Tooltip Categories: Technique


Spray and Pray

Share Spray and Pray is a term used a technique in photography when you shoot a lot of images in a row and hope for the best. The disadvantage is that you might miss the great, critical moment of a series or scene. If you are shooting action like sports […]


Wide Open

Share In photography, if you shoot “Wide Open” it means you are using the widest aperture possible (lowest f/stop number). This will let in the most light and give you the least depth of field.  If your lens adjusts from f/2.8 to f/16 and you shoot at f/2.8, then you […]


BIF

Share BIF is an acronym for “Bird in Flight” and is the term used for any images that contain a flying bird.  In many nature photography articles or conversations, you’ll see this term. Facebook Twitter Google + Linkedin


Tungsten Light

Share Tungsten Light is a term that generally means artificial indoor light. Although the light may not come from tungsten bulbs, the term is still used today.  A more current term is “Incandescent Light” which applies to the same type of lighting. If you are shooting a scene lit by […]


Sharpness

Share Sharpness is a quality of the image or print.  Overall sharpness in a photo is the result of focus, aperture, shutter speed, ISO and lens quality among other items.  Some photographers feel that an image must be ‘tack sharp’ to be successful, while others are more concerned with the […]


Infrared

Share Infrared is specific wavelength of light that is not visible to the human eye.  It is possible to have a digital camera converted so that it will record infrared light, and film cameras could use special infrared film. Facebook Twitter Google + Linkedin


Low Contrast

Share A Low Contrast image is one that will have a wide range of tones and be neither too bright nor too dark in areas.  If you looked at the histogram, it would be fairly level across the range.  This is the opposite of a High Contrast image which will […]


High Contrast

Share A High Contrast image is one that will have deeper shadows and brighter highlights than an image with a wide dynamic range.  If you looked at the histogram, it would have distinctive peaks. This is the opposite of a Low Contrast image which would have a full range of […]


Macro

Share Macro is a term used to describe a type of photography involving small subjects.  Generally true macro is defined when you have the subject at a 1:1 ratio on your film or sensor.  Macro photography can be achieved via special lenses, attachments or other settings. Facebook Twitter Google + […]


Available Light

Share Available Light refers to the natural light available in a scene. This is exclusive of any light which the photography might add. Ambient light can also be referred to as ‘Ambient Light’. Facebook Twitter Google + Linkedin


Ambient Light

Share Ambient Light refers to the natural light available in a scene. This is exclusive of any light which the photography might add. Ambient light can also be referred to as ‘Available Light’. Facebook Twitter Google + Linkedin


Colour Temperature

Share Colour Temperature is measured using the Kelvin scale.  Daylight would be considered to have a colour temperature of about 5500K (Kelvin). Colour temperature can also be called ‘cool’ (on the blue end of the scale) or ‘warm’ (on the red end of the scale). The colour temperature can refer […]


Bounce Light

Share Bounce Light refers to a method of bouncing light (usually flash) off another surface before it reaches your subject.  Bounce light will provide a softer overall light but with less light hitting the subject than if the light was direct. Bounce light will also reflect the colour of the […]


Red Eye

Share Red Eye is a term used to describe an unwanted effect in photography. Red eye occurs when a light (usually flash) lights up the back of a subject’s eyeball (the retina) and the blood vessels in the retina reflect back as red light. Red eye occurs more often in […]


Zoom

Share Zoom is a term used to describe magnification.  A zoom lens will allow the photographer to change the magnification and viewing angle to frame a photo.  Any increase focal length is considered zooming in, while any focal length shorter is considered zooming out. Zoom can be accomplished via digital […]


Video

Share Video is a common feature on almost every digital camera now.  Video is really just a series of still images combined into a playable sequence.  There are now many formats and resolutions for video with today’s equipment. Digital video has allowed anyone with a camera to create movies of […]