How to Make Your Shutdown Time Productive: 60 Photography Terms You Need to Know

We are all part of what is happening in the world right now: widespread shutdowns of schools, some work places, and the advice to continue social distancing. While none of this is to be taken lightly, we can also utilize this time to be productive in areas we may have been neglecting.

These next few weeks, I wil share videos that are brush-ups on the basics, tutorials that can help motivate you, and some good old fashioned art that can help inspire you. This is a great time for those stuck at home due to the school and event shutdowns to get better aquatinted with the hobby they are hoping to turn pro one day. 

The first, of course, is learning your photography language. If you are unfamiliar with the terms tutorials use, this video by Practical Photography is a great way to fully understand what the pros are trying to teach you. While this may be great for beginners, it may even help some who have forgotten the basics as well. It is always a great exercise to brush up if some of the terms you do not use in everyday conversations. They explain the basic terms and then onto not so basic terms to help improve your photography vocabulary. These range from "aperture" to "rectilinear" and everything in-between. If you have any terms you want to add, feel free to mention them in the comment section below! 

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Robert Feliciano's picture

You can't expect me to take anyone who hangs his paper horizontally seriously do you?
It says write on the box, store vertically.

stuartcarver's picture

10/10 for utterly ridiculous things to pick up on, OCD much?

Kirk Schwarz's picture

Wouldn't worry about it. I don't take anyone seriously that reads the instructions! ;)

Not my studio, not my rolls, not my storage system.

Wolfgang Hackl's picture

Hi folks, can anybody help me getting the shutter speed explanation sorted (term 3)? Maybe it's just nitpicking, but as far as I understand, there is a misconception happening in this video. Shutters always move at the same speed - what we describe with shutter speed is "how long will it stay open".

Dave Dundas's picture

This was my understanding as well, shutter speed, technically, is the time between the first curtain and the second curtain, at least, that's what I always thought it was. I have never heard of anyone mentioning that the physical shutters are variable-speed.