A flash is a device used in photography producing a flash of artificial light at a color temperature of about 5500 K to help illuminate a scene. A major purpose of a flash is to illuminate a dark scene, other uses are capturing quickly moving objects or changing the quality of light. Flash refers either to the flash of light itself or to the flash unit discharging the light. Most current flash units are electronic, having evolved from single-use flashbulbs, modern cameras often activate flash units automatically. Flash units are built directly into a camera. Some cameras allow separate flash units to be mounted via an accessory mount bracket. In professional studio equipment, flashes may be large, standalone units, or studio strobes, studies of magnesium by Bunsen and Roscoe in 1859 showed that burning this metal produced a light with similar qualities to daylight. The potential application to photography inspired Edward Sonstadt to investigate methods of manufacturing magnesium so that it would burn reliably for this use and he applied for patents in 1862 and by 1864 had started the Manchester Magnesium Company with Edward Mellor.
It had the benefit of being a simpler and cheaper process than making round wire, mather was credited with the invention of a holder for the ribbon, which formed a lamp to burn it in. The packaging implies that the ribbon was not necessarily broken off before being ignited. An alternative to ribbon was flash powder, a mixture of powder and potassium chlorate, introduced by its German inventors Adolf Miethe. A measured amount was put into a pan or trough and ignited by hand, producing a brilliant flash of light, along with the smoke. This could be an activity, especially if the flash powder was damp. An electrically triggered flash lamp was invented by Joshua Lionel Cowen in 1899 and his patent describes a device for igniting photographers’ flash powder by using dry cell batteries to heat a wire fuse. Variations and alternatives were touted from time to time and a few found a measure of success in the marketplace, especially for amateur use. The use of powder in an open lamp was replaced by flashbulbs, magnesium filaments were contained in bulbs filled with oxygen gas.
Manufactured flashbulbs were first produced commercially in Germany in 1929, such a bulb could only be used once, and was too hot to handle immediately after use, but the confinement of what would otherwise have amounted to a small explosion was an important advance. A innovation was the coating of flashbulbs with a film to maintain bulb integrity in the event of the glass shattering during the flash
The focal length of an optical system is a measure of how strongly the system converges or diverges light. For an optical system in air, it is the distance over which initially collimated rays are brought to a focus. A system with a focal length has greater optical power than one with a long focal length. For a thin lens in air, the length is the distance from the center of the lens to the principal foci of the lens. For a converging lens, the length is positive, and is the distance at which a beam of collimated light will be focused to a single spot. For a diverging lens, the length is negative, and is the distance to the point from which a collimated beam appears to be diverging after passing through the lens. The focal length of a lens can be easily measured by using it to form an image of a distant light source on a screen. The lens is moved until an image is formed on the screen. In this case 1/u is negligible, and the length is given by f ≈ v. Back focal length or back focal distance is the distance from the vertex of the last optical surface of the system to the focal point.
For an optical system in air, the focal length gives the distance from the front. If the surrounding medium is not air, the distance is multiplied by the index of the medium. Some authors call these distances the front/rear focal lengths, distinguishing them from the front/rear focal distances, defined above. In general, the length or EFL is the value that describes the ability of the optical system to focus light. The other parameters are used in determining where an image will be formed for an object position. The quantity 1/f is known as the power of the lens. The corresponding front focal distance is, FFD = f, in the sign convention used here, the value of R1 will be positive if the first lens surface is convex, and negative if it is concave. The value of R2 is negative if the surface is convex
Factors considered may include unusual lighting distribution, variations within a camera system, non-standard processing, or intended underexposure or overexposure. Cinematographers may apply exposure compensation for changes in angle or film speed. Most DSLR cameras have a display whereby the photographer can set the camera to either over or under expose the subject by up to three f-stops in 1/3rd stop intervals. Each number on the scale represents one f-stop, decreasing the exposure by one f-stop will halve the amount of light reaching the sensor, the dots in between the numbers represent 1/3rd of an f-stop. In photography, some cameras include exposure compensation as a feature to allow the user to adjust the automatically calculated exposure, camera exposure compensation is commonly stated in terms of EV units,1 EV is equal to one exposure step, corresponding to a doubling of exposure. Exposure can be adjusted by changing either the lens f-number or the exposure time, if the mode is aperture priority, exposure compensation changes the exposure time, if the mode is shutter priority, the f-number is changed.
If a flash is being used, some cameras will adjust it as well, the earliest reflected-light exposure meters were wide-angle, averaging types, measuring the average scene luminance. When measuring a scene with atypical distribution of light and dark elements, or an element that is lighter or darker than a middle tone. For example, a scene with predominantly light tones often will be underexposed and that both scenes require the same exposure, regardless of the meter indication, becomes obvious from a scene that includes both a white horse and a black horse. A photographer usually can recognize the difference between a horse and a black horse, a meter usually cannot. When metering a white horse, a photographer can apply exposure compensation so that the horse is rendered as white. Many modern cameras incorporate metering systems that measure scene contrast as well as average luminance, in scenes with very unusual lighting, these metering systems sometimes cannot match the judgment of a skilled photographer, so exposure compensation still may be needed.
An early application of compensation was the Zone System developed by Ansel Adams. Developed for black-and-white film, the Zone System divided luminance into 11 zones, with Zone 0 representing pure black, the meter indication would place whatever was metered on Zone V, a medium gray. The meter indication, remains Zone V, the Zone System is a very specialized form of exposure compensation, and is used most effectively when metering individual scene elements, such as a sunlit rock or the bark of a tree in shade. Many cameras incorporate narrow-angle spot meters to facilitate such measurements, because of the limited tonal range, an exposure compensation range of ±2 EV is often sufficient for using the Zone System with color film and digital sensors. Exposure value Exposure index Light meter Zone System Exposure bracketing Auto Exposure Bracketing
It is headquartered in Ōta, Japan. Canon has a listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the TOPIX index. It has a listing on the New York Stock Exchange. At the beginning of 2015, Canon was the tenth largest public company in Japan when measured by market capitalization, the company was originally named Seikikōgaku kenkyūsho. In 1934 it produced the Kwanon, a prototype for Japan’s first-ever 35 mm camera with a plane based shutter. In 1947 the company name was changed to Canon Camera Co. Inc. shortened to Canon Inc. in 1969, the name Canon comes from Buddhist bodhisattva Guan Yin, previously transliterated as Kuanyin, Kwannon, or Kwanon in English. The origins of Canon date back to the founding of Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory in Japan in 1937 by Takeshi Mitarai, Goro Yoshida, Saburo Uchida and Takeo Maeda. During its early years the company did not have any facilities to produce its own optical glass, between 1933 and 1936 ‘The Kwanon’, a copy of the Leica design, Japan’s first 35 mm focal plane-shutter camera, was developed in prototype form.
In 1940 Canon developed Japans first indirect X-ray camera, Canon introduced a field zoom lens for television broadcasting in 1958 and in 1959 introduced the Reflex Zoom 8, the world’s first movie camera with a zoom lens, and the Canonflex. In 1961 Canon introduced the Rangefinder camera, Canon 7, in 1965 Canon introduced the Canon Pellix, a single lens reflex camera with a semi-transparent stationary mirror which enabled the taking of pictures through the mirror. In 1971 Canon introduced the F-1, a high-end SLR camera, in 1976 Canon launched the AE-1, the world’s first camera with an embedded micro-computer. In 1982 Wildlife as Canon Sees It print ads first appeared in National Geographic magazine, Canon introduced the world’s first Inkjet printer using bubble jet technology in 1985. Canon introduced Canon Electro-Optical System in 1987, named after the goddess of the dawn, EOS650 autofocus SLR camera is introduced. Also in 1987 the Canon Foundation was established, in 1988 Canon introduced Kyosei philosophy.
The EOS1 Flagship Professional SLR line was launched in 1989, in the same year the EOS RT, the worlds first AF SLR with a fixed, semi-transparent pellicle mirror, was unveiled. In 1992 Canon launched the EOS5, the camera with eye-controlled AF. In 1995 Canon introduced the first commercially available SLR lens with image stabilization. EOS-1N RS, the worlds fastest AF SLR camera with a shooting speed of 10 frame/s at the time
The Viking runestones are runestones that mention Scandinavians who participated in Viking expeditions. However, it is likely all of them do not mention men who took part in pillaging. The inscriptions were all engraved in Old Norse with the Younger Futhark, the largest group consists of 30 stones that mention England, and they are treated separately in the article England runestones. The runestones that talk of voyages to eastern Europe, the Byzantine Empire and it is classified as being carved in runestone style RAK. This is considered to be the oldest style, and is used for inscriptions with text bands that have straight ends without any attached serpent or beast heads. Latin transliteration, Old Norse transcription, Vikætill ok Ossurr u ræisa stæin þenna æftiʀ Øystæin, Hann fors uti með alla skipan. English translation, Véketill and Ôzurr had this stone raised in memory of Eysteinn and he perished abroad with all the seamen. This runestone was a boulder which was located at Gådersta, and it was possibly in runestone style Pr4, which is known as Urnes style.
In this style the bands end in serpert or beast heads depicted in profile. Latin transliteration, Old Norse transcription, Gislaug let haggva at sun sinn, Spiallbuði, Ulfʀ, Holmfastr, Gæiʀi, þæiʀ at broður sinn Þiagn, fors uti, ok at Biorn, faður sinn. This runestone is an inscription carved in runestone style RAK with a cross above the text bands. It is located in Ubby and it was raised in memory of a father and this man had participated in Viking expeditions both in the west and in the east. English translation, Ketilfastr raised this stone in memory of Ásgautr and he was in the west and in the east. This runestone carved in runestone style Pr1 is located at Tibble and it appears to be raised in memory of a man who died in the retinue of the Viking chieftain Freygeirr. Latin transliteration, auk, stnfriþ, arisa s--n, kisila, uti, fial, i liþi, frekis * Old Norse transcription, Hann uti fioll i liði Frøygæiʀs. English translation, Bjôrn and Steinfríðr had the stone raised in memory of Gísli and he fell abroad in Freygeirrs retinue.
This runestone is found in Kolsta, in the 17th century this stone was found by one of Johannes Bureus assistants and it was part of the wall of a manor house. After having been lost for 100 years it was rediscovered in the mid-19th century and this elite unit existed between 1016 and 1066
Canon PowerShot A
The Canon PowerShot A is a series of digital cameras released by Canon. The series began with the A5 series, which was a very basic point-and-shoot camera line, the Axx series that followed offered full manual control in a fairly bulky body. The A100/200/3xx/4xx series cameras are stripped-down with very little manual controls, the Axx series has branched off into the A5xx, A6xx, and A7xx series. A-series camera are generally powered by 2 AA batteries, software by Breezesys adds remote capture capability from a computer over the USB interface on early Canon PowerShot A models until around 2006. More recent models generally do not support remote capture, many models from the A450 to the A720 can run the CHDK firmware add-on adding features such as recording raw image files and remotely triggering the camera shutter using a USB cable. Canon PowerShot Canon PowerShot G Canon PowerShot S Canon Digital IXUS or PowerShot Digital ELPH External links Media related to Canon PowerShot A at Wikimedia Commons
A color space is a specific organization of colors. In combination with physical device profiling, it allows for reproducible representations of color, for example, Adobe RGB and sRGB are two different absolute color spaces, both based on the RGB color model. When defining a color space, the reference standard is the CIELAB or CIEXYZ color spaces. For example, although several specific color spaces are based on the RGB color model, colors can be created in printing with color spaces based on the CMYK color model, using the subtractive primary colors of pigment. The resulting 3-D space provides a position for every possible color that can be created by combining those three pigments. Colors can be created on computer monitors with color spaces based on the RGB color model, a three-dimensional representation would assign each of the three colors to the X, Y, and Z axes. Note that colors generated on given monitor will be limited by the medium, such as the phosphor or filters. Another way of creating colors on a monitor is with an HSL or HSV color space, based on hue, with such a space, the variables are assigned to cylindrical coordinates.
Many color spaces can be represented as three-dimensional values in this manner, but some have more, or fewer dimensions, Color space conversion is the translation of the representation of a color from one basis to another. The RGB color model is implemented in different ways, depending on the capabilities of the system used, by far the most common general-used incarnation as of 2006 is the 24-bit implementation, with 8 bits, or 256 discrete levels of color per channel. Any color space based on such a 24-bit RGB model is limited to a range of 256×256×256 ≈16.7 million colors. Some implementations use 16 bits per component for 48 bits total and this is especially important when working with wide-gamut color spaces, or when a large number of digital filtering algorithms are used consecutively. The same principle applies for any color space based on the color model. CIE1931 XYZ color space was one of the first attempts to produce a space based on measurements of human color perception. The CIERGB color space is a companion of CIE XYZ.
Additional derivatives of CIE XYZ include the CIELUV, CIEUVW, RGB uses additive color mixing, because it describes what kind of light needs to be emitted to produce a given color. RGB stores individual values for red and blue, RGBA is RGB with an additional channel, alpha, to indicate transparency. Common color spaces based on the RGB model include sRGB, Adobe RGB, ProPhoto RGB, scRGB, one starts with a white substrate, and uses ink to subtract color from white to create an image
In photography and image processing, color balance is the global adjustment of the intensities of the colors. An important goal of this adjustment is to specific colors – particularly neutral colors – correctly. Hence, the method is sometimes called gray balance, neutral balance. Color balance changes the mixture of colors in an image and is used for color correction. Generalized versions of color balance are used to correct colors other than neutrals or to change them for effect. Image data acquired by sensors – either film or electronic image sensors – must be transformed from the values to new values that are appropriate for color reproduction or display. In film photography, color balance is achieved by using color correction filters over the lights or on the camera lens. It is particularly important that neutral colors in a scene appear neutral in the reproduction, most digital cameras have means to select color correction based on the type of scene lighting, using either manual lighting selection, automatic white balance, or custom white balance.
The algorithms for these processes perform generalized chromatic adaptation, many methods exist for color balancing. Setting a button on a camera is a way for the user to indicate to the processor the nature of the scene lighting, another option on some cameras is a button which one may press when the camera is pointed at a gray card or other neutral colored object. This captures an image of the ambient light, which enables a digital camera to set the color balance for that light. There is a literature on how one might estimate the ambient lighting from the camera data. A variety of algorithms have been proposed, and the quality of these has been debated, a few examples and examination of the references therein will lead the reader to many others. Examples are Retinex, a neural network or a Bayesian method. Color balancing an image not only the neutrals, but other colors as well. An image that is not color balanced is said to have a color cast, Color balancing may be thought in terms of removing this color cast.
Color balance is related to color constancy. Algorithms and techniques used to color constancy are frequently used for color balancing
Digital zoom is a method of decreasing the apparent angle of view of a digital photographic or video image. It is accomplished electronically, with no adjustment of the cameras optics, in the former case, digital zoom tends to be superior to enlargement in post-processing, because the camera may apply its interpolation before detail is lost to compression. In the latter case, resizing in post-production yields results equal or superior to digital zoom, modest camera phones use only digital zoom and have no optical zoom at all. Usually cameras have an optical lens, but apply digital zoom automatically once its longest optical focal length has been reached. Professional cameras generally do not feature digital zoom, Digital zoom use the center area of the optical image to enlarge the image. By reducing the MP image size, using digital zoom can be done without image deterioration and some cameras has Undeteriorated image mode or at least has Image deterioration indicator. The table below give Undeteriorated zoom limit for some MP image size of a camera with Optical zoom 24x and Digital zoom 4x for its maximum capability, Note.
The table above has shown that from 3MP jumps directly too much too VGA and this camera has no option of 2MP and 1. 3MP, but other cameras have it. When using digital zoom for video, the camera can take up to 382. 6x magnification in VGA with Deteriorated image quality, but because video take multiframes per second, so between Deteriorated image quality and Undeteriorated image quality will be not much different. Nowadays cameras usually have iZoom with usually additional magnification 2x of its optical zoom, the iZoom use only center of the lens and not make any interpolation to original full resolution, so it save its good images quality in reduced resolution. The terms among camera manufacturers are “Smart Zoom”, “Safe Zoom”, there is camera with digital zoom 7. 2x and smartzoom with approximately 30x total zoom for 7MP from 16MP total resolution and 144x total zoom for VGA 640x480. Some photographers purposefully employ digital zoom for the low fidelity appearance of the images it produces.
This community thinks that poor quality photographs imply the carelessness of the photographer and thus, the notion that it is possible to achieve authenticity through pre-meditated carelessness inspires Lo-fi music. Image scaling Teleside converter - a secondary lens made for fixed lenses that increases the focal length, uses as a filter Zoom lens
In photography, the metering mode refers to the way in which a camera determines the exposure. Cameras generally allow the user to select between spot, center-weighted average, or multi-zone metering modes, various metering modes are provided to allow the user to select the most appropriate one for use in a variety of lighting conditions. With spot metering, the camera will only measure a small area of the scene. This will by default be the centre of the scene. The user can select a different off-centre spot, or to recompose by moving the camera after metering. The first spot meter was built by Arthur James Dalladay, editor of The British Journal of Photography in about 1935, a few models support a Multi-Spot mode which allows multiple spot meter readings to be taken of a scene that are averaged. Some cameras, the OM-4 and T90 included, support metering of highlight, spot metering is very accurate and is not influenced by other areas in the frame. It is commonly used to very high contrast scenes.
The area around the back and hairline will become over-exposed, spot metering is a method upon which the Zone System depends. In many cases the camera will over or underexpose, when using the spot mode, modern cameras tend to find the correct exposure precisely. In complex light situations though, professional photographers tend to switch to manual mode, another example of spot metering usage would be when photographing the moon. Due to the dark nature of the scene, other metering methods tend to overexpose the moon. Spot metering will allow for more detail to be out in the moon while underexposing the rest of the scene. More commonly, spot metering is used in photography, where the brightly lit actors stand before a dark or even black curtain or scrim. Spot metering only considers the actors in this case, while ignoring the overall darkness of the scene, in this system, the meter concentrates between 60 to 80 percent of the sensitivity towards the central part of the viewfinder. The balance is feathered out towards the edges, some cameras will allow the user to adjust the weight/balance of the central portion to the peripheral one.
When moving the point off center the camera will proceed as above. Although promoted as a feature, center-weighted metering was originally a consequence of the meter cell reading from the screen of SLR cameras
The f-number of an optical system such as a camera lens is the ratio of the systems focal length to the diameter of the entrance pupil. It is a number that is a quantitative measure of lens speed. It is known as the ratio, f-ratio, f-stop. The f-number is commonly indicated using a hooked f with the format f/N, the f-number N or f# is given by, N = f D where f is the focal length, and D is the diameter of the entrance pupil. It is customary to write f-numbers preceded by f/, which forms a mathematical expression of the pupil diameter in terms of f and N. Ignoring differences in light transmission efficiency, a lens with a greater f-number projects darker images, the brightness of the projected image relative to the brightness of the scene in the lenss field of view decreases with the square of the f-number. Doubling the f-number decreases the brightness by a factor of four. To maintain the same photographic exposure when doubling the f-number, the time would need to be four times as long. Most lenses have a diaphragm, which changes the size of the aperture stop.
The entrance pupil diameter is not necessarily equal to the aperture stop diameter, a 100 mm focal length f/4 lens has an entrance pupil diameter of 25 mm. A200 mm focal length f/4 lens has a pupil diameter of 50 mm. The 200 mm lenss entrance pupil has four times the area of the 100 mm lenss entrance pupil, a T-stop is an f-number adjusted to account for light transmission efficiency. The word stop is sometimes confusing due to its multiple meanings, a stop can be a physical object, an opaque part of an optical system that blocks certain rays. In photography, stops are a used to quantify ratios of light or exposure. The one-stop unit is known as the EV unit. On a camera, the setting is traditionally adjusted in discrete steps. Each stop is marked with its corresponding f-number, and represents a halving of the light intensity from the previous stop. This corresponds to a decrease of the pupil and aperture diameters by a factor of 1/2 or about 0.7071, each element in the sequence is one stop lower than the element to its left, and one stop higher than the element to its right
It is not used in JPEG2000, PNG, or GIF. This standard consists of the Exif image file specification and the Exif audio file specification, the Japan Electronic Industries Development Association produced the initial definition of Exif. Version 2.1 of the specification is dated 12 June 1998, JEITA established Exif version 2.2, dated 20 February 2002 and released in April 2002. Version 2.21 is dated 11 July 2003, but was released in September 2003 following the release of DCF2.0, the latest, version 2.3, released on 26 April 2010 and revised in May 2013, was jointly formulated by JEITA and CIPA. Exif is supported by almost all camera manufacturers, the metadata tags defined in the Exif standard cover a broad spectrum and time information. Digital cameras will record the current date and time and save this in the metadata, a thumbnail for previewing the picture on the cameras LCD screen, in file managers, or in photo manipulation software. The Exif tag structure is borrowed from TIFF files, on several image specific properties, there is a large overlap between the tags defined in the TIFF, Exif, TIFF/EP, and DCF standards.
For descriptive metadata, there is an overlap between Exif, IPTC Information Interchange Model and XMP info, which can be embedded in a JPEG file, the Metadata Working Group has guidelines on mapping tags between these standards. When Exif is employed for JPEG files, the Exif data are stored in one of JPEGs defined utility Application Segments, the APP1, when Exif is employed in TIFF files, the TIFF Private Tag 0x8769 defines a sub-Image File Directory that holds the Exif specified TIFF Tags. Formats specified in Exif standard are defined as structures that are based on Exif-JPEG. When these formats are used as Exif/DCF files together with the DCF specification, their scope shall cover devices, recording media, the Exif format has standard tags for location information. As of 2014 many cameras and most mobile phones have a built-in GPS receiver that stores the information in the Exif header when a picture is taken. Some other cameras have a separate GPS receiver that fits into the connector or hot shoe.
The process of adding information to a photograph is known as geotagging. Photo-sharing communities like Panoramio, locr or Flickr equally allow their users to upload geocoded pictures or to add geolocation information online, Exif data are embedded within the image file itself. While many recent image manipulation programs recognize and preserve Exif data when writing to a modified image, many image gallery programs recognise Exif data and optionally display it alongside the images. The Exif format has a number of drawbacks, mostly relating to its use of file structures. For this reason most image editors damage or remove the Exif metadata to some extent upon saving, the standard defines a MakerNote tag, which allows camera manufacturers to place any custom format metadata in the file