A Glossary of Photographic Terms: U-Z
- A condition in which too little light reaches the film, producing a thin negative, a dark slide, or a muddy-looking print.
- A one-legged support used to hold the camera steady.
- Variable-Contrast Paper
- Photographic paper that provides different grades of contrast when exposed through special filters.
- Video Noise
- More commonly called "luminence signal-to-noise ratio." This is a measure of how pure the video signal is (the monochrome or black-and-white portion of the picture). Tape with good luminence signal-to-noise ratios has a sharper, clearer image. This property has even greater importance on multiple generation copies.
- (See Finder)
- A fall-off in brightness at the edges of an image, slide, or print. Can be caused by poor lens design, using a lens hood not matched to the lens, or attaching too many filters to the front of the lens.
- Wide-Angle Lens
- A lens that has a shorter focal length and a wider field of view (includes more subject area) than a normal lens.
||A wide-angle lens takes in a greater angle of view than a normal lens. This image was made with an ultra-wide 16 mm fisheye lens. Notice the curved horizon.
- Zoom Lens
- A lens in which you adjust the focal length over a wide range. In effect, this gives you lenses of many focal lengths.
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