List photography terms

When you get to know your camera and begin to delve deeper into your camera’s manual, there will be some terms that come up that leave you curious to their meanings and sometimes what part of the camera they are referring to.  Below I will give you some of the more common and much used terms you will come across as you learn more about your camera and digital photography.


Refers to the steps or turns of the aperture eg. F4, F8, F11, F16, F22

The smaller the number the larger the opening and the larger the number the smaller the opening on the lens to receive light.

Also the smaller the number the greater depth of field and the reverse as the larger the number the greater the depth of field.

Depth of field (DOF)

Depth of field is defined as what depth the image your are creating is in focus and which is in soft or shallow focus.