Thursday, August 2, 2007

Speaking Your Photographer's Language

When it comes to booking your photographer its easier to feel confident and know what to expect when you know what the Photographer is saying. Below are some key words to help you navigate through your contract and find the best Photographer for your style

  • 35 mm: A type of film used in most cameras. 35 mm describes the size of the negative. Also refers to cameras that use 35 mm film.
  • 4 x 5: A large-size film often used by professional photographers for portraits and landscapes. The negative measures four inches by five inches. Also refers to cameras that use 4 x 5 film.
  • Candid: A photograph that is not posed. Generally taken without the subject's awareness.
  • Documentary Style: A style of shooting videotape or film that includes interviews, and candid or unstaged scenes.
  • Fisheye: An extremely wide-angle lens used to create photographs with a distorted 'rounded' effect.
  • Infrared: A special film that reacts to the infrared light spectrum. Results in dramatic color shifts in color film and ethereal glows in black-and-white film. This film requires special handling and processing.
  • Internegative: A negative created from an existing photograph. Allows new prints to be made from a photograph if the original negative has been lost. Often results in higher quality images than direct scans of the photograph.
  • Medium Format: A film type with a negative that is larger than 35 mm film. The resulting pictures can be used to create quality prints that are much larger than can be done with 35 mm film. Also refers to a camera that uses medium format film.
  • Multiple Exposure: A process during which a picture is exposed to light several times, either at the time the picture is taken or later, during printing. Multiple exposures can create many different effects.
  • Negative: Film that has been exposed and developed. Light is projected through the negative to create the finished print.
  • Online Photo Showcasing: Displaying proofs of an event online, which enables you and your guests to easily view, share, and purchase professionally captured images - anytime, anywhere.
  • Panorama: A special camera that allows the photographer to take a picture with a much wider view than normal -- up to 360 degrees, depending on the camera. These cameras require special film.
  • Portrait: A formal, posed photograph.
  • Prints: The final, retouched photographs purchased by the newlyweds and their loved ones.
  • Proofs: Normal-sized pictures used by the couple to select prints. Proofs have not been retouched and must often be returned to the photographer.
  • Retouch: The process by which the photographer removes tiny imperfections caused by dust or other debris from the photograph. Can also be used to remove skin blemishes from photographs.
  • Selective Focus: A technique in which one portion of a photograph is in focus while other elements are blurred. The viewer's eye is naturally drawn toward the part of the photo that is in sharp focus.
  • Sepia: A golden brown tint sometimes applied to black-and-white pictures. Can give the finished print an antique appearance.
  • Shot List: A list of required photographs provided to the photographer prior to the wedding. Includes the subjects of each photograph and any additional pertinent information.
  • Soft Focus: A technique using a special lens or attachment, which softens all of the edges in a photograph. The resulting picture appears as though the subject was photographed behind a light layer of gauze.
  • Telephoto: A special type of lens used to photograph subjects that are far away. Essentially functions like binoculars for the camera.

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