De-Coding the Language of Camera Specs: 5 Key Terms to Know

Camera specsNot sure why your photos are coming out blurry? Curious about the best settings for a daytime shoot? Just want to know what an aperture is? While it’s true that cameras have a language of their own, you can improve the quality of your pics by understanding a few key terms. To help, here’s a rundown of 5 important camera specs plus tips that will enhance your photos:


1: Aperture – Also known as “f-stop” or “f-number”


Just like an eye’s pupil, the aperture is the size of the lens opening that lets in light. Wider is typically better because as size increases, the depth of field (the area of sharpness in front of and behind the subject) also increases.


Tip: A large f-number will bring the images in the foreground and background into focus. A smaller f-number will only bring the image in the foreground into focus, while the background will become blurry.


2: Burst – Also referred to as “continuous shooting rate”


Burst is the rate of frames per second that a camera can capture.


Tip: You’ll want to increase the burst rate if you’re trying to take action shots—this way you’re more likely to snag a great pic in the middle of the excitement.

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