Photography Glossary

 The Ultimate Photography Glossary Term

The beauty of good photography is impressive, whether done on a skilled or an unskilled level.Images have been known to inspire change, redefine art and preserve precious memories for other purposes.With a click and a moment of flash, you can capture greatness and history altogether! However, enthusiasts can find themselves in unfamiliar territory with all the strange and changing photography – vocabulary used around them. That calls for a proper understanding of photography terms to help enjoy the thrill of photography. Here follows a well -researched list and comprehensive list of photography glossary terms commonly and rarely used in the world of photography to assist you to move swiftly to a whole new level in photography.This glossary is tailor-prepared to appeal to all photographers regardless of their skill-level (amateur and professional) seeking in-depth knowledge in the trade covering all terms from traditional photography to the new-age era.Time to learn and elevate your status!

 

Photography Glossary Terms

 

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AA Filter
A/D Converter
Adjustable Focus Lens
AE – Auto Exposure
AE Lock
AF – Auto Focus
Ambient Light
Angel Of View
Aperture
Aperture Priority – AE
Aspect Ration
Archive AVI
Astia
Auto Scene Recognition
Automatic Camera
Automatic Mode
AWB
B&W
Back Lit
Backlight
Banding
Barrel Distortion
Bellows
Bit
Bit Depth
Bitmap
Bleed
Blooming
Bluetooth
BMP
Borderless
Bounce Lighting
Bracketing
Brightness
Buffer
Bulb
Burst Mode
Byte
Candid Pictures
CCD
Close-up
Close-up lens
Coated lens
CMOS
CAF
Color Modes
Composition
Continuous Mode
Contrast
CRW
Dark Frame
Decompression
Dedicated Flash
Densitometer
Depth Of Field
Diaphragm
Diffuse Lighting
Digital Camera
Digital Viewfinder
Diffusion Dithering
Digital Zoom
Diopter
Dithering
DOF
Dodging
DPI
Dram
Dram Buffer
DSLR
E-TTL
EV
EVF
EXIF
Existing Light
Exposure
Exposure Bracketing
Exposure Compensation
Exposure Meter
Exposure Modes
External Flash
File Formats
Fill Flash
Fixed Aperture
Fixed Focal Length
Fixed Focus
Flash
Flash Memory
Flat Lighting
Focus
Focus Range
Focal Length
Focus Assist
Focus Lock
Focus Range
Foreground
FOV
Frame
Frame Rate
F-Stop
Gamma
Gamma Correction
GIF
Gradation
Gray Level
Gray Scale
Guide Number
Histogram
Hot Shoe
Hue
Image Processing
Image Resolution
Interval Recording
IR
ISO
JPEG
JPG
LCD
Lens
Lossless
Macro
mAh
Matrix Metering
Media
Megabyte (MB)
Memory Stick
Metering
Moirè
MOV
Movie clip
Motion JPEG
Movie Recording
Multi-Pattern Metering
Multi-Point Focusing
Multi-Zone Focusing
Noise
Noise Reduction
Optical Viewfinder
Optical Zoom
Orientation Sensor
Over Exposure
Panning
Panorama
Parallax
Pixel
Polarizer
PNG
Point & Shoot
Polarizing Filter
Programmed AE
Progressive Scan
RAW
Red-eye
Red-Eye Reduction Mode
Render
RGB
Range Finder
Resize
Resolution
Saturation
Self-Timer
Sharpness
Sensitivity
Shooting Modes
Shutter
Shutter Lag
Shutter Priority AE
Shutter Speed
Skylight Filter
Slow Sync
SLR
Smoothing
Spot Metering
Storage Media
SVGA
Telephoto
Thumbnail
TIFF
Time-Lapse
Trans Reflective
True Color
TTL
Unipod
USB
Under Exposure
UV Filter
VGA
Video Out
Viewfinder
Vignetting
White Balance
Wide Angle Lens
Zoom
Zoom Lens

Conclusion.

These terms may take years to fully master and effectively apply in the daily routine of a photographer but continued exposure and experience will ensure a comfortable understanding of most if not all, where applicable.Sometimes the terms are used very interchangeably and this glossary provides a perfect balance of all of them. Furthermore, the field of photography is a dynamic one and so are the terms used.Complex and new terms are being created, day- in day- out especially in the current era of digital photography and it thus calls for constant updating of oneself as time develops.This glossary is a very important asset to any upcoming and seasoned photographer out there seeking to further grow in their trade or hobby.It is my sincere hope that you find it helpful. If you come across new terms kindly let us know and we’ll gladly research about them and update our collection. Time to capture those great images, all said, the image is everything.

 

Thanks for reading if you have any questions just leave a comment below & I will be glad to answer you.

 

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4 thoughts on “Photography Glossary

  • February 22, 2017 at 4:07 PM
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    Hi Ehab
    This is quite a comprehensive list that you have.Certainly one that is worth bookmarking.

    It’s also great to be able to learn something new. As a beginner to the photography field, I definitely appreciate this list and will utilize it as and when needed.

    Glad to come across an article, that has got everything about photography from A-Z in one place.

    Thank you, to our ‘captured’ memories
    Regards
    Roopesh

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    • February 22, 2017 at 7:24 PM
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      Thanks Roopesh for your kind comment, glad that you find the page helpful, If you want to get rolling seriously in photography I recommend to read my photography course from “here” .

      Thanks for dropping by, wish to hear from you again.

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  • November 2, 2016 at 3:18 PM
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    Ehab, this is an interesting post – a quick guide for all photographers on the photography terms. I know some of them and Moire, Banding, and Astia are some of the terms that I have not heard before. It would be great if you can show examples of those terms alongside the definition. There is one effect that I like to use in my photography (amateur!) and that is SoftFocus. I can’t find that in your glossary, maybe it’s called by another name now?

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    • November 2, 2016 at 4:15 PM
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      Thank you for your comment, I am planning to update this post to includes some examples and may be photos. As for you question about soft focus, the definition is:

      It is to deliberately introduces spherical aberration in order to give the appearance of blurring the image while retaining sharp edges; it is not the same as an out-of-focus image, and the effect cannot be achieved simply by defocusing a sharp lens.

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