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Barn Doors

David Präkel

David Präkel has enjoyed a successful and diverse career in journalism, photography and education. He has taught photography at all levels in the UK and America, at the prestigious Kodak Imaging Training Centre and in his own training workshops in Northumberland. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Visual Dictionary of Photography

AVA Publishing SA, 2010

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...Barn doors are the four, hinged metal, matt-black painted flaps on tungsten lamps and flash heads. They are used to minimise unwanted light spills at the light source. Angling the barn doors allows the photographer to control where light...

Broad and Short Lighting

David Präkel

David Präkel has enjoyed a successful and diverse career in journalism, photography and education. He has taught photography at all levels in the UK and America, at the prestigious Kodak Imaging Training Centre and in his own training workshops in Northumberland. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Visual Dictionary of Photography

AVA Publishing SA, 2010

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...Turning the head to one side makes one aspect of the face appear wider than the other, referred to as the broad and short, or narrow, sides of the face respectively. These are also the names given to the two types of three-quarter lighting:...

Red Eye

David Präkel

David Präkel has enjoyed a successful and diverse career in journalism, photography and education. He has taught photography at all levels in the UK and America, at the prestigious Kodak Imaging Training Centre and in his own training workshops in Northumberland. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Visual Dictionary of Photography

AVA Publishing SA, 2010

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...In flash photographs, the subject’s eyes may sometimes seem to glow red. This is caused by the source of the flash being close to the camera lens. Light from the flash travels through the lens in the subject’s eyes and illuminates...

Flash

David Präkel

David Präkel has enjoyed a successful and diverse career in journalism, photography and education. He has taught photography at all levels in the UK and America, at the prestigious Kodak Imaging Training Centre and in his own training workshops in Northumberland. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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...Flash is a powerful but brief form of photographic light. It is distinct from continuous light, which is any light source that shines without break or interruption – usually tungsten or fluorescent lights. Originally, the flash came from...

Light Meter

David Präkel

David Präkel has enjoyed a successful and diverse career in journalism, photography and education. He has taught photography at all levels in the UK and America, at the prestigious Kodak Imaging Training Centre and in his own training workshops in Northumberland. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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...A light meter is used to measure the intensity of light for photography, giving a readout as a combination of shutter speed and aperture or a single Exposure Value (EV) number for a given film speed or digital sensitivity. Light meters can...

Silhouette

David Präkel

David Präkel has enjoyed a successful and diverse career in journalism, photography and education. He has taught photography at all levels in the UK and America, at the prestigious Kodak Imaging Training Centre and in his own training workshops in Northumberland. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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...A silhouette is the dark shape of the subject seen against a lighter background. This usually means a backlit subject seen in its own shadow or an unlit subject against a bright background. Silhouettes show no colour or textural...

Snoot

David Präkel

David Präkel has enjoyed a successful and diverse career in journalism, photography and education. He has taught photography at all levels in the UK and America, at the prestigious Kodak Imaging Training Centre and in his own training workshops in Northumberland. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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...A conical light shaper that restricts the beam of light from a lamp or flash head. This creates an unfocused pool of strong light that is often used to highlight a specific feature in a still life or to act as an effects light...

Available Light

David Präkel

David Präkel has enjoyed a successful and diverse career in journalism, photography and education. He has taught photography at all levels in the UK and America, at the prestigious Kodak Imaging Training Centre and in his own training workshops in Northumberland. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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...Available light is commonly associated with photography in low-light conditions. It is, however, any natural or artificial light that can be used by the photographer to get an exposure. The real distinction is that it is not photographic...

Darkcloth

David Präkel

David Präkel has enjoyed a successful and diverse career in journalism, photography and education. He has taught photography at all levels in the UK and America, at the prestigious Kodak Imaging Training Centre and in his own training workshops in Northumberland. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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AVA Publishing SA, 2010

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...Ground-glass viewing screens on large-format cameras are usually dim, especially with the lens set to the taking aperture. To see any image on the screen at all, it needs to be completely shaded from ambient light. The most convenient way...

Daylight

David Präkel

David Präkel has enjoyed a successful and diverse career in journalism, photography and education. He has taught photography at all levels in the UK and America, at the prestigious Kodak Imaging Training Centre and in his own training workshops in Northumberland. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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...Photographic daylight is the average summer sunlight as measured at noon on the Mall in Washington DC, USA, corresponding to a colour temperature of 5,500K. Practically speaking, that means the sun is out in a blue sky, one-third filled...