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Photo Studio and Photo Equipment Terms - S



Photo Studio and Photo Equipment Terms - S

Softboxe

Light modifier. Its components are front and rear diffuser and additionnally a grid and round and square masks. Softboxes are used to soften the light as well as making it even. They can be used with continuous lights or with studio flashes. Adapters will make a softboxe compatible with different brand of studio flashes.


Striplight

Light modifier. Its components are front and rear diffuser and additionnally a grid and round and square masks. Striplights are used for side lighting in portraits or full body beauty photography.


Softboxe square

Light modifier. Its components are front and rear diffuser and additionnally a grid and round and square masks. Square softboxes are used in portraits, still life photography. Square catch lights.


Softboxe octogonal

Light modifier. Its components are front and rear diffuser and additionnally a grid and round and square masks. An Octagonal Softbox is used for Beauty Portraits, full body photography. Used for single subject portraits and group photography. This softbox can be used for Product Photography, or any other form of photography, as the larger the light source in relation to the subject, the softer the light will be. To have circular catch lights use an octagonal softbox.


Snoot

Used to control light. Cone shaped light modifier to provide a narrow beam of light. Snoots are usually used with flash lighting. They are used when a background is very close to the subject.


Spigot

Connector used with light stands to fit studio flashes or continuous daylights. A spigot's connection is usually 5/8 and make any light stand that uses such connectors compatible with lights.


Studio Photography

Photography done in a studio. It gives total control over all aspects of the shoot. (lighting, environment)


Standard Reflector

Standard reflectors concentrate the light forward. Standard reflectors are used to fit accessoiries such as color gels, barn doors, honeycombs.


Speedlite

Flash device that are stand alone and can be off camera or on camera. It is mounted on the hot shoe of the camera or can be used off camera with a flash adapter


Sync Speed

Sync speed is the fastest shutter speed you can use with flash. You cannot use a faster shutter speed than the sync speed with flash. Fast sync helps stop motion and help get enough flash power to balance with direct sunlight.
(Source: http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/syncspeed.htm)


Shutter Speed

Shutter speed is the length of time a camera's shutter is open when taking a photograph. The amount of light that reaches the film or image sensor is proportional to the exposure time.
(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shutter_speed)


Studio clip

Accessory in a photography studio. It has many usage : hold a paper background, hold accessories, etc. They come with various accessories and variation: ie studio clip with spigot, studio clip with gooseneck, etc


Studio clamp

Accessory in a photography studio. It has many usage : support lights, , hold accessories, etc. They come with various accessories and variation: ie clamp with spigot, clamp with hooks, etc


Silver brolly

Light modifier of gold color. Used in portrait and product photographies to brighten the light and make it direct.


Studio bag

Studio bags are used to store photography accessories, lights, tripods, camera and lenses. They are either hard case or soft case.


Silder

Provide stability when filming with a camera, camcorder. They can be used on their own or mounted on tripods.


Steadycam

Provide stability when filming with a camera, camcorder. (steadycam arm, steadycam vest)


SLR

A single-lens reflex camera (SLR) typically uses a mirror and prism system (hence "reflex", from the mirror's reflection) that permits the photographer to view through the lens and see exactly what will be captured, contrary to viewfinder cameras where the image could be significantly different from what will be captured.
(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single-lens_reflex_camera)


Spherical diffuser

Light modifier that has a spherical shape and that is designed to diffuse light and is used in large-scale illumination. Can be used for portrait photography.


Shutter release

Push-button found on many cameras, used to take a picture. Shutter release can also be done remotely via a remote.


Shutter

Device that allows light to pass for a determined period of time, exposing photographic film or a light-sensitive electronic sensor to light in order to capture a permanent image of a scene. A shutter can also be used to allow pulses of light to pass outwards, as seen in a movie projector or a signal lamp.
(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shutter_%28photography%29)


Servo trigger

Accessory to remotely flash with slave flashes. The photo cell on the front of the sync flash shoe receives the signal from the master flash and triggers the slave flash which is plugged to the servo trigger.


Sand bag

Used to stabilise tripods. The bag can be filled with water, water bottles, sand or rocks and placed on the leg of a tripod in order to add weight to stabilize it when using heavy light or light modifiers.


Studio flash

The term usually refers to large flash units used in indoor studios. These flash units are powered by AC (mains) power and are not portable, like on-camera shoe-mounted flash units. They offer far more light output than small battery-powered units, are usually mounted on telescoping stands and can be attached to various light-modifying devices for considerable flexibility. They are typically triggered by simple electrical signals (“fire now!”) from the camera or a slave trigger. Sometimes they connect to the camera by a simple electrical cable with PC connectors as above, and sometimes they are hooked up to optical slaves and trigger in response to a burst of light from a master flash unit.
(Source: http://photonotes.org/articles/beginner-faq/flash.html). Flashes can be used with light modifiers (barn door, softboxes, snoot, ect)


 




 

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