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 aperture lets in more light?
Remember: The bigger the number, the smaller the hole. Larger numbers mean LESS light.
Question 1 Explanation:
Smaller f-numbers correspond to larger diameter apertures.
What shutter speed lets in three stops less light than 1/500 sec.?
Closer... that's 2.5 stops.
This is two stops more light.
Close, that's only two stops.
This is three stops MORE light!
If you're shooting a portrait and want the shallowest depth-of-field possible (so that your background is blurred and your subject stands out) what's the best aperture to use?
f/2.8 is a wide aperture and does provide shallow depth of field, but there's a better choice.
A large f-number like f/22 means that the aperture itself is small, and small apertures produce greater depth of field. Shallow depth of field is produced by large apertures.
If you're using a studio flash set to 1/2 power and your camera is set to f/8, and you decide to drop the flash's power level to 1/4 (to get faster recycle times), what should you set your aperture to, to keep the same exposure?
f/8 ; changing the aperture wouldn't make a difference.
No, but if you're using flash as your only source of light, adjusting the shutter speed (anywhere below the max sync speed) would make no difference.
Question 4 Explanation:
That's right... flash equipment works according to f-stops too! A 1/4 power flash is half as bright as a 1/2 power flash, so you'd need twice as much light let in through the aperture (ie, +1 extra stop).
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.
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