Lomography Glossary

Lomography Glossary
29/05/2015 Byte9 Systems

Lomography Glossary

We have created this Lomography Glossary to help you make your decision about which camera is best for you and to assist in understanding a little more about the options and versatility of these great analogue cameras.

Shutter Speeds:

“N” for normal, daytime or flash

“B” for long exposures indoor/night time

Multiple Exposure:

Being able to take many shots on the same picture

Long Exposure:

The slow shutter speed on long exposure images means that stationary objects remain clear but moving objects become blurred and tracked i.e. writing words with sparklers.


Blurry, non-focused photos (low fidelity)


Darker edges and corners creating a tunnel effect

Medium Format Camera:

Cameras that record images on media larger than 24 by 36 mm (full-frame) (used in 35 mm photography), but smaller than 4 by 5 inches (which is considered to be large-format photography)


The mounting point on a camera where you can attach a flash

Mm of lens:

The focal length. Focal length is expressed in mm and a higher number means a bigger zoom, while a lower number mean the lens can be used for wider shots. As a rough reference, the human eye is said to see about the equivalent of 30-50 mm on a full frame camera (more on that later)

90mm Lens:

Wide-angle optic with a similar angle-of-view

Angle of View: 65 degrees (6 × 12)

58mm: Ultra-Wide-Angle lens

An ultra-wide-angle optic with a similar angle-of-view to a 21mm lens on a compact 35mm camera. It’s perfect for the 6 × 12 format!

Angle of View: 90 degrees (6 × 12)


ISO is the level of sensitivity of your camera to available light. The lower the ISO number, the less sensitive it is to the light, while a higher ISO number increases the sensitivity of your camera. For example: use ISO 100 on a sunny day to produce sharp images, whereas ISO 400 is better in cloudy/inside conditions.


So that’s our Lomography Glossary, hopefully that was useful.  If you have any terms that you think we should add, please let us know at [email protected] 




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