Letter: L

L-Series

What Is A Canon L Series Lens? Canon’s high-end lenses carry a red ring around the lens barrel, and the famous L Series branding.  These lenses are designed for professional usage and are built to the highest standards, with extreme sharpness and durability in mind.  Most L lenses are weather sealed, meaning they can stand to get reasonably wet before requiring a waterproof cover.  L Series lenses cover the full spectrum of focal lengths, from the incredible groundbreaking 11-24mm f/4 L, right through to the 800mm f/5.6 L IS.  Compared to Canon’s other lenses, L Series lenses tend to...

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Lag Time

What Is Lag Time? Lag time in photography is more often referred to as shutter lag.  For a detailed description of what shutter lag is, and why it’s important, please view the shutter lag glossary entry.   Additional Reading What Is Shutter Lag? What Is Burst Rate? What Is Burst Mode?...

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Lens Collar

What Is A Lens Collar? A lens collar is another name for a tripod collar.  Please click through to the tripod collar page for a more detailed description of what it is, what it does and why you might want to use one.   Additional Reading What Is A Tripod Collar? What Is A Monopod? The Ultimate Guide To Choosing  A Tripod   Your browser does not support iFrame.   ...

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Light Painting

What Is Light Painting and How Is It Used in Photography? A ‘light painting’ is an image that is created by capturing a long exposure of a dark scene that contains a moving light source. By moving the light source within the scene whilst the photographic medium is being exposed the photographer is able to produce an effect which resembles the brush strokes made by an artist’s paint brush, only composed entirely of light. A classic example of a light painting is writing your name using a sparkler at a firework display. Light Paintings can be created by capturing...

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Long Exposure

What Is Long Exposure Photography? In what you might term ‘regular photography’, with your camera in an automatic or semi-automatic exposure mode, you’re likely working with a shutter speed of somewhere between 1/60 of a second and 1/4000 of a second.  These kind of shutter speeds tend to cover most normal situations, from bright sunlight at midday, to occasional indoor shooting. Long exposure photography is when we are using a much longer shutter speed, and it’s usually used as a specific technique to achieve a certain effect.  There’s no defined transition point at which a shutter speed becomes slow...

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Lossy

What Does Lossy Mean? Lossy is the opposite of lossless and it means that when a digital image is compressed, some of the image’s data and detail is lost.  JPEGs are a type of lossy compression, and whilst we can control how much a JPEG is compressed by when we save it, there is always a loss.  Sometimes the loss is imperceptible if we use high quality settings, but it’s there!   Additional Reading What Is A JPEG? What Does Lossless Mean?     Example JPEG save screen that allows the choice of how lossy we want the image saving process...

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LR

What Does LR Stand For In Photography? LR is an abbreviation for Adobe Lightroom, a powerful image organization and editing software.  You may also see it referred to as LR5, LR6 and so on, depending on which version of the software they are using. Lightroom allows you to import and organize your images, then process them with Adobe’s Camera Raw Engine from Photoshop, and export the files to galleries or custom printed books.  It’s available as a standalone piece of software, or as part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud photography package for about $10/month including Photoshop CC as well. If...

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