Tooltip Categories: Technique

Time Lapse

A Time Lapse is a series of images taken at regular intervals and (usually) turned into a video.  A time lapse video can condense a day’s worth of movement into minutes of video. Photos are taken at specific intervals, using a built in (or accessory) intervalometer which allows the photographer […]

Spot Metering

Spot Metering is a way to meter a scene while concentrating on a small section of it.  Many newer cameras offer spot metering as an option to full scene or partial scene metering.  Spot metering allows the photographer to pick a specific area (usually about 5% of the scene) and […]


Underexpose describes an event where an image (or part of it) has not received enough light than is desired by the photographer.  Extreme underexposure can be fixed with software adjustments, but usually leads to excessive noise.  Photos that are minimally underexposed can be easily corrected. Underexposure is the opposite of […]


Overexpose describes an event where the image (or part of it) has received more light than is required for optimal exposure.  Overexposure can be extreme (blown out) or minimal (which can be fixed in software adjustments). Reviewing your histogram will enable you to see right away if an image is […]


HDR is an acronym for High Dynamic Range. It refers to a type of processing used to combine a series of images taken at different exposures and merged to create a higher dynamic range than you could get with a single images. One example would be a sunset where you […]


Bracket is a technique to create a series of images taken at incremental exposures.  You might take 5 shots each at 1 stop differences in exposure.  This is done either to work with a tough scene and pick the best exposure later or to combine photos into an HDR (High […]


AWB is an acronym for “Automatic White Balance”. This is a setting that allows the camera to correct the colour in an image based on the type of light (daylight, fluorescent, tungsten, etc).  AWB is a good setting to use if you are not sure about the lighting, but custom […]

Long Exposure

A long exposure is not clearly defined, but is generally used for night photography when your exposure time is over 1 second. Long exposures can be last for minutes depending upon the situation. Facebook Twitter Google + Linkedin


WB is an acronym for White Balance. White Balance is a setting on your camera which is used to record the photo in a particular type of light.  You would use “Daylight” WB while outdoors, while you might use “Fluorescent” WB in an office setting.  Having the wrong WB setting […]


Chimping is a term used to describe when we quickly review what we just shot in the camera’s playback screen. Facebook Twitter Google + Linkedin

Fill light

Fill light is used to light the foreground of a scene when there is strong backlighting. Fill light will help balance the exposure and brighten the shadows. Fill light can be subtle or powerful depending upon the amount required. Fill light can be made from a flash unit or larger […]

High Speed Sync (HSS)

High speed sync is a way of firing a flash while using a shutter speed faster than the usual sync speed of approximately 1/250s.  With this setting, a flash will fire multiple, quick bursts to make sure the whole sensor is exposed to the flash’s light. This allows for some […]

Off Camera Flash

Off camera flash is a term used anytime you take your flash and place it away from the camera. Many of today’s flash units allow you to remotely control it and connect the camera to the flash via Radio Frequency (RF) or Infrared Light (IL). Using off camera flash gives […]

Exposure Triangle

The Exposure Triangle is a term that is used to explain the relationship between Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO. All three factors need to remain equal to gain the same exposure. If you adjust your aperture by one stop, then you need to adjust your shutter speed or ISO by […]

Golden Hour

Golden hour is used to describe the hour before sunset or the hour after sunrise when the light is warmer in colour due the sun being closer to the horizon. It is generally considered a prime time to take landscape photos. Facebook Twitter Google + Linkedin

Rule of Thirds

The Rule of Thirds is a guideline in composing your photos.  If you divide your scene into thirds both vertically and horizontally, the rule of thirds suggests that you place your subject long one of those lines. It is a common rule that gives new photographers a place to start […]