In the first two articles in this series, we’ve covered a lot of material, and it can be hard to tell whether you really understand something until you’re tested.
With that in mind, I’ve come up with a quiz. Some of the questions are pretty easy, and some are more difficult. It’s not timed, though, and you can use any tools that you’d like (you can open a second browser window to the 3 Basics and the F-Stop articles, for example). So, don’t think of this as a real test; it’s just another way to learn. If everything is working properly, some of the answers will have feedback, too… so you’ll get tips as you go.
The quiz below will choose 5 questions from a pool of 15, so if you take the quiz a few time, you should still get some fresh questions.
So, if you feel like it, give it a try! Nobody will see your score. If this dredges up memories of high-school pop-quizzes, then feel free to ignore it and move on to something else.
Photography Quiz 1
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Which setting lets in one stop less light than f/4?
Remember, f-numbers do not double/half with each stop as they do with shutter speed and ISO, so even though 8 is a doubling of 4, f/8 is TWO stops smaller than f/4.
f/2.8 gives you one stop MORE light than f/4.
Remember, f-numbers do not double/half with each stop as they do with shutter speed and ISO, so even though 2 is half of 4, f/2 is TWO stops LARGER than f/4.
Close. f/4.5 is one-half stop less light.
What ISO is one full-stop higher than ISO 300?
Close, but it's only a half-stop from 300 to 400.
This is one stop lower than 300.
Right. With ISO, when you increase a stop, the ISO doubles.
Which aperture gives you the most depth of field?
Correct! This is not f/4.5... it's f/45, two stops smaller than f/22
Most 35mm SLR lenses are sharpest around f/8, but this creates a middle of the road depth of field.
Good depth of field, but not the most.
Nope, this provides the least depth of field of the apertures listed.
Question 3 Explanation:
The smaller the aperture (larger the f/ number), the greater the depth of field.
Which aperture lets in more light?
Remember: The bigger the number, the smaller the hole. Larger numbers mean LESS light.
Question 4 Explanation:
Smaller f-numbers correspond to larger diameter apertures.
What is the primary drawback of using high ISO?
Digital noise can cause color problems, but it's called "Chroma Noise", not "Chromatic Aberration", which is caused by optics.
ISO does not affect bokeh, though stopping down your aperture to compensate might.
Question 5 Explanation:
Though modern cameras are getting better, noise continues to be the main problem of using high ISO settings. The result is a grainy image with green or pink color shifts, and poor resolution.
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