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Composition Photo Workshop by Blue Fier

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Glossary

ambient light

All the light occurring in an environment, including sunlight and artificial-light sources such as tungsten or fluorescent lights. Also known as available light.

ambient metering

A handheld meter that measures the light falling on your subject.

angle of view

The area that a lens sees and that is included in the viewfinder or LCD screen.

aperture

A variable opening in a lens that allows light into the camera. Also called f-stop.

archival

Describes prints and materials that, when stored properly, will last for many years without degrading.

artifact

Unnatural coloration of pixels caused by lens aberrations or interpolation of image data.

asymmetry

Unequal balance in a composition.

available light

See ambient light.

bellows attachment

An adjustable accordion-like device that goes between your camera body and lens for taking macro photographs.

bracket

To take several exposures of the same scene using different settings, typically overexposing and underexposing the image by one f-stop. In post-production, you can blend overexposed and underexposed versions of an image to achieve more detail in the highlight and shadow areas.

cable release

A cable that you can attach to your camera, with a push-button on one end. Pressing the push button trips the shutter. Using a cable release is handy when photographing scenes that require long exposure times because it minimizes camera movement.

camera obscura

From the Latin word for dark room. Originally a darkened room with a small opening or aperture ...

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