Photography terminology

One last photoshop term explained for your edification.

Leading. Pronounced "led ing" not "leed ing". Leading refers to the space between lines of type. In the early days of printing, printers used type characters made of lead. When they needed more space between lines of type the would add bars of lead to separate the lines. Hence "leading".

Photography terminology

What is sync speed?

Your sync speed refers to the synchronization between your flash and your shutter. If you are shooting shutter speed faster then your sync speed then there is a possibility that you will not capture the flash at all. Check your manual for the maximum sync speed of your camera.

Photography terminology - landscape vs portrait

Why do we use the term portrait and landscape?

Before we started using the terms "portrait" and "landscape" we used to use the terms "vertical" and "horizontal". The switch to portrait and landscape probably came into play when we started manufacturing copy machines. In this instance the manufacturers had to come up with a graphic symbol that would be recognized worldwide to represent vertical and horizontal. And since most landscape images are photographed as horiztontals and most portrait images are photographed as verticals...

Unfortunately, the use of these terms in the common English vernacular has helped to reinforce the idea that portraits must be photographed as a vertical while landscapes must be photographed as a horizontal.

Quiz to be continued next week. .

Photography terminology

Ever wonder what the "SLR" in "DSLR" stands for?

Before digital you had what was called a 35mm camera, they came as point and shoot cameras or SLR's. The 35mm indicated what size the film you had to use. So you had cameras that were capable of using the same film with a different body. We all know what a point and shoot is and most of us know what an SLR looks like too. But what does SLR mean? SLR stands for "Single Lens Reflex". As the image entered through your lens it comes in upside down, but it is then bounced off of a mirror that reflected upward through a glass prism and delivered the image right side up to your eyes. And this is why it's called a single lens reflex. The D was added when film went away and became Digital!