Flashcards designed to help study for the Certified Professional Photographer exam.
Courtesy of Heather Smith | Smith Photography & Design | www.smithphotodesign.com
What is a BIT?
The smallest unit of information consisting of either a 1 or a zero. It can only represent two possibilities - either yes or no, black or white.
What is a color profile?
A mathematical translator assigned to each piece of equipment you use (they map one gamut to another; and the ICC (or International Color Consortium) profile is usually shipped by the equipment manufacturer).
What does "photomacrograph" or "macrophotograph" mean?
Close-ups that are life-size or larger. Images through microscopes are "photomicrographs."
What is gamut?
The entire range of colors that can be seen, reproduced, or captured. Our eyes have a greater gamut than a print or monitor.
What are the effects of top lighting?
Creates deep shadows in eye pockets, under nose, and chin.
What are the effects of high side lighting?
With the Main at 45 degrees to one side and 45 degrees above subject, it is a classic angle for portraits. It seems natural and flattering and models the face into 3D form.
How can you change the brightness of the background when using flash?
Change the shutter speed. The longer the shutter speed, the lighter the background will be. The faster the shutter speed, the darker the background will be because less existing light is captured.
What is interpolated resolution?
On a scanner; it guesses what the pixels look like in between the ones the scanner can actually measure.
Digital cameras use what set of primary colors?
Additive (R, G, B)
What do the bars on the left of a histogram represent?
What do the bars on the right of a histogram represent?
The area of acceptable sharpness in an image is called what?
Depth of field
What is a derivative file?
A RAW file that has been altered
What kind of lighting pattern is useful to widen a subject?
What kind of lighting patter is useful to narrow a face?
As the aperture is stopped down, what happens to sharpness?
More of the background and foreground are sharp.
Why is depth of field greater on a short lens versus a long lens?
Relative aperture. The opening on a long lens must be larger than a corresponding opening on a short lens to produce the same f-stops.
What is focal length, technically?
The distance between the lens rear nodal point and the focal plane when the lens is focused at infinity.
Focal length controls what?
1) Magnification, or the size of the subject; 2) Angle of view
A normal (or standard) focal length lens approximates what?
The impression human vision gives
What determines what will be a 'normal' focal length lens on a particular camera?
Sensor size - the larger the sensor size, the longer the focal length of a normal lens. (Corresponds to a diagonal line across the frame)
What does side lighting emphasize?
To minimize facial wrinkles, this type of lighting is best
What are IPTC fields used for?
Metadata fields that hold info on photographer, subject, and use.
An in-camera reflected meter reading a very light toned scene indicates an exposure of 1/250th at f/8. For a correct exposure, what should you do?
Use positive exposure compensation (overexposure). A reflected meter reading will attempt to make the scene 18% gray - employ overexposure to adjust.
An incident-exposure reading for a fair-skinned subject reads f/8, 1/125th at 100 ISO. The next subject is very dark skinned. What is the proper exposure for the second subject?
No change. The EXPOSURE doesn't change or it would also change the background as well. Move the lights to adjust.
What is the general rule of thumb for the measurement of a 'normal' lens?
The diagonal measurement of the sensor.
What kind of light will be produced when using a large white umbrella close to a subject?
flat, low contrast light
This technique allows you to keep a subject that is moving toward you well focused
How does 'unsharp mask' work?
It emphasizes the edges between tones. A threshold of zero affects all pixels - a higher threshold affects just the edges with high tonal difference and minimizes noise.
What is the CCD or CMOS sensor?
The sensor that converts the image from analog to digital (1's and 0's) CCD=charge coupled device; CMOS=complementary metal-oxide semiconductor
What does a neutral density filter do?
Absorbs equal quantities of all wavelengths of light. It allows you to use wider apertures or slower shutter speeds without changing color balance.
What is the effect of front lighting?
Flattens out the volume of the subject and minimizes textures
What kind of film can help reduce haze in a landscape?
Going clockwise around the color wheel, starting with RED, what is the progression of colors?
Red, Yellow, Green, Cyan, Blue, Magenta
Generally, traditional portraits use what lighting ratio?
3:1 or 4:1
An SLR camera uses what to allow you to see exactly what you'll photograph?
A mirror and pentaprism
What is a flag?
Also called a gobo; it is a small panel usually mounted on a stand that shades some part of the subject or shields the lens from light that could cause flare
A filter with a factor of 2 requires how many stops of compensation?
factor of 2 = 1 stop compensation. (Each time a factor doubles, it's one additional stop)
What angle of view does a reflected light meter read?
Similar to a normal lens at about 30 degrees
What angle of view does a spot meter read?
Maybe as little as 0.5 degrees or 1 degree
What angle of view does an incident meter read?
Very wide at about 180 degrees
What is the name of the issue that prevents you from seeing exactly what the lens sees when using a rangefinder camera?
What is the optical resolution on a scanner defined as?
The pixels per inch a scanner is capable of capturing often described as two numbers (i.e. 1200x2400)
Name 2 ways you can decrease depth of field
1) Use a longer lens; 2) Move closer to the subject
A lens set at f/4 admits how much more/less light than one set at f/2.8?
Half as much light
When buying a lens hood, you should get it in what size relative to the lens?
It should match the focal length. Too wide and it's inefficient; too narrow and it will vignette; most likely to occur with wide angle of 28mm and below.
A color image with smooth gradiations requires at least what bit depth?
24 bits per pixel (8 per color), which gives 16,777,216 colors
When the size of the aperture is decreased, it is said to be what?
A general purpose lens will provide an f-stop range of up to how many?
Panning does what?
Keeps a moving subject sharp while blurring the background
What is an element and where is it found?
A simple lens with two curved sides or one curved and one flat side; found in a compound lens.
What two controls adjust the amount of light that reaches the sensor?
Aperture and shutter
What do TTL systems react to?
The amount of light reflected back from the subject during exposure.
Convex lenses cause light rays to do what?
bend toward each other and converge at the focal point.
In short lighting, where is the main light placed?
To strike the side of the face away from the camera.
Why does a short lens create wide-angle distortion
Because you can move in close to the subject
What does ISO stand for?
International Organization for Standardization
Aperture controls what?
The brightness of the light that reaches the sensor
What is the suggested shutter speed to stop action of a child running parallel to the film plan, about 25 feet from the camera?
Perspective is affected by what?
What is a BYTE?
An 8-BIT sequence that represents 256 possibilities - black & white & 254 shades of grey. The size of a file is the number of bytes it contains.
Most modern lenses are based on this kind of lens
Sharpness from near to far is controlled by what?
The quantity of light that reaches your sensor is controlled by what?
Shutter speed & aperture
The term to describe the combination of aperture and shutter speed that can be changed by moving them in opposite directions
Most lenses are sharpest closed down to how many stops from the widest?
1 or 2
Name two ways you can increase depth of field (other than changing aperture)
1) Use a shorter focal length; 2) Move farther away from the subject
In a curves adjustment layer, what does the shape of the curve indicate?
When the additive primaries are mixed together equally, what is created?
White (additive primaries are Red, Green Blue)
An in-camera reflected meter reading a very dark scene indicates an exposure of 1/250th at f/8. For a correct exposure, what should you do?
Use negative exposure compensation (underexpose). The meter will attempt to make the dark scene 18% grey, underexpose to bring it back to dark.
When the subtractive primaries are added together equally, what is created?
Black. Subtractive primaries are Magenta, Yellow, Cyan
What is the inverse square law?
The intensity of the illumination is inversely proportional to the square of the distance from light to subject. At twice the distance from the subject, the light illuminates only 1/4 of the original.
What is TTL?
Through the Lens. A camera that can automatically control flash exposure using sensors inside the camera.
If you must move to reduce the amount of flash reaching your subject, how far do you move?
To create a 1-stop difference, multiply the original distance by 1.4. Example - if you were originally 5 feet away, a 1-stop difference would have you step back to 7 feet.
What kind of lighting pattern is best for average oval faces and round faces you want to slim?
How much resolution do you need for: Internet? Newspaper? Photographic print? Glossy magazine?
Selectively increasing print exposure, which will make select parts of the image darker
What is dodging?
Selectively blocking light during print exposure to lighten the area
All objects beyond the closest distance in focus will be sharp when this appears within the DOF scale
What is the best color profile for web images?
What angle should a polarizing filter be to the sun for best results?
90 degrees. If using to eliminate reflections, it should be used at 35 degrees.
What does the term "stop" mean?
A change in illumination
The amount of motion blur in an image will increase if you do what?
lengthen (or slow) the shutter speed
What are the three main factors that affect depth of field?
Aperture, focal length, and distance to the subject
In the 20th century, black & white photographers used the Zone system to tame excessive contrast. Now, digital photographers use what?
High Dynamic Range
A ring of thin, overlapping leaves located inside the lens is called what?
The diaphragm - the mechanism that controls aperture.
Printers use what set of colors?
Subtractive primaries (plus black)
An image made of pixels is sometimes called what?
A raster image
What are quad- and hex- tone printing?
Inkjet black & white printing where color cartridges are replaced with shades of gray, resulting in smooth tones and slight color cast
What is a thyristor?
A light-sensitive cell or sensor inside a flash unit that measures the amount of light reflecting off a subject when a flash is used.
The relative aperture is equal to the lens focal length divided by what?
What are luminance and illuminance?
Luminance is light reflected from the subject (measured by a reflected-light meter), while Illuminance is light falling on a subject (as measured with an incident light meter)
Contrast measures what in a print?
The difference between light and dark.
What light source has the highest color temperature?
Direct sun at 11,000 Kelvin
Daylight is approximately what color temperature?
Tungsten is approximately what color temperature?
Stopping a lens down from f/8 to f/16 represents a X stop difference
Two (f/8 > f/11 > f/16)
A lens with a very wide angle of view and produces barrel distortion is what kind of lens?
This kind of meter is preferred by photographers working in a studio situation where lighting conditions can be altered
Incident light meter
8 bits per pixel gives you how many colors?
This viewing option gives you the most accurate version of your image in Photoshop
Actual Pixel view
Copyright law has certain built-in exceptions that allow for special situations in using copyrighted material. They are called what?
In a 2:1 ratio, the shadow side of the subject would meter at X stop(s) less than the highlight side
One stop less
According to the Inverse Square Law, at a distance of 10 feet from a flash, the area illuminated receives how much more/less light than the area illuminated at 20 feet from the flash?
four times more
What kind of lighting pattern places the key light directly in front of and higher than the face?
What Photoshop tool allows you to select an area of any size or shape by drawing freehand?
when adjusting an image with levels, if you want to make any color neutral quickly, what would you do?
Click with the neutral-point dropper on the selected color
The smallest unit of digital information is called a what?
A histogram shows what in an image?
The brightness of all the pixels in an image
Resolution refers to what?
The number of pixels per unit of length in a image
Bit depth refers to what?
The amount of information contained in each pixel
Color systems divide all colors into which three measurements?
Hue, Luminance, Saturation
Cyan is composed of equal parts of what two colors?
Blue & Green
This stores electronic images captured in a digital camera until they can be transferred to a computer
Memory card / flash card / compact flash card
Using this kind of automatic exposure setting on the camera, you set the aperture and the camera sets the shutter speed
Using this kind of automatic exposure setting on the camera, you set the shutter speed and the camera sets the aperture
Doubling the aperture setting creates how many stops difference in the amount of light reaching the sensor?
As the aperture becomes smaller, what happens to the depth of field?
What is the term used to describe a sensor's sensitivity to light?
What is the usable exposure range, or range of subject brightness called?
The term "ISO speed" is used to describe what?
The sensor's sensitivity to light
A technique used to maintain sharp focus on a subject that is moving toward you is called what?
This kind of lens has a variable focal length
What kind of meter is built in to most cameras?
Reflected light meter
This type of file format compresses images by discarding pixels; therefore, each time an images is compressed, it loses pixels
In a digital image, the images file sizes corresponds to the total number of what in the image?
Total number of pixels
Can you save layers in a JPEG file format?
Printers use how many bits per channel of information when printing?
This type of backup system is fault-tolerant because it creates redundant data
This light modifier can be used to highlight a specific area of the subject
According to the rule of thirds, where should the important parts of an image fall?
Along the lines of an imaginary grid at intersecting points that divide the image into thirds horizontally and vertically
The rule of thirds necessitates that the composition be divided into a grid of now many equal rectangles or squares?
What is the term used to describe data contained in a digital image?
What is the term used to describe human's change in perception of a color under different light sources?
If your print will be viewed mostly under window light, what is the suggested Kelvin temperature of the lights you should use to evaluate your print?
What is the name of the technique used to make a monitor look like what you will see on your print?
The greatest tonal range from black to white is achievable on what kind of paper?
Most inkjet printers intended for photographic printing include light and dark inks of all of the colors except for one. Which color ink is usually available only in one density?
What image adjustment tool uses a histogram display to alter an image?
Photoshop's command for a simple way to start using color balance is what?
Whenever another image is copied or moved into a file, Photoshop automatically creates what?
A new layer
Instead of permanently altering your image when adjusting for color and value, what should you do?
Use and adjustment layer
A magic wand tool is used for what?
Selecting portions of the image based on color
What color is opposite Red on the color wheel?
What color is opposite Green on the color wheel?
What color is between Magenta and Cyan on the color wheel?
Blue is opposite what color on the color wheel?
To produce optimal sharpness, detail, and resolution, is a higher or lower ISO setting better?
If an image is too blue, what color adjustment should be made in Photoshop to correct it?
If an image is too magenta, what color adjustment should be made in Photoshop to correct it?
If an image is too red, what color adjustment should be made in Photoshop to correct it?
If an image is too yellow, what color adjustment should be made in Photoshop to correct it?
If an image is too green, what color adjustment should be made in Photoshop to correct it?
If an image is too cyan, what color adjustment should be made in Photoshop to correct it?
A tall vertical line on the right hand edge of a histogram indicates what?
A histogram with peaks on either end of the histogram and a deep valley in between represents what?
A high contrast image
The histogram of a properly exposed grey card will show a vertical bar where on the histogram?
In the middle
True or false - a tonal correction can be accomplished by using a hue/saturation adjustment layer
Maximum depth of field at a given aperture is achieved by focusing at what?
Hyperfocal distance. A lens focused at the hyperfocal distance has depth of field extending from approximately half the hyperfocal distance to infinity, whereas a lens focused at infinity has a depth of field only at infinity.
* Cards provided courtesy of Heather Smith | Smith Photography & Design | www.smithphotodesign.com *
* Cards provided courtesy of Heather Smith | Smith Photography & Design | www.smithphotodesign.com *
The image transmitted by the lens is recorded by the what?
The term "ISO speed" is used to describe what?
a sensor (or film's) sensitivity to light
If you're working with an automatic camera and you set the aperture and the camera sets the shutter speed, what mode are you working in?
If you're working with an automatic camera and you set the shutter speed and the camera sets the aperture, what mode are you working in?