Photographic Terminology

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Photographic Terminology
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I am relatively new to the Micro Four Thirds forum, having just acquired an EM10, but have been immersed in photography for many years. Thanks my extended photographic experience I was recently asked to produce a 'Photographic Dictionary' which would explain and clarify the most common photographic words and phrases.

I think I have successfully managed to clarify most of the important terminology, but thought I would post the list here so as to provide a resource for others on this forum and also to request that any forum members post their own definitions to cover any items I might have missed.

So, here goes:-

A

Anti-aliasing Filter

A means for finding out someone's true name

Autofocus

A system for getting sharp photos of cars.

B

Backlight

The red light at the rear of a car

Baseplate

The bottom plate in a pile, usually the one you want to use.

Bitmap

A large scale map covering a small geographic area in detail, usually not the area you are in.

Bounce Flash

To drop a flashgun

Bracketing

The supports for a set of shelves

C

Camera Club

A tool for hitting your camera with when it fails to work at the decisive moment.

Colour Management

Witchcraft

Compact Flash

Small flashgun

Contact print

To hold a photograph

Cross process

The way in which someone becomes annoyed

D

Decisive Moment

Murphy’s Law definition for the period of time during which you are changing lenses, memory cards or film.

Depth of Field

The depth of mud experienced whilst out walking.

Depth of Field Preview

The use of a monopod or walking pole to assess the depth of mud whilst out walking.

Developer

Person who buys land to build on

E

Exposure bracketing

Taking a spare jumper just in case (also see 'under exposure' and 'over exposure')

F

Face Recognition

Seeing someone you know

Fixer

Someone employed to mend broken photographic equipment

Flare

Lens aberration that makes trousers seem wider than they were

Four Thirds

A sensor specifically designed for taking improper photos.

G

Grey Graduate

Boring person leaving university

H

Hard Drive

Narrow winding road in the rain at night

High Dynamic Range

Description of the range of noise made by a photographer when dropping a lens

High Key

Someone who leaves their house key on top of the doorframe when they are out

High Resolution

Determination to produce larger prints

Hotshoe

The effect of walking on black tarmac in mid summer

I

Image Stabilisation

The act of repositioning a TV aerial

Incident Light

Blue flashing light on top of an ambulance or police car

Insurance

A wide spread scam to extort money from unsuspecting photographers

J

Judge

Someone who hangs around with photographers often accompanied by a guide dog.

K

Kelvin

A temperature scale for colours in which hot objects are cold and cold objects are hot.

L

LCD

A variation of a common recreational drug

Lens brush

Brush used to clear up after a lens has been dropped on the floor

Lens Cap

Restriction placed on your purchase of new lenses by your spouse.

Lens Hood

A thug who steals photographic equipment

Low Key

Someone who leaves their house key under a plant pot when they are out

M

Macro Lens

Cheap lens bought from a trade cash and carry store

Microdrive

Short journey in a car

Multi-Coating

Dressing up for cold weather

N

Negative

The way digital imaging makes film photographers feel

O

Over exposed

Not wearing enough clothes

P

Photo Album

Compilation of songs about photography

Photoshop

Adorama or B&H

Polariser

A controversial photograph that people either love or hate

Post processing

Mail sorting office

Printer Profile

The shape of an inkjet printer when viewed from the side

Q

Quick Release Plate

Murphy’s Law definition of any plate or other item of crockery when held above a hard floor

R

Rangefinder

A map of the mountains

RAW

The sound a lion makes

Reciprocity Failure

Sending a Christmas card to someone who doesn't send you one back

Redeye

Optical aberration most commonly exhibited by mirrors the morning after a night out

Rule of Thirds

Rule which stipulates that there will always be two better photos in any competition you enter.

S

Secure Digital (SD)

The act of putting camera equipment in a safe

Self timer

Wrist watch

Shutter Shock

Electrocution from a faulty roller shutter.

Single Lens Reflex

Involuntary reaction when dropping a lens

Slide film

Specialist film used for photographing your children at the playpark

Spot meter

Medical process for monitoring the spread of measles

Stop Bath

To turn off a tap

Street Photography

Currently defined as terrorism

T

Teleconverter

Digital set-top box for an analogue television.

Telephoto Lens

Specialist lens for taking photos of televisions

Test strip

Job interview for a lapdancer

Tiff

Minor argument

Tilt and Shift Lens

The movement made by a lens before it falls

Time Lapse

The effect caused by forgetting to wind your watch

Twin Lens Reflex

Involuntary reaction when dropping two lenses

U

Under exposed

Wearing too many clothes

Unsharp mask

The result of using too slow a shutter speed when photographing a carnival

V

Vibration Reduction

Photographic effect achieved by using a tripod or having a glass of whisky

Viewfinder

Map used for locating a good spot to take photos

W

Wetting Agent

Rain

X

X-ray machine

The reason we remember all our holidays abroad as being foggy.

Y

Yosemite

A type of Marmite, favoured by Ansel Adams

Z

Zone system

Method for finding your car in a multi-storey Car Park

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Photo Pete

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