Beginner Photography Questions & Answers


Aug 3, 2020
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Well, I just finished the first section of Digital Photography Complete Course. All of my posts on this section are contained in this forum. At the end of the section are a bunch of multiple choice questions that I thought I'd ask and answer here in this post. While the answer key in the book and the question answer choices do offer the short answers, in my typical style, I'll go ahead and offer up some more in depth information for you to work with. If you have any concerns with any of this, please let me know down below.

Q. Stopping the action is useful in what type of photography?

A. Sports photography. In general, with this type of photography, you don't want any motion blur. It's all about taking a crisp and clear snapshot of what's going on. The way to achieve this is to use a very fast shutter speed. Of course, this setting will reduce the amount of light that's allowed to touch your camera's sensor, but you can compensate for that by using a larger aperture and a higher ISO value. If your lens doesn't come with a large enough aperture to compensate, you may need to look into a more expensive lens. Generally, the larger the apertures, the more a lens costs.

Q. When should you decide on the size of your images?

A. This is actually a trick question. The answer in the book says that you should decide before your shoot, which is absolutely true. The thing is, many people reduce the sizes of their images after editing, depending on what they use those images for. So, literally speaking, you can take very large images and then, later on, decide that you'd like to reduce that size to something smaller. What the book meant was that you can't make small pictures bigger later on, so make sure your settings are accurate before you begin.

Q. The Crop Tool allows you to do what to a photo?

A. The book says that this tool allows you to remove any unwanted parts of the image, which is true. It can also resize an image as well and can even change the proportions of an image. It's a multifunctional tool.

Q. While taking photos of someone at work, you should do what?

A. You should try not to disturb them. If you do disturb them or ask them to act a certain way, they may appear unnatural. The entire reason you're photographing someone while they're working is to get candid shots.

Q. How many legs are there on a tripod.

A. C'mon. Tri means three.

Q. Lines in a photo, such as the horizon, should do what to the viewer?

A. Lines in photographs are oftentimes helpful for guiding the viewer's eyes to important areas. These lines are sometimes referred to as leading lines.

Q. What does the aperture do?

A. The aperture is meant to do one thing. That's allow a certain amount of light through the lens into the camera to touch the sensor. A side effect of this purpose is the adding or removing of foreground and background blur, sometimes referred to as bokeh. This blur is outside of the lens's depth of field.

Q. Underexposing an image does what to subjects that are lit from behind?

A. If you underexpose an image that's lit from behind, any object that's blocking the light will become a silhouette. As you brighten the image, the detail in the subjects will be revealed. You can simulate under and over exposure in post-processing.

Q. A high ISO setting allows you to shoot in what type of light?

A. Low light. The higher the ISO setting, the more sensitive the camera's sensor becomes. The more sensitive the sensor, the more light it will pick up in a scene.

Q. Which shooting mode allows you to apply the exact settings you want to use.

A. If you'd like full control with your photography, you should use full manual mode. If you use one of the priority modes, yes, you'll have control over that priority, but not the others. For example, if you choose to shoot in shutter priority, you'll have control over the shutter speed, but not the aperture.

Q. What can you see when you look through the viewfinder?

A. You can see what the lens sees. After light passes through the lens, it hits a mirror which flips the scene upside down. Then it hits another mirror which flips it back and makes it visible to you, the viewer.

Q. Shutter priority mode controls what aspect of the camera?

A. This priority mode allows the camera operator to choose his or her own shutter speed. The shutter speed defines how long the shutter stays open, allowing light through to the camera's sensor.

Q. Which part of a model should you focus on when taking a portrait shot?

A. The eyes. It's always the eyes. The same is true when taking wildlife shots, including birds. The eyes are the windows to the soul and they can be very revealing in photographs.

Q. A slow shutter speed will produce which effect?

A. The slower the shutter speed, the more opportunity for motion blur to introduce itself into the photograph. If you have your camera on a tripod though and there is no movement in your scene, there should be no blur. But, if you've got a slow shutter speed and you move the camera or something in your scene moves, you'll see blur. How much blur? That depends on how fast the movement is and how fast you move your camera. It also depends on how slow the shutter speed is.

Q. What size aperture produces a deep depth of field?

A. The smaller the aperture, the deeper the depth of field, everything else being equal. Depth of field also depends on how far the camera is from the subject, but in general, smaller apertures produce less blur in the foreground and background of a scene.
Beginner Photography Questions & Answers was posted on 01-24-2021 by WendyMay in the Photography Forum forum.
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