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Questions tagged [terminology]

Questions about specific terms used within photography

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How exactly is “flange” defined in the term ''flange distance"

The concept of a flange distance is something I understand on a theoretical level, but not so much on a practical level. It is debatably the most important measurement in the camera, determining the ...
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Is there a specific term for a tripod on wheels with handbrake in handle?

A while back, I used a tripod which was on wheels, but had a handbrake built into the handle which made it quick and painless to unlock, move, relock the tripod into place. Additionally, for video ...
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What are photographic “typologies”?

I recently encountered the phrase "Becher typologies". While, I understand the meaning of typology with respect to classification and categorization, Becher typologies do not seem to fit this ...
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What does the phrase “traditional photography rules” refer to? [closed]

From time to time I have encountered people mentioning "traditional photography rules" without elaborating on what these "rules" might be. Indeed, people often claim to break these rules, or sometimes ...
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In photography, are skin color and skin tone two different things?

"Skin color" and "skin tone" sometime seem to be used interchangeably and sometimes not. Do they mean the same thing, i.e., do they both mean literally color (= % of magenta vs yellow etc.) PLUS how ...
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What do the F and f numbers written on lens mean?

On this particular lens rim is written "F:2.6 f=3.8mm". What does it mean? Focal point 3.8 mm and aperture 1/2.6 of the focal point ???
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In photography and videography, what is a long shot / wide shot?

I was trying to find out what a "wide shot" is. I figured it should be an industry standard term. I searched Google with various search terms like: photography what does it mean to take a wide shot ...
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What is “veiling glare”? How does it affect my photos, and how can I avoid it?

Someone mentioned that "veiling glare" or "veiling flare" was to blame for reduced contrast in a photo. What does this mean exactly? What causes veiling glare, and how can it be avoided? How does it ...
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What/who is a 'guy with camera' or 'GWC?

Recently (mainly) in the hobbyist model photography world I've been hearing the term 'Guy with camera' or 'GWC' thrown around, usually in a derogatory way, by models, photographers and other creatives....
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What does “Di III” in a Tamron lens model name mean?

A Tamron "Di" (Digitally Integrated) lens is a lens optimized for digital cameras including those with 36x24mm 'full frame' sensors. A Tamron "Di II" (Digitally Integrated II) lens is a lens ...
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What is GAS and how can I avoid it?

I haven't seen this answered here so: What is this GAS that all the pros talk about? It sounds pretty bad. How do I avoid it?
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What is a “deported” flash?

What does it mean when someone describes a flash as deported? Is it the same thing as saying a flash is "off camera?" Or is there something else which is also needed to qualify it as deported?
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Etymology of the word “stofen” (and other names for the same thing)

Does anyone know the origin of the the word "stofen" and its correct — or at least accepted — spelling? I've seen it spelt "stofen" (which seems to be the most frequent variant), "Stofen", and "Sto-...
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What is the antonym of “feathering” in lighting?

If I have to tell someone to move "unfeather" the light and point it towards the subject, what verb should I use? Gather?
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What does “magnification” mean?

When speaking about lenses, especially for macro-photography, I often hear about magnification. Sometimes it appears in the form of a ratio (1:1, 1:2), sometimes as a single number (0.5x). Sometimes ...
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What is the meaning of the term “Gear” that photographers say?

I hear the word "Gear" often in photography discussion, as in "camera gear". Does gear mean the equipment like the camera itself, lens, grey card? I don't find a definition for it anywhere. Please ...
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Collective Term for HDR, Panorama, AEB, Focus Stacking?

Is there an almost-universally recognized term for shooting multiple shots to create a single photo? I'm trying to create a singular heading to discuss the topics of HDR, panorama, auto exposure ...
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What is the term for an area in a studio, with a backdrop, floor cover, and props?

I am in the very beginning stages of exploring my interest in becoming a photographer. My photography specific vocabulary isn’t what it should be yet, so please bear with me. When you set up an area ...
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What is it called [closed]

When the point starts in the middle and goes in ever expanding circles till it ends up on the outside of the lens area. It ends up looking like the inside of a seashell?
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What is a resolution unit?

Please note, I'm not asking what resolution is! I've processed a raw image and exported from Photoshop, and I've just noticed something in the image details that I've never seen before (I don't think)...
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What is an “auto electric shutter”?

In looking at the characteristics of a TV-camera called VEC-255-IP, I came across: DIP switch modes: 1) "AES" - auto electric shutter 2) "DC IRIS". What is an auto-electric shutter? Is it different ...
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What is this rainbow-effect when photographing through curved (cylindrical) glass called?

I was recently at a Sea Life Center and took a lot of photos there. The following image is from a fish tank which has cylindrical shape. What is the rainbow-effect at the surface of the glass called? ...
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What is the term for a photo of an object from 360 degrees?

I am doing some game development and have a sphere that I want to use as a human head. I need an image to attach to the shape, but I'm not sure what to search for. When I search for "360 photo" I ...
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Is there a term for overlapping images due to incomplete film transport?

When using cameras with manual film transport, it is possible to create partially overlapping exposures, for example by manipulating the transport with the rewind button. Is there a special term for ...
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What is meant by photographic sensitivity?

Studying how latent images are developed, I came across the concept of "Photographic Sensitivity". I imagine it to be related to the behaviour of light-sensitive material, but I couldn't enough ...
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What is the name of this artifact where lines appear in what should be a smooth gradient? [duplicate]

I'm very new in the world of photography, and I want to know the name of this problem. I know there is a word and I searched but I could not find it. If someone knows the word then please enlighten ...
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What's a nifty-fifty?

In the comments on Who, or what, is an "Uncle Bob"?: ... it does have a place amongst the terms and slang used by photographers (nifty-fifty is another example, if you're versed in ...
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Who, or what, is an “Uncle Bob”?

I've heard people complaining about "Uncle Bob" taking pictures at events. From context, it sounds like Uncle Bob is an annoying guy with a camera? What is an "Uncle Bob"? What is the background of ...
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How many megapixels is a 1000 pixel image?

I am asked to set some photos to 1000 pixel in order to make them smaller using the Irfan View program, but the program only accepts in megapixels. So, how many megapixels is 1000 pixel??
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Arc-Shaped Stripes (Noise?) In Blue Water, Is This Normal? [duplicate]

The water fades in a not-that-smooth way, with some arc-shaped slightly-reddish stripes. As a comparison, the sky has a almost perfectly smooth fade from white to blue. Compressed original image with ...
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What is the name of the problem where lines appear in a photo where there should just be a smooth gradient?

I don't remember the name of this problem and it drives me crazy. I googled everything similar to "lines in photo" but I didn't find the solution. The problem is that on my PC monitor I don't see ...
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How do I achieve the technique which creates the illusion of busy locations being empty?

I remember seeing a series of photos where popular tourist locations are shown to be completely empty. I'm assuming it was done by taking a series of photos and then combining them in Photoshop. But ...
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What's the bit that slides into the hot shoe called?

If the metal "U"-bracket on top of an SLR (and similar) camera is called a (hot/cold) shoe, what is the name of it's counterpart (the bit at the base of the flash/accessory)? I just referred to it as ...
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Why is there “single” in the term DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex)?

I have been reading about lenses and I was curious to know why there is a term "single" in the abbreviation DSLR? As far as I have read, the modern DSLRs (for example, the Nikon 3200) come equipped ...
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What kind of lens do I need to buy to create a fish eye effect?

I would like to buy a lens that creates a fish eye effect. However, when I look it up, it comes up with all different prices and all different names. I have a proper Canon camera and I was wondering ...
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What is a “frameline”?

I have read the term "frameline" in various places, but they never explain what it is. For example, in the Wikipedia article on the Leica M6, the term is used without explaining what it means. The ...
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Which is correct, “resolution is megapixels” or “resolution has megapixels”?

A colleague and I were having a discussion about which of these is correct: "This resolution is 15 megapixels" or "This resolution has 15 megapixels" What it comes down to is our difference in ...
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What is a Proj.-Tessar lens?

I recently picked up a lens and an estate sale. "Carl Zeiss Jena No907646 proj-tessar 1:4,5 f=13,5cm." The 'proj' prefix led me to believe that it's a projector lens, but I'm not sure what kind of ...
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What's the correct term when a photo is over saturated? [closed]

What's the correct term when a photo by exposure or digital post looses colour difference in upper area, bleeding? Over-saturation? UPDATE: Example at https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos1d/22 ...
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Is a light meter the same as an exposure meter?

I want to read the ambient light falling on the subject. What do I need: a light meter or an exposure meter? Or are they the same thing?
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What is the stippling effect used in newsprint and comics called, and how can I create it?

I am looking to achieve this dot pattern (stippling) effect in some way, be it analog or post processing. If you can identify this technique and some tips on how to go about it? It has a print look to ...
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What is a “film base”?

I see this term used in many places. It appears to be some side of the film but how would I be able to identify this? One side is sensitive to light and the other one isn't (light can still go through ...
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What is a sheet of multiple photos called?

I've come across a sheet of multiple individual photos, I'm guessing they are something to do with a video editing as they are of Bob Marley at a kids birthday party which I remember having happened. ...
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Is there a term for photos with a cold, yet relaxing, feeling to them?

What do we call such type of photos where it is always kinda gray, has a cold feeling and relaxing feeling to it, and is most likely going to be in a northern country like Sweden or Canada? I'm ...
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What is it called when aperture and exposure are previewed on the LCD screen before the shot is taken?

I have a Canon PowerShot SX120 IS. I would like to get a better comparable camera, but the singular feature I love the most about this camera is when in Manual mode, I scroll through shutter speed ...
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What is the term for a crop which doesn't preserve center?

The visible parts of an object, and it's parts with relation to each other, change as it moves through our visual field. Consider a plus sign + floating in front of a minus sign -. If you were ...
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What is the light called that is outside the area of the capture medium?

Is there a name for the light that passes through a lens and does not make it to the capture medium (sensor, film, other)? I'm looking for the name of the grey area in the following image from ...
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Why is the Tamron 90mm 2.8 marketed as Macro and not as a “portrait” lens?

My question is if a lens like a Tamron 90mm 2.8 could be used also for portrait. If not, why ? What are the difference between a specific portrait lens (like any 85mm 1.4) and a 90mm 2.8 ? Only the ...
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What is the difference between perspective distortion and barrel or pincushion distortion?

I've heard of: perspective distortion barrel distortion pincushion distortion mustache distortion What are these different types of distortion, and how do they relate? What causes them, and can they ...
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What does the word “Contemporary” mean in a lens description?

What's the significance of the word "Contemporary" in a lens description? Example from Amazon: Sigma 150-600mm 5-6.3 Contemporary DG OS HSM Lens. I've also seen this on LensRentals.com. Does anybody ...