March 16, 2016
If you’re a newbie, you need to start at the beginning. It helps when you’re learning to use your new digital camera, to know what some of the more common terms mean. Below you will find many of these common terms defined for you.
Automatic Mode — A setting that sets the focus, exposure and white-balance automatically. While many indicate you should avoid shooting in AUTO, there is nothing wrong with using it under the appropriate circumstances.
Burst Mode or Continuous Capture Mode — a series of pictures taken one after another at quickly timed intervals with one press of the shutter button. Excellent for sports photography!
Compression — The process of compacting digital data, images and text by deleting selected information.
Digital Zoom — Cropping and magnifying the center part of an image. (I strongly recommend you avoid the use of Digital Zoom)
JPEG — The predominant format used for image compression in digital cameras. Once you learn what you are doing, you will want to shoot in RAW format.
Lag Time — The pause between the time the shutter button is pressed and when the camera actually captures the image. If you are shooting sports or other “highly active” shots, you will want to ensure you understand any lag time presented by your camera, as it will affect your images.
LCD — (Liquid-Crystal Display) is the small screen on your digital camera for viewing images.
Lens — A circular and transparent glass or plastic piece that has the function of collecting light and focusing it on the sensor to capture the image. Seriously – if you didn’t know what the lens was…you probably shouldn’t be reading this blog…or using a camera!
Megabyte — (MB) Measures 1024 Kilobytes, and refers to the amount of information in a file, or how much information can be contained on a Memory Card or Hard Drive.
Pixels — Tiny units of color that make up digital pictures. Pixels also measure digital resolution. One million pixels adds up to one mega-pixel.
RGB — Refers to Red, Green, Blue colors used on computers to create all other colours.
Resolution — Camera resolution describes the number of pixels used to create the image, which determines the amount of detail a camera can capture. The more pixels a camera has, the more detail it can register and the larger the picture can be printed.
Storage Card — The removable storage device which holds images taken with the camera, comparable to film, but much smaller. Also called a digital camera memory card…
Viewfinder — The optical “window” to look through to compose the scene.
White Balance — White balancing adjusts the camera to compensate for the type of light (daylight, fluorescent, incandescent, etc.,) or lighting conditions in the scene so it will look normal to the human eye.
There are many more definitions within photography…but these will get you on your way!
Good luck…and…good shooting!