light areas of the ...
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What is the root of “El bokeh wall” naming?

I've found that bokeh wall in some sources is referred as El Bokeh Wall. I wonder: why is that? Searching gives no answer. Is it in spanish or something else? Example of using "El Bokeh Wall": ...
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What is “photo paper”?

I've heard of photo paper, and I assume it's better suited for printing photos, but in what way? And what is photo paper in the first place? If I buy high GSM (like 250) paper of matte, semi-glossy ...
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What is split toning?

What is split toning? Some questions that seem highly related to the strict definition and might fit into an answer include: Why is the technique used? Is it achieved differently for digital vs ...
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What's a series of pictures called? Not montage, collage etc. — something from National Geographic

I'm not talking about a collage, montage, slideshow or any form of video or time-lapse. It's a word I had read on some page of the National Geographic site but forgot. The series tells a story of a ...
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What is it called when a camera generates files with more megapixels than the actual sensor provides?

I found in many Android devices that the "real array size", which is the actual pixel count of the camera sensor, is lower than the 4:3 Max picture the user can take. For example: Sensor Array = 1616 ...
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Is there a technique for combining multiple images to create a sharper result?

I've been experimenting with photogrammetry for a while, and the main hurdle I keep tripping over is the clarity (lack thereof) of my images. Rather than spend a lot of money on a better camera, I'm ...
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What makes the Foveon X3 a “direct” image sensor?

In marketing materials mentioning the Foveon X3 sensor, I usually see it referred to as the "Foveon X3 direct image sensor" (example): I understand how the Foveon X3 sensor works (stacked ...
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Why is it called “macrofocus” and not “microfocus”?

Typically, when referring to an image of a small object, or just something small, the prefix 'micro' is used. For instance, a tool to look at tiny objects in clear focus is a microscope. A device that ...
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How are “Tele Photography” and “Candid Photography” different for a wedding?

For wedding functions, are "tele photography" and "candid photography" the same? If not, what are all the similarities and dissimilarities?
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What is this plastic ring called on a tripod and can I get a replacement?

I have a Hama Compact Traveller Tripod in which the plastic ring that inserts where the tripod head and metal tube goes is broken. Is it possible to get a replacement for this as I do not wish to ...
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What are some other terms for a 3/4 shot?

I know it as the American shot or American wide, but what are some other names?
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How much zoom does a lens need to have before we call it a superzoom lens?

I've read that superzoom lenses have poor image quality, but how much zoom does a lens need to have before we call it a superzoom lens? 3x is certainly not a superzoom, while 10x probably is. ...
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What is a “pseudo mannequin”?

I am applying for a clothing store at Amazon and they are telling me pictures cannot be on a mannequin or a ghost mannequin, rather they should be on a real model or a pseudo mannequin. What is the ...
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What is the difference between image processing and image editing?

I've been facing a few questions in my mind about the terms image processing and image editing. What is the difference?
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How does physical aperture size relate to f/stop?

There are two lenses on the market I am comparing AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED If I use the formula for calculating apertures of both the lenses I will use ...
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What's the generic term for portable flashes (Speedlites, Speedlights etc)?

What's the generic term for portable flashes (Speedlites, Speedlights etc) to distinguish them from studio strobes and alike? Is it simply speedlight/speedlite or has that just become a generic ...
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What is the difference between a step-up and a step-down ring?

What is the difference between a step-up and a step-down ring? I want to put a large diameter filter on a small diameter lens. Do I need a step-up ring or a step-down one?
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What is it called when two images from different locations are blended seamlessly into one?

I have compiled two images to become one. The one image is from Nova Scotia and the other in Utah. I placed the Utah image on top of the top half of the image from Nova Scotia and it looks like it's ...
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What to label digital prints made from scanned negatives in an exhibit?

I have my first exhibit coming up but I am not sure about how to properly label my photographs. All the pictures were taken with 35 mm film, then the negatives were scanned and the images were ...
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Is resolution the same thing as active pixel count?

If you have a camera with resolution Y x X, then is active pixel count always the product of the resolution? Are they saying essentially the same thing?
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Is there a standard vocabulary for posing?

I've been looking for a definitive catalog of named poses. Catalogs consisting mainly of unlabeled photos are easy to come by. "1,001 Poses for the Professional Photographer," kind of thing. This ...
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What is the photography term for blurred / dragged lights?

What is the photography term for blurred / dragged lights? Hare are two quick examples from my phone: Would this be considered bokeh, or does a term even exist for this?
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Why can I see beyond sRGB in CIE Chromatic Diagram

According to CIE 1931 color space chart, the sRGB gamut is what's inside the triangle: As you can see from the diagram, blue is shown outside the sRGB gamut (at about 460 nm wavelength). Knowing ...
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What is a “crisp” photo?

I see the word crisp used a lot to describe photographs, but I'm not sure what it means. Sometimes it seems synonymous with sharp, but as often it's used along with sharp seemingly to indicate ...
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Why is it called ISO “speed”?

As I understand it, the ISO value indicates how sensitive the sensor/film is to light. How is this related to speed? Is it something to do with how fast old chemical film developed?
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What is CMOS in SLR camera? [duplicate]

I regularly come across this term "Dual Pixel CMOS AF" or "APS HD CMOS" when reading about cameras. So what is this CMOS term? What does it describe about the camera? Is it telling something that it ...
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Does fps relate to still photography or videography?

As a beginner, how much importance should I give to the FPS feature of a camera? How is the price of a DSLR related to the FPS? Directly or inversely? I was under the naive impression that FPS was a ...