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…
|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|
|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|
|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|
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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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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