What's in a Word? The New Lomographic Glossary


F-Stop, aperture, bokeh, what does it all mean?

Much is happening here at Lomography! A new site, new magazine, new homes and yes this is far from the end of things! You are already enjoying plenty of new features on beta and here is a preview of yet another thing soon to roll out of the Lomography Online Laboratory!

F-Stop, aperture, bokeh, what exactly are these things? Soon you will be able to find out with just a click as we are about to unveil the most complete glossary of photographic terms ever made! The cherry on top? Our glossary will not simply go over common photographic terms that you can find anywhere else; our glossary will include all the little vocab that some of you may already be fluent in – Lomographic terms & concepts!

So be it Splitzer, doubles, Lomowalls or colorsplashing (flashing) be sure that you will be able to find out exactly what this means! If you do not already speak Lomo, be sure that you soon will be able to.

Below you will find a list of terms already in the list (of course we have not included the explanations here – this is after all just a preview!). The Lomographic experts that you are, we would very much appreciate it if you guys could let us know if we missed a term or two! If yes please write so in the comments. Of course, it is all in alphabetic order!


A – Acetic Acid, Acid Rinse, Agitation, Air Bubbles, Aperture, Aperture Ring, Archival Processing, ASA, Aspherical Lens, Auto Exposure

B – Batch Number, Batch Processing, Bayonet Fitting, Bellows, Bleach, Bleaching, Blix, Blotters, Blur, Bokeh, Bracketing, Bulb

C – C-41, Cable Release, Calotype, CdS, Celsius, Center-weighted, Changing Bag, Chemical Capacity, Chromogenic Film, Clearing Agent, Close Up Lens, Colorsplash Camera, Color Sensitivity, Composition, Condenser Enlarger Features, Contact print, Contrast, Copy Negative, Cropping, Cross Process

D – Daguerreotype, Darkroom, Data Back Definition, Depth of Field,Depth of Field Scale, Detents, Diaphragm, DIN, Diopter, Diopter Correction, Dodging, Double Exposure, Dry Area, Duo-Tone Solarization

E – E-6, Easel, Electronic Flash, Element, Emulsion, Enlarger, Etching, Exposure, Exposure Compensation, Exposure Compensation Dial, Exposure Latitude, Exposure Value, Extension Tubes

F – F-stop, Fast Film, Film, Film base, Film Chamber, Film leaner, Film Identification Window, Film Speed, Filter, Filter Thread, Filtration, Fisheye Lens, Fixer, Flat egative, Focal Length, Focal Plane Shutter, Focus, Focus Free, Focus Ring, Focus Screen, Framing, Front Curtain Sync, Fungus

G – Glassline Envelopes, GOST, Graduate, Grain, Grip, Gum Bichromate Printing

H – Half Frame, Hardener, High Contrast, Horizon, Hot shoe

I Incident-Light Meter, Infrared Film, Instant Film, Intensifier

L Large Format, Latent Image, Latitude, LC-A, Leaf Shutter, Lens, Lens Barrel, Lens Coating, Lens Elements, Lens Hood, Lens Speed, Light Leaks, Light Meter, Light Value System, Lighting, Litho Films, omoAddicts, LomoHomes, Lomographer, Lomographs, Lomography, Lomomission, Lomowall, LWA

M – Macro Lens, Mask, Metering, Mirror Lock Up, Mirror slap, Modular Enlarger, Monopods, Mottle, Multi Lens camera, Multiple Exposures

N – Natural Light, Negative, Negative Carrier, Negative Film, Negative Print, Neutral Density Filters, Neutralizer, Non-Silver Processes, Normal Focal Length Lens

O – Opaque, Optical Rangefinder, Optical Viewfinder, Orthochromatic, Overexposure, Oxidation

P – Panalure Paper, Panning, Panorama, Paper Backing, Paper Safe, Paper Surface, Parallax, Pentaprism, Pentaprism Housing, Photography, Photo Sensitizer, Point and Shoot, Polarizer, Positive, Pressure plate, Presoak, Primary Colors, Prime Lens, Print, Print Dryer, Pull Processing, Push Processing

R – Rear Curtain Sync, Red Eye, Red Window, Reducer, Reducing, Reflected Light Meter, Reflex Mirror, Resin-Coated Paper, Rewind crank, Rule of Thirds

S – Sabatier Effect, Sandwiching, Saturation, Self timer, Shadow Detail, Sharpness, Shutter, Shutter curtain, Shutter Release, Shutter Speed Dial, Side Lighting, Silver Halides, Slave Flash, Slide film, SLR, Splitzer, Spool, Stereo Photography, Strap Lugs, Strobe, Stop Down, Subminiature, Sunny 16 Rule

T – Telephoto Lens, Test Prints, Thin Negative, Thumb Grip, Tipster, Toning, Transparency, Tripod Socket,Tungsten Light

U – Ultraviolet Filter, Underexposure, Universal Developer

V – Variable Contrast Filters, Viewfinder, Vignetting

W – Water Bath, Wet Area, Wet Mounting, Wetting Agent, Wide Angle Lenses, Wind-on lever

X – Xpro

Z – Zoom Lens, Zone focusing

written by fookshit on 2009-05-05 #news #announcement #community #lomoglossary


  1. stouf
    stouf ·

    Cool idea ! Don't forget DIY !

  2. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Waow, that's a great new feature!! I like it! :)

  3. mattcharnock
    mattcharnock ·

    cooooooool! What about the sunny 16 rule?

  4. lucasjakobsson
    lucasjakobsson ·

    @ matt

    see above :)

  5. mattcharnock
    mattcharnock ·

    i really should learn to read!

  6. dirklancer
    dirklancer ·


  7. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-
    -a-l-b-e-r-t-o- ·

    the glossary is such a good idea...

  8. disdis
    disdis ·

    I love glossaries.... Should Mephisto be in the glossary?

  9. stouf
    stouf ·

    Soft focus ?

  10. fash_on
    fash_on ·

    shutter drag, drag and pop, painting with light, golden hour.....

  11. azurblue
    azurblue ·

    Holgarama, Pinhole, Flash,

  12. azurblue
    azurblue ·

    ISO, sepia, scratches, unipod, B&W...

  13. dogma
    dogma ·

    Caffenol :))))

  14. rater
    rater ·

    I am missing Holga, Holgarama...

  15. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    Don't forget "pink hour" and "xerography" .

  16. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    Don't forget "pink hour", "xerography", "low dispersion", "anamorphic", "Fluorescent Light".

  17. breakphreak
    breakphreak ·

    sweet spot, zone focus (not focusing), tilt-shift, sprocket holes, color gel(s), TLR, Reverse Lens Technique :)

  18. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    vicuna should be on the V ;p

  19. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    loveeeee it!!

  20. fookshit
    fookshit ·

    thanks guys! just drop by here again if you thought of any words you would like to add esp. for darkroom and lomo terms.

  21. anarchy
    anarchy ·

    126-, 127-, 620- format film, Polga, Pinstax, ISO, Polaroid, Instax, Stop bath, (T)ime (as opposed to (B)ulb), Redscale

  22. anarchy
    anarchy ·


  23. anarchy
    anarchy ·

    Ring flash

  24. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    experimental, polaroid, holga, pinhole

  25. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    oh... and cool you are using one of my shots

  26. d_i_hunter
    d_i_hunter ·

    Great idea! What about 'reciprocity'?

  27. kmay_bbp
    kmay_bbp ·

    i love it!

    coming soon?

  28. russie4
    russie4 ·

    this looks like its going to be great! do you know when it'll be done?

  29. willyboy
    willyboy ·

    Bump. What happened to this and where can we find it on the site?

  30. fookshit
    fookshit ·

    @willyboy we had it launched about a year ago, it's somewhere in FAQ section of this site: www.lomography.com/about/faq/2110-the-lomography-analogue-p…

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