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A Level Photography Key Terminology


Aperture A space through which light passes in an optical or photographic instrument, especially the variable opening by which light enters a camera.


Shutter Speed The nominal time for which a shutter is open at a given setting.


ISO A measurement of the sensitivity of the image sensor. For example, a higher uses a faster shutter speed to freeze the movement.


Focal Length The angle of view of a lens. That is, how much of a scene before us the lens captures. And in addition, how large subjects within the frame appear. The longer the focal length of a lens, the narrower its angle of view.


Angle The vantage point from which the photograph was taken; generally used when discussing a photography taken from an unusual or exaggerated vantage point.


Vantage Point The place a photographer has decided to take a photograph from.


Framing What the photographer has decided to place within the boundaries of the photograph. Successful framing can draw the viewer to focussed areas of the photograph.


Contrast Strongly visual dierences between light and dark, varying textures, sizes etc.


Composition The arrangement of elements used. In photography, it means paying attention to what will be photographed, how it is placed in relationship to other objects in the image, and how well the subject matter is expressed.


Balance A consideration within composition; The distribution of visual elements in a photograph. Symmetrical balance distributes visual elements evenly in an image. Asymmetrical balance is found when visual elements are not evenly distributed in an image.


Points of Interest A consideration within composition; the object(s) which appears most prominently and/or most clearly focussed in a photograph.


Exposure The amount of light per unit area reaching a photographic film or electronic image sensor, as determined by shutter speed, lens aperture, and scene luminance.


Double Exposure Superimposition of two or more exposures to create a single image.


Flash Gun A flash gun is a term that refers to what most photographers call a speedlight flash.


Key Terminology Summarised

Aperture Shutter Speed

ISO Focal Length

A space through which light passes in an optical or photographic instrument, especially the variable opening by which light enters a camera.

The nominal time for which a shutter is open at a given setting.

A measurement of the sensitivity of the image sensor. For example, a higher uses a faster shutter speed to freeze the movement.

The angle of view of a lens. That is, how much of a scene before us the lens captures. And in addition, how large subjects within the frame appear. The longer the focal length of a lens, the narrower its angle of view.


Angle Vantage Point

The vantage point from which the photograph was taken; generally used when discussing a photography taken from an unusual or exaggerated vantage point.

The place a photographer has decided to take a photograph from.

Framing

What the photographer has decided to place within the boundaries of the photograph. Successful framing can draw the viewer to focussed areas of the photograph.

Contrast

Strongly visual dierences between light and dark, varying textures, sizes etc.

Composition

The arrangement of elements used. In photography, it means paying attention to what will be photographed, how it is placed in relationship to other objects in the image, and how well the subject matter is expressed.


Balance

A consideration within composition; The distribution of visual elements in a photograph. Symmetrical balance distributes visual elements evenly in an image. Asymmetrical balance is found when visual elements are not evenly distributed in an image.

Points of Interest A consideration within composition; the object(s) which appears most prominently and/or most clearly focussed in a photograph.

Exposure

The amount of light per unit area reaching a photographic film or electronic image sensor, as determined by shutter speed, lens aperture, and scene luminance.

Double Exposure Superimposition of two or more exposures to create a single image.

Flash Gun

A flash gun is a term that refers to what most photographers call a speedlight flash.

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Photography: Key Terminology  

A Level Photography Key Terminology.

Photography: Key Terminology  

A Level Photography Key Terminology.

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