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Knowing your Camera

Camera in case

How far cameras have come - but the basics are still the same

We wanted to offer more to our blogs than just home decorating and design advice.  I thought that photography information would be a great choice. Both I and my father are budding amateur photographers.  Neil has been an active pursuant of this field for many years.  I have fond memories of being in the dark room as a child.  He would always ask my sister and me if we really wanted to be in there and if we did we had to stay very still.  As he did colour, we had to sit in the total dark, Suzi would often opt out before we had to turn the lights out.  His darkroom was under our old Queenslander, so it was a bit drafty and echoed.  I remember we had this big old green tree frog that lived in the extractor fan.  You would know he was there when the fan just wouldn’t go.  We would take it out only for it to be back in there the very next day.

Cameras have come a long way since the days of brownie box cameras.  We now have a myriad of cameras to choose from; these vary in size, shape and features.  For many of us the good old point and shoot digital camera is really all we need.  Do you know how many megapixels the camera is, or what sort of zoom your camera has?  You should take a few minutes of your time to read your manual that comes with your camera to become familiar with all the features your camera has.  Many cameras now even have HD video recording – which is great for those clips of priceless moments.  Most mobiles even contain a pretty reasonable camera feature.  The same basic rules of photography apply to all these, no matter they size, type or style.

Here is a glossary of a few photography terms:


Lens opening. The opening in a camera lens through which light passes to expose the film. The size of aperture is either fixed or adjustable. Aperture size is usually calibrated in f-numbers-the larger the number, the smaller the lens opening.

Autofocus (AF)

System by which the camera lens automatically focuses the image of a selected part of the picture subject.


The quantity of light allowed to act on a photographic material; a product of the intensity (controlled by the lens opening) and the duration (controlled by the shutter speed or enlarging time) of light striking the film or paper.


Blades, a curtain, plate, or some other movable cover in a camera that controls the time during which light reaches the film

(The above definitions are courtesy of

Check out this link to for a guide to the parts of a typical digital camera.

I hope that this blog is helpful, please feel free to contact me if you would like to contribute.  Next time I am going to look at beginner tips for photo composition.

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