Breaking Down Nikon and Canon Terminology

Deciphering a camera’s specifications can be confusing, with all the acronyms and fancy names. I’ve compiled a list below to help you figure it all out… at least for Nikon and Canon.

I talk about a few of the terms in this video…

 



DSLR Nomenclature

Nikon Canon What is this?
FX Full Frame Full-Frame Sensor
DX (1.5x) APS-C (1.6x) Cropped Sensor
n/a APS-H (1.3x) Cropped Sensor
A Av Aperture Priority
S Tv Shutter Priority
M M Manual
P P Program
Continuous Servo Autofocus AI Servo Autofocus Continuous Focusing – the camera continues to focus after the shutter release is half-pressed
Single Servo Autofocus One Shot Autofocus Non-Continuous Focusing – the camera stops autofocusing once the shutter release is half-pressed
Continuous Continuous Shooting Continuous Shooting – as long as you hold the shutter release button, the camera will keep taking photos
Single Single Shooting Single Shot Shooting – one press of the shutter release button equals one photo
i-TTL (Intelligent Through the Lens) E-TTL (Evaluative Through the Lens) Flash metering pattern that weighs all parts equally
Active D-Lighting Auto Lighting Optimizer In high contrast lighting conditions, it effectively lightens the dark areas, while holding the bright areas
Interval Timer Self-Timer Continuous Photos taken at set intervals

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Lens Nomenclature

Nikon Canon What is this?
AF-S USM Silent Autofocus- near-silent focusing
AF n/a No autofocus motor in lens; to use autofocus, the camera body must have a focus motor
Micro Macro Macro- allows the lens to focus when close to the subject
n/a EF Designed for full-frame DSLRs & APS-H DSLRs (though a crop factor of 1.3x is applied)
DX EF-S Designed for cropped-sensor DSLRs; on Canon, will not work on full frame DSLRs in cropped mode
D n/a Aperture ring on lens
G EF & EF-S No aperture ring on lens
IF Internal Focus System Internal Focus- no moving focus ring on outside of lens
n/a Front Group Rotating Non-Internal Focus- moving focus ring on outside of lens
VR (Vibration Reduction) IS (Image Stabilization) Image Stabilization- prevents motion blur; especially helpful if shooting handheld at longer focal lengths

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Two Lights, One Backdrop, Six Different Looks

I pulled out my two Alien Bees B800 strobes and my tan backdrop and set out to get different looks by moving around the lights and adjusting the camera and light power settings. A few images from my shoot are below but VIPs, log in for an exclusive video explaining the details and a gallery of the images from the shoot!
 

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Moody Selective Lighting

Selective lighting is one of my favorite ways to shoot. For this shoot, I got into the studio and turned up the shadows!

 

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Index

I added an index to my site so it will be a bit easier to navigate. I broke all the posts up into categories. This is definitely a work in progress but it’s a start!

To see the new index, click here!

Gritty Pretty

I’ve seen a lot of gritty-looking portraits and I like them. However, a lot of them are… well… a little on the ugly side. I mean, that’s usually the point. 🙂 A lot of times, the subject is staring into the camera with a sad or a mean expression. I wanted to experiment with something different – instead of gritty-ugly, I wanted gritty-pretty!

 

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