Letter: B

Battery Grip

What Is A Battery Grip? A battery grip is an accessory that attaches to the bottom a camera and duplicates several of the regular buttons in a position that makes them easier to access when holding the camera in portrait orientation.  The grip makes it more comfortable to hold the camera in this way, and also provides easier access to these important buttons like shutter buttons and AF settings buttons or joysticks.  On top of this, a battery grip normally allows two regular camera batteries to be placed inside to power the camera for twice as long before needing...

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Bokeh

What Does Bokeh Mean When Talking About Taking Photographs? When talking about photographs the term ‘Bokeh’ refers to the quality of out of focus elements of an image. When taking a photograph you may not even think of the quality of the out of focus areas, but good bokeh, often appearing as smooth circular shaped objects in out of focus areas of an image can dramatically improve the overall feel of an picture. The Quality of the bokeh in an image is often determined by the lens used to capture the image. Lenses that use an apodization element produce...

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Bounce Flash

What Is Bounce Flash? Bounce flash is light from a flash that has been bounced off another surface before it gets to the subject.  Most commonly, this refers to light that is bounced off a wall or ceiling from a hotshoe mounted flash, but it could be light from any kind of flash or strobe, bounced from any surface. On-camera flash, whether is is from a built-in flash or a hotshoe flash, is not great for photography.  It fills in the shadows on the same axis as the camera lens and this creates a flat looking image that can...

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Bulb Mode

What Is Bulb Mode? When selecting the shutter speed on a camera, almost all cameras are limited to shutter speeds up to 30 seconds long (see shutter speed chart).  If you want to shoot a photo which has an exposure time of longer than 30 seconds, you need to use bulb mode.  Many cameras have a “B” setting on the mode dial next to the “M” for manual, and this indicates bulb mode.  Sometimes a camera might give access to bulb mode when yo try to change your shutter speed past the 30 second mark as well.  Again, if...

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Burst Rate

What Does Burst Rate Mean In A Camera? When you camera is set in continuous shooting mode, it will continue to shoot photos as long as you hold down the shutter button.  The speed at which it takes the photos is known as FPS, or Frames Per Second.  Before photos get written to the memory card, they are first stored to a small amount of internal memory in the camera called a buffer.  This buffer memory has a very fast write speed, faster than a regular memory card which is why they do this.  Once stored in the buffer,...

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