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When you try to print more than one photo in succession any unprinted pictures are held in this queue waiting to be printed.
An automatic exposure mode which selects a faster shutter speed than normal to help freeze fast moving subjects.
A meter that takes measurements from a one degree angle. Some advanced SLR cameras have an integral spot meter with the measuring pattern marked on the viewing screen.
A technique using a fine sable brush loaded with watercolour or dye to retouch small dust marks or hairs on prints. You can also retouch black spots using bleach.
There are two main types of colour profile featuring the RGB gamut. One is AdobeRGB the other is sRGB. sRGB is used on the web by browsers and many cheaper digital cameras. The colour gamut is much more limited compared to AdobeRGB, but it also means that lots of similar shades will be rendered more smoothly than in AdobeRGB.
With stacking (also called focus stacking) one combines multiple images in a software program, each image with a slightly different focus, in order to increase the depth of field or the sharpness of an image. It is mainly used for astronomy, macro or micro photography.
Another specialist interest camera that takes two pictures side by side and when viewed using special stereo viewer the image appears three-dimensional. Other types record two pictures using different coloured filters which are then printed offset and viewed using coloured glasses to see a 3D image.
Used to describe a method of studio or outdoor photography where objects are pre-arranged to be photographed.
A camera made by the likes of Canon and Sony that recorded electronic pictures onto an internal floppy disk. It was, if you like, the first type of digital camera, but quality was poor.
Photographs taken and submitted to a picture library. The library then sells the reproduction rights and takes a percentage of the fees. A good stock photographer regularly supplies images to the library and can earn a good income from picture sales throughout the year.
Processing chemicals that have been diluted with water and ready for use.
An acidic bath that is used after the developer to stop development and reduce fixer contamination.
A TTL metering method that measures the light at the selected aperture .
Decreasing the size of the lens opening (aperture); for example, from f/8 to f/11. This increases the depth of field in a photograph, but a longer exposure is required.
Taking (candid) photos of people and/or animals in public places - think of streets, shops, stations, parks, trains, beaches, festivals, conventions, etc. The aim of this genre is to capture everyday moments and people's interactions with each other and their environment. Also see documentary photography.
An extremely fast recycling lamp or flash used for scientific and creative photography.
An imaging sensor which is smaller than a Full frame sensor. Also see Crop factor.
That what is being photographed, or a description thereof.
Used in colour printing where various amounts of cyan, magenta and yellow filtration are placed over white light to subtract unwanted quantities of red, green or blue.
An automatic exposure mode which sets the camera white balance to emphasize the red colour of the sky at sunset.
Developed by Fujifilm for their Nexia APS films. The formulated grain structure is about one-half the size of conventional films and ensures consistent shape for exceptionally smooth, fine-grained prints.
Another name for a close-up lens.
A higher resolution monitor or camera CCD that displays or records images with 780x480 pixels.
A feature of electronic flashguns that have a head that rotates through 180 degrees so that the light can be bounced off a wall to soften and spread the light.