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.
“N” for normal, daytime or flash
“B” for long exposures indoor/night time
Being able to take many shots on the same picture
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)
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]