30 Photography Terms You Need To Know

5.08.15

Photography is brilliant, anyone can pick up a camera and start taking photos and having fun.

But pick up a camera manual or photography magazine and you discover that it has a language all of it’s own.

In order to make it slightly less intimidating I have gathered together 30 of the most commonly used terms and explanations for them.

1) Exposure: The amount of light captured by your camera’s sensor, or film.

2) ISO: Film speed expressed as a number indicating the film’s sensitivity to light, the higher the number, the more sensitive the film is.

3) Aperture: The opening through which light enters the lens.

4) F-Stop: refers to the size of the aperture.

5) Focus: The area your camera is trying to photograph, that will be crisp and not blurry.

6) Depth of Field: How much of the foreground and background is in focus in front and behind your subject.

7) Shutter Speed: The length of time the shutter is open at a given setting.

8) White Balance: The colour balance which often needs to be adjusted to look more natural in different lighting scenarios.

9) Macro: A close up photo, generally taken 2-4 inches from the subject.

10) JPEG: the standard for file compression, reduces digital files to around 5% of their original size.

11) Lag Time: The time between depressing the shutter button and the photo being taken.

12) Digital Zoom: A lens that crops and enlarges an image, leading to loss of detail.

13) Optical Zoom: The name for a lens that allows you to change it’s magnification, bringing an object ‘closer’ without losing detail.

14) : Derived from the Japanese for focus, describes the aesthetic quality of the blurred section of a photograph with a shallow depth of field.

15) Golden Hour: The hour after sunrise and before sunset, when the sun is low, shadows are long and the light is golden and buttery.

16) Prime Lens: A lens with a fixed focal length.

17) Focal Length: The distance between the centre of a lens and the sensor.

18) Wide Open: A lens at it’s widest aperture (smallest f-stop number).

19) Wide Angle: A lens with a focal length smaller than 50mm.

20) Telephoto: A lens with a focal length greater than 50mm.

21) Full Frame: 36x24mm sensor which is smaller than a 35mm frame of film, allowing the sensor to record the full angle of view offered by the lens.

22) Clipping: When you over or under expose an image, causing parts of the histogram to be ‘clipped off’ at the sides.

23) Fish Eye: A lens with a super wide field of vision covering up to 180 degrees.

24) Hot Shoe: A live socket on the camera for attaching accessories such as a flash gun or microphone.

25) Dynamic Range: The range between the darkest and the lightest areas of an image. A wide dynamic range means more detail in these areas.

26) RAW: The raw data file created by your camera, captures all the detail available meaning the file can be adjusted in more detail during the editing process. Also known as a digital negative.

27) Vignetting: When the edges of an image are darker due to the lens inability to distribute light to the edges. This effect can also be added or removed during the editing process.

28) Noise: The appearance of ‘artifacts’ in an image taken with a high ISO. Noise is the digital equivalent of grain in film photography.

29) Post Processing: Any editing done after the image has been taken. Popular programs used for this include Photoshop, Lightroom, Photoshop Elements, GIMP, iPhoto or Picassa.

30) Saturation: The depth of colours within a photograph.

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I hope this article has been helpful, as always, if you have any questions just send me an email or leave a comment below and I’ll do the best I can to help.


Bubble Fun

4.08.15

As a fully paid up, ‘massive child’, I am always on the lookout for the perfect bubbles.

I love our bubble machine, but not the speed with which it eats through batteries. I enjoy blowing bubbles, but invariably the kids spill the bubble mixture, Ez Bear gets grumpy because he can’t blow bubbles as well as Annie or, I run out of puff before the kids run out of energy.

But I have found the perfect bubble solution – the Bubble Trumpet!

After seeing one of these trumpets at a friend’s house I immediately went online and ordered two from The Works. They were a total bargain, only £1 each and came with the tray and a little bottle of bubble mixture.

This wondrous plastic trumpet blows hundreds of bubbles, comes with a shallow tray that even my two would struggle to knock over and the kids can blow bubbles to their heart’s content without my help or a battery anywhere to be seen!

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I’ve just spotted they’ve sold out at The Works but they have identical ones on Amazon and I suggest that every house should own at least one!

Even if you don’t have children these are awesome, I was sat in the garden over the weekend, all alone, blowing bubbles and watching them drift lazily over the fence, it was like a visual meditation.

I’ve written about my love of bubbles before, and I’ll say it again, bubbles cheer me up, are calming to watch and are such pretty colours, there is nothing I don’t love about them!

By the way, this isn’t a sponsored post, I am just spreading the good word of the bubble trumpet ;-)

What did you get up to this weekend?
Were bubbles involved in any way?
Do you have a favourite bubble blowing solution?

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Point + Shoot – 04.08.2015

4.08.15

Thank you to everyone who joined in with Point + Shoot last week.

My post this week is a bubbly one!

Our winning post from last week comes from Beth over at Life as Mum. Just look at those scary little tigers!

I am very happy to announce that our favourite post each week will receive an awesome colour bright photo mug from the lovely peeps over at Photobox.

You don’t have to play every week, just drop by when you have something to share. You don’t need a fancy DSLR either, a phone camera works just as well.

As for the photos, they can be absolutely anything. If you saw it, or did it, at the weekend, then photograph it and link up.

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Barbecue Party Game Review and Giveaway

3.08.15

Barbecue Party is a new game from Drumond Park aimed at ages 4 and up.

The premise is simple, you pick a card, if that item is already on the grill you have to remove it using the tongs, if not then you have to place it ever so carefully on the barbecue.

Sounds simple enough, but when the barbeque is too full, or gets jostled, the grill will dramatically leap up in the air, scattering the food. It’s one of those fantastic games of anticipation that keep children coming back for more.

The game is won by the person who collects 3 cards and the matching meat or veggies.

For those people with younger children you can simplify things further by just drawing cards and then placing or removing those items, ending the game when the grill pops off and letting them use their fingers instead of the tongs like we did in the video below…

 

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The game pieces are well made, thick plastic and fun to look at, with their cute expressions and googly eyes.

The barbecue unit is sturdy and in the same fun design as the veggies while the cards are bright and eye catching.

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The game is really simple to put together, you just have to stick the eyes onto the veggies and you’re ready to go. It doesn’t require batteries which is an additional bonus and packs away tidily into it’s box when you’ve finished playing.

Annie and I love playing this and even Ezra, at only 3 years old, really enjoyed it, in fact, I think he’s better at it than me!

Barbecue Party has an RRP of £19.99 and is suitable for 2-4 players, aged 4 and up.

Drumond Park has kindly offered me a copy of Barbecue Party to giveaway to a reader of my blog. To enter simply complete as many entries as you fancy using the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!

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Rules:

Only one Rafflecopter entry form per household Open to UK entries only You must be over 18 to enter The prize is for the game, no substitutions or alternatives will be offered The competition closes on August 17th at 12AM I will contact the winner within 3 days of the competition closing If I do not hear back within 7 days then the competition will be redrawn and a new winner chosen Delivery of the prize is Drumond Park’s responsibility

Disclaimer: Please note we received this game free for the purposes of this review. 


A Sunday Photo – 02.08.2015

2.08.15

Annie recently moved up a class at Kung Fu. She is now a Little Dragon and the classes have become more about learning actual skills and less about general exercise and basic moves.

She was really hesitant at first about the move and I really thought she might decide to stop going along altogether, but after her first session you could tell she was hooked.

Watching her do her lessons and practice at home, I’m blown away by how mature and strong she looks.

I’m very proud of my Annie, she’s proving that she can achieve whatever she sets her mind too and I love the person she is turning into.

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Happy Sunday!

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Cars I Have Known And Loved!

2.08.15

When Jon and I were first married we didn’t have a car of our own, so holidays and visits to distant relations had to be done in hire cars.

After living without a car the ability to wake up and decide to head off on a road trip was fantastic, and the freedom it afforded us was brilliant. One of my favourite things was how we got to drive a variety of cars, all different sizes and suited for different ‘jobs’.

We once rented a massive people carrier and it was like driving round in our lounge! The front seats were so comfy, there were cup holders, padded arm rests, it was massive and overwhelmingly luxurious.

We mostly enjoyed renting smaller cars though, like the Volkswagen Golf, it was one of these were hired to go on our honeymoon in and it was brilliant. We zipped around the Lake District in a new car, feeling all loved up and safe in the knowledge that the car was safe and unlikely to breakdown, unlike the previous car we’d owned!

I like the idea of leasing a car that would be perfect for us as a family of four, and driving it round the country on a proper adventure holiday. If we chose a nice big 4×4 we could throw the tent in the back and simply stop off at a lovely looking campsite, spend the night and then drive off to another exciting destination.

It would also enable us to check the weather on a Friday morning, and if it was going to be a nice weekend, we could collect the kids after school and zip off to the coast for the weekend.

Leasing a vehicle is great because the monthly repayments are low and companies like Parkway Contracts deliver your new car to you, wherever you may be in the country, now that’s a service I like!

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Have you ever leased a vehicle?

 

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