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Cameras and photographic equipment

analogue camera

noun

a camera that uses film to take photographs rather than producing digital images

aperture

noun

the hole in a camera that lets light in

boom

noun

a pole with a camera or microphone attached to it, used in film-making or broadcasting

camcorder

noun

a small camera used for recording pictures and sound

camera

noun

a piece of equipment used for taking photographs, either as part of a mobile device or as a separate item

camera

noun

a piece of equipment used for making television programmes, films, or videos

cartridge

noun

a small container with film or magnetic tape inside that you put into a camera or tape recorder

celluloid

noun

a thin clear plastic material used in the past for making film for cameras

cine-camera

noun

a camera used in the past for producing moving pictures on film

darkroom

noun

a room with very little light in it, used for developing photographs from film using chemicals

developer

noun

a chemical substance that is used to develop photographs

digicam

noun

a digital camera

digital camera

noun

a camera that takes and stores pictures and video in the form of electronic signals

dolly

noun

a flat structure with wheels for moving heavy loads or for supporting a film camera

emulsion

noun

the chemical on the surface of film that makes it possible to take photographs

exposure

noun

the amount of film used for taking one photograph

exposure

noun

the amount of time that you allow light to reach the film in a camera when taking a photograph

fast

adjective

a fast film is one that you use to take photographs of something that is moving quickly, or that you use when there is not very much light

film

noun

the plastic material used mainly in the past for taking photographs or recording moving pictures

filter

noun

a glass or plastic object that you put on a camera to change the colour or amount of light that passes through the lens

fish-eye lens

noun

a type of lens used on a camera for taking photographs

flash

noun

a bright light on a camera that flashes as you take a photograph in order to provide enough light

flash bulb

noun

a small light bulb fixed to a camera that produces a flash of light for taking a photograph. Most cameras now have electronic flashes.

flashgun

noun

a piece of equipment used for producing a flash of light while taking a photograph

Flip cam

a small camera that records pictures and sound in the form of electronic signals

focus

noun

the part of a camera, telescope, microscope etc that you turn until you can see something clearly

lens

noun

a piece of equipment that is part of a camera

light meter

noun

a piece of equipment that shows you how bright the light is in a place, used for example when you are taking a photograph

magazine

noun

the part of a camera in which you put the film

microfilm

noun

a piece of film that has very small photographs of documents on it, so that they can be carried secretly or stored easily

palmcorder

noun

a small camcorder that fits in the palm of your hand

photo booth

noun

a very small room that you sit in to have your photograph taken by a machine

photography

noun

the skill, job, or process of taking photographs or using a camera to record scenes or events for a film or television programme

plate

noun

a piece of glass covered in chemicals that react with light, used especially in the past for producing images that could then be printed as photographs

Polaroid

a camera that produces photographs immediately, or a photograph from it

processor

noun

a company that treats film with chemicals in order to produce photographs

reel

noun

the part of a film that is on one reel

shutter

noun

the part inside a camera that quickly opens and closes to let light onto the film

slow

adjective

slow film for a camera is not very sensitive to light, so that it takes more time to take a photograph

SLR

abbreviation

single lens reflex: a type of camera that allows you to see exactly what will appear in the photograph when you look through the viewfinder

speed

noun

the time that it takes for a camera’s shutter to open and close to allow light in

speed

noun

a measurement of how quickly a film reacts to the light that comes into a camera

studio

noun

a place where a photographer takes and produces photographs

telephoto lens

noun

a camera lens that makes distant objects look larger and closer

tripod

noun

an object with three legs that is used for supporting something such as a camera

video camera

noun

a piece of equipment used in the past for recording something onto videotape

videophone

noun

a telephone with a screen and camera that allows you to see the person who you are talking to

viewer

noun

an object shaped like a small box, used for looking at slides (=photographs printed on clear film)

viewfinder

noun

a small window in a camera, used for seeing exactly what you are photographing or recording

viewscreen

noun

the screen on a digital camera on which you can see the image that you have just recorded

webcam

noun

a camera connected to a computer that produces images that can be seen on a website

wide-angle lens

noun

a type of camera lens that gives a wider view than a normal lens

zoom lens

noun

a piece of equipment that you fix to your camera so that you can take photographs of things that are very close or very far away

pre-cation

a paid holiday given to a new employee before they start their job

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