Photography : Photography Terms Every Beginner Needs to Know


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If you’re just starting out in photography, seeing all the technical terms being thrown around can be confusing and daunting. Apalapse created this 12-minute video with quick explanations of 25 of the most common terms you’ll run into.

Here’s an index of the terms along with the timestamps of where they’re introduced in the video:

1. Aperture (0:20)
2. Focal Ratio (0:44)
3. Focal Length (0:53)
4. Depth of Field (1:15)
5. Bokeh (1:33)
6. “T-Stop” (2:08)
7. Shutter Speed (2:36)
8. Exposure (3:09)
9. Long Exposure (3:21)
10. “Exposure Triangle” (3:35)
11. ISO (4:06)
12. Brightness (4:42)
13. Noise (5:24)
14. Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) (5:33)
15. Expose to the Right (ETTR) (6:39)
16. High Dynamic Range (HDR) (7:45)
17. RAW Image Mode (8:08)
18. JPEG Image Mode (8:11)
19. Post Production (8:21)
20. Auto Shooting Mode -8:54)
21. Meter (8:58)
22. Auto ISO (9:22)
23. Shutter Priority Mode (9:24)
24. Aperture Priority Mode (10:04)
25. Manual Mode (10:23)