Photography terminology

What is a strobe?

The word strobe and flash is used interchangeably among professional photographers. Just that simple, a strobe unit is a flash unit. We say "use a strobe" which means "use a flash". Or "strobe it" which means "add flash to it". Easy

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. .