Burning and dodging photo terminology

So now for the opposite of our last term (burning).

Dodging: You would be dodging the light from hitting the paper and therefore making the area lighter. Generally you would tape a small round piece of paper to the end of a skinny stick and wave it over areas you wanted to be lighter. It looked a lot like a lollipop, which is the symbol Photoshop uses.

Burning-Photography terminology

Time for another photo term definition and a return to the days of developing film.

Burning: When you made an enlargement of a photo, you had to project the negative onto a piece of light sensitive photo paper. The longer you allowed it to project on the paper, the darker it got. So if you wanted one area to be darker than another area, you would put your index finger and your thumb together to make a hole and allow more light to pass. Hence you were burning the picture. And, if you look closely at the symbol Photoshop uses for burning, it's an image of a hand making a hole with the first finger touching the thumb. Usually you used 2 hands in real life, but it's close enough.

Photography definitions

Hey, remember in school when you had a vocab quiz on Fridays? Here's a throwback for you then. Have you ever wondered where some of the terms in Photoshop come from like burning or dodging? Let's learn a few.

Contact Sheet: A contact sheet is a print out of thumbnails. So why is it called a contact sheet? Because in the old days of film you would take strips of negatives and organize them on photo paper and put a piece of glass on top to hold down the negatives. So then the negative made contact with the paper, hence a contact sheet.

Understanding Pixels Photo Workshop

Ever heard of a "pixel peeper"? These are photographers for whom the most important thing is the megapixel count. What is lost in their obsession, is that increasing pixels doesn't make a greater photo. Pixels are important if you are concerned with resolution and enlarging the image. However, pixel peepers cannot figure out how to take a nice looking or great photo, so they concentrate on the number of pixels instead. Pixels are easily quantifiable, a good photo isn't.