Essential Photography Knowledge

21 Questions
Essential Photography Knowledge

Test your basic knowledge of photography. If you want to begin working as a pro or you are working as a pro you should get an 85 or above on this test. You have 8 minutes to complete this quiz! 

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    F2.8 @ 60th/sec ISO 100 is equal to f4 @ ____/sec ISO 200
    • A. 

      15th

    • B. 

      1 second

    • C. 

      80th

    • D. 

      200th

    • E. 

      60th

  • 2. 
    ISO 100 is ____ sensitive to light than ISO 800
    • A. 

      3 stops more

    • B. 

      3 stops less

    • C. 

      2.5 stops more

    • D. 

      1 stop less

    • E. 

      4 stops less

  • 3. 
    "The decisive moment" is a quote attributed to...
    • A. 

      Mark Seliger

    • B. 

      Joe McNally

    • C. 

      Mary Ellen Mark

    • D. 

      David Jay

    • E. 

      Henri Cartier-Bresson

  • 4. 
    Doubling flash power gains ____
    • A. 

      One stop more of light

    • B. 

      Two stops more of light

    • C. 

      Increases intensity

    • D. 

      Decreases intensity but adds distance

    • E. 

      Half a stop of light

  • 5. 
    Depth of field is controlled by which three variables?
    • A. 

      Aperture

    • B. 

      Focal length

    • C. 

      ISO

    • D. 

      Camera to subject distance

    • E. 

      Subject to background distance

  • 6. 
    TTL stands for 
  • 7. 
    For a full frame 35mm based camera system, which lens gives you the perspective most like what your eye sees?
    • A. 

      24mm

    • B. 

      28mm

    • C. 

      35mm

    • D. 

      50mm

    • E. 

      85mm

  • 8. 
    What are the three most common professional camera formats?
    • A. 

      35mm

    • B. 

      Medium format

    • C. 

      APS

    • D. 

      Hasselblad, Nikon, Canon

    • E. 

      Large format

  • 9. 
    If you want to compress the perspective of the subject and background in your photograph you would most likely _____
    • A. 

      Use a faster shutter speed

    • B. 

      Use a slower shutter speed

    • C. 

      Shoot with a 200mm lens

    • D. 

      Shoot with a 24mm lens

    • E. 

      Decrease your aperture

  • 10. 
    __________ is the photographer who is widely known for their B&W portraits against a white background shot in the southwest in the late 70's and early 80's.
    • A. 

      Gordon Parks

    • B. 

      Henri Cartier-Bresson

    • C. 

      Herb Ritts

    • D. 

      Richard Avedon

    • E. 

      Annie Liebowitz

  • 11. 
    What is one of the most foundational rules of composition?
    • A. 

      Frame within a frame

    • B. 

      Rule of fifths

    • C. 

      Rule of thirds

    • D. 

      Head in a clean spot

    • E. 

      Diagonal lines

  • 12. 
    F5.6 @ 250th/sec ISO 400 is one stop less of light then f____ @ 250th/sec ISO 100
    • A. 

      2

    • B. 

      6.3

    • C. 

      5.6

    • D. 

      8

    • E. 

      4

  • 13. 
    Fill in the missing blanks (in order)2 - __ - 4 - __ - 8 - __ - 16 - 22 - __ 
    • A. 

      2.5 / 5.6 / 11 / 24

    • B. 

      2.2 / 5.6 / 10 / 34

    • C. 

      2.8 / 4.5 / 11 / 32

    • D. 

      2.8 / 5.6 / 11 / 32

    • E. 

      3.5 / 5 / 11 / 28

  • 14. 
    F11 @ 8th ISO 100 = 
    • A. 

      F11 @ 15th ISO 50

    • B. 

      F2.8 @ 15th ISO 400

    • C. 

      F8 @ 15th ISO 100

    • D. 

      F22 @ 1 sec ISO 100

    • E. 

      F16 @ 4th ISO 100

  • 15. 
    Aperture is also known as
    • A. 

      Depth of field

    • B. 

      Focus plane

    • C. 

      F stop

    • D. 

      Sync

    • E. 

      Priority

  • 16. 
    In aperture priority mode you set the ______ and the camera sets the _______
    • A. 

      Aperture / ISO

    • B. 

      Aperture / shutter speed

    • C. 

      Aperture / focal length

    • D. 

      Aperture / f stop

    • E. 

      Aperture / white balance

  • 17. 
    In theory, a camera that has shooting modes like portrait, landscape, night, sports, and macro, the ____ and ____ modes should result in the exact same camera settings. (in theory)
    • A. 

      Portrait / landscape

    • B. 

      Sports / portrait

    • C. 

      Macro / landscape

    • D. 

      Night / macro

    • E. 

      Sports / landscape

  • 18. 
    The color of light is measured in
    • A. 

      Stops

    • B. 

      Degrees kelvin

    • C. 

      Cc's

    • D. 

      Bokeh

    • E. 

      Sync

  • 19. 
    A ______ is something that can be placed between the sun and the subject to diffuse the light.
    • A. 

      Flag

    • B. 

      Reflector

    • C. 

      Softbox

    • D. 

      Scrim

    • E. 

      Cutter

  • 20. 
    The three main metering modes available on most modern day DSLRs are
    • A. 

      Spot

    • B. 

      Center weighted

    • C. 

      70/30

    • D. 

      Evaluative

    • E. 

      TTL

  • 21. 
    The camera that landed on the moon was made by...
    • A. 

      Hasselblad

    • B. 

      Nikon

    • C. 

      Canon

    • D. 

      Mamiya

    • E. 

      Leica