“Fringing”?! Photography Slang Explained

Photography can be a pretty mysterious world with a lot of weird slang that general public and amateurs, but also enthusiasts or even pros, find difficult to understand. Are you often confused by some of the things your photographer friends say? Like any hobby or pastime, there are common photography terms that we all come to learn, and then there is some of the more bizarre slang you can spend a lifetime behind the lens never understanding. Below we’ve compiled a collection of common photography slang and obscure camera acronyms to help lift the veil on their mystery.

Photo provided by Patricia Chica
Photo and cover photo provided by Patricia Chica

This is by no means a complete list. In fact, if there’s something we’ve missed feel free to add your own in the comments below – just keep it clean, people…

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Being A Movie Set Photographer: Alex Pixelle

iLHP is always on the look out to bring the best and exclusive content as you already know. We’ve interviewed lately the Zeiss managers at PhotoPlus Expo in New York. But our purpose is also to promote the work of great photographersamateurs and professionals in different fields like fashionmacrowildlife and architecture but this time is a little bit more exclusive and rare. iLHP met with Alex Pixelle, a professional photographer in the very exclusive industry of film making and TV shows! Her style is obviously outstanding. Alex was kind enough to make herself available in her very busy schedule and meet with us around a cup of coffee to talk about her photography world.

“To me photographing an actor/artist, is above all, bringing the best out of him/her and sublimate their charisma. The complete opposite of the craziness of the paparazzi. You have to respect them. It is pro to pro relationship, that is how they accept you.”

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Alex Pixelle herself!

iLHP: Hi Alex, we’re very happy and honored to have you here at iLHP. Photography and videography (movies) are sometimes very close together, however this is the first time we interview a movie and TV set photographer. Can tell us more about you?

Alex: I’m 27 years old. I come from the center of France, the region of the castles (les chateaux de la Loire). I always wanted to be a photographer since I was a teenager, but people tried to discourage me, saying it was not a “real job”. I thought that you have to do what you like, what you are passionate about in life, to accomplish your dreams, so I thought I should work hard on this!

“The Sony A7rII is a little revolution of its own!”

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Why Printings Are Essential For Your Practice

Digital has entered our lives in all its possible forms,  and frankly it is of course very convenient. It has never been easier to take a picture and share it with hundreds or thousands of people in seconds. But while printing photos is becoming easier and cheaper, the paper is shunned. Why?

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How cool is that?

In this article, we’ll explain why it is important to print your picture, either in the form of prints, albums or photo frames.

No matter the format, as long as it is your picture.

Printings, a Way to Aave Your Pictures

It might be less “smart” but it is more durable. That might sound silly to say as the paper can be damaged, burnt or torn etc. But, it might be surprising, the paper can be less fragile than a computer or a hard drive. A photo album that falls several meters high will resist a lot better than a hard drive.

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This is one of my personal frame and yes, Christmas is just around the corner!

Whether it’s film or digital photography, one of the problematics of the photographer is to have a secure archiving system of his/her photos. Photographers using the films are already well aware of the interest of the paper print, because without it a picture is not really developed. But for someone who only takes pictures in digital format, the images are often buried on hard drives or on an online photo storage service and forgotten. Continue reading Why Printings Are Essential For Your Practice

The Curious Case of the Wide-Normal Primes – Sony 28mm f/2 vs. Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 Distagon

The wide-normal prime is somewhat of an oddity. Nestled between the 17mm & 20mm ultra-wides and the 35mm & 40mm normals, the wide-normal primes sit comfortably, or awkwardly (depending on who you ask), in the 24mm to 28mm range.

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Shot handheld with a Sony 28mm f/2. The wide-normal prime is arguably the most versatile consumer prime lens.

In this lens shootout, we took two of the newest and most anticipated primes for the Sony FE mount to the Orange County County Fair. The County Fair is a public event that brings family and friends together for carnival games, petting zoos, and bacon. Lots and lots of bacon.

In typical iLHP lens review fashion, our tests will be broken down in several rounds as listed below:

  1. Sharpness and Distortion
  2. Vignetting and Flare
  3. Bokeh and 3D Pop
  4. Field of View
  5. Real World Handling

The Contenders & Their Specs

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(c) John vR @ photographicwanderings.com. Despite the Batis’ larger size, it doesn’t weigh that much more than the Sony, and it’s materials are beautiful.

On the left, weighing in at a welterweight of 335g with a $1,299 price tag, is the brand new OLED displayed Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 Distagon. On the right, weighing in at a featherweight 200g with an equally wallet-easy $448 price tag, is the Sony 28mm f/2.

Both have completely silent AF systems. Both come with pedal-shaped lens hoods. The Zeiss blows the Sony out of the water in terms of build quality, what with its high quality plastics that resemble metal and the world’s first OLED focus scale. But at almost 3x the price, the build quality is expected and, honestly, necessary. The Sony is minimal yet still built very well. No complaints for either lenses then.

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5 Experiments to Overcome Photographer’s Block

Sometimes we get stuck in a rut. We feel lethargic and uninspired. We feel the urge to blow a bunch of money on a new lens or a new camera, in hopes that it would somehow reinvigorate our passions. But what if we already have what we need to overcome photographer’s block? Here are 5 simple experiments to try to expand our photographic horizons.

5. Shoot with Your Least Used Lens

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Shot with a Holga 25mm Pinhole

We’ve all been there. A late night Craigslist session, an impulse BUY IT NOW! on eBay, or a well commissioned salesperson at a camera store. We all have lenses that we sparingly use.

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Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

Mine used to be the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro. Fantastic lens. Brilliantly sharp. But I’m not gifted with the patience to shoot macrophotography and I also bought it as a portrait lens. I found it to be slightly too long, too slow to use in dim light without stabilization, and too inexpensive to part with. So I kept it. For years. In a closet.

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Right now, it’s my Holga 25mm Pinhole lens. Super fun lens. Incredibly inexpensive. However, a plastic meniscus lens at f/8 has limited usability at night or indoors. But rather than dwelling on limitations, a lens’ unique character could force you to think outside the box and be creative.

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