Photography MCQs

Photography MCQs

Try to answer these 200+ Photography MCQs and check your understanding of the Photography subject.
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1: Memory cards are to digital cameras as _______ is to film cameras.

A.   pixels

B.   crystal

C.   silver

D.   film

2: The number of frames a modern DSLR will shoot at max frame rate (burst) in a row is usually limited by:

A.   AF (auto-focus) motor speed.

B.   shutter cooling issues.

C.   buffer/write-to-disk speed factors.

D.   sensor cooling issues.

E.   the physics of light.

3: A gray card is used to...

A.   keep the lens from collecting dust

B.   produce consistent image exposure and/or color

C.   adjust the depth of field

D.   measure the amount of flash needed

4: A graduated ND filter is best used for:

A.   Bringing out detail in blonde hair in a studio set-up.

B.   Correcting the overly warm color in a sunset shot.

C.   Seeing through (removing) reflection in water.

D.   Darkening a bright sky in a landscape shot.

E.   Bringing out the eyes in a head-shot.

5: Which computer software is NOT used for editing and/or managing digital images taken with your DSLR?

A.   Aperture

B.   Illustrator

C.   Lightroom

D.   Photoshop

E.   Photoshop elements

6: Which of the following apertures correlates to the smallest opening in the lens itself?

A.   f 2.8

B.   f 2

C.   f 11

D.   f 16

E.   f 4

7: Placing a diffusion filter in front of a strobe light will:

A.   Eliminate chromatic abberation.

B.   Color correct for tungsten to daylight.

C.   Focus light on the subject.

D.   Soften shadows.

E.   Eliminate the need for a diffusion filter on the lens.

8: How can you reduce the effect of direct flash ?

A.   Adjust the ISO

B.   Use flash exposure compensation

C.   Select a high-speed sync

D.   Bounce the flash off a reflective surface

E.   Lower Guide number

9: SLR stands for...

A.   Standard Light Refraction

B.   Single Lens Refraction

C.   Single Lens Reflex

D.   Standard Light Reflection

10: If you want to achieve a "tracing" effect from moving light sources at night, what are the three main settings you would want to change on your camera?

A.   Shutter Speed, Relative Aperture, and ISO

B.   Shutter Speed, Relative Aperture, and White Balance

C.   Relative Aperture, ISO, and Image Quality

11: What term describes when the edges of a photo are darker than the center?

A.   Cornering

B.   Vignetting

C.   Light Loss

D.   Tone Drop Off

E.   Edge Fading

12: Why might one use a cable release?

A.   To prevent camera shake.

B.   To trigger a camera that is placed such that the shutter button is inaccessible.

C.   All of these

D.   To lock the shutter open during a time exposure.

13: Which of the following shutter speeds allows more light to hit the camera sensor?

A.   1/30s

B.   1/4000s

C.   1/60s

D.   1/1000s

E.   1/250s

14: Which f/stop is best for landscape photography

A.   f/16

B.   f/4

C.   f/7

D.   f/1.2

15: Which adjustment will freeze subject motion?

A.   A slower shutter speed

B.   A faster shutter speed

C.   A faster ISO

D.   A faster aperture

E.   A larger lens

16: A shutter speed of 1/200 means:

A.   The shutter will take 1ms to open and 200ms to close.

B.   The camera will pause 1ms to send the signal to the shutter to open and the shutter will stay open 200ms before closing.

C.   The shutter will open and close 200 times, but the camera will only take the picture once.

D.   The shutter remains open for 1/200th of a second.

A.   It is a digital camera

B.   It can be used in extreme artic conditions

C.   It allows you to set shutter speed and iso functions

D.   It develops photographs instantly after taking them

E.   It has a polarizing filter

18: To reduce noise in an image a photographer will

A.   Adjust the white balance

B.   Change the focal length of the lens

C.   Select a lower ISO

D.   Shoot away from the sun

E.   Place the camera on a tripod

19: Which of the following helps prevent camera blur?

A.   Using a remote cable to operate the shutter

B.   Using a tripod

C.   All of these

D.   Setting the camera to mirror lock up

E.   Setting the shutter speed to at least 1.5x the focal length of the lens

20: What does the acronym HDR mean

A.   Height Dependent Resolution

B.   High Dynamic Range

C.   High Depth Rate

D.   Half Dynamic Resolution

21: What is the difference between optical and digital zoom?

A.   Digital utilizes pixel magnification and optical is a physical zoom.

B.   Digital is a higher resolution zoom.

C.   Optical is used primarily with film cameras.

D.   Optical uses special lenses.

22: What does DOF stand for?

A.   Digital Or Film

B.   Depth Of Field

C.   Deeply Out-of-Focus

D.   Deeply On Focus

23: The exposure, written as 1/320, is a measure of what?

A.   The preferred wavelength of light

B.   The time the shutter remains open

C.   The distance between lens elements

24: Does sensor size affect high ISO performance?

A.   No

B.   Yes

25: "DSLR" stands for

A.   Data-Sorted Light Recording

B.   Digital Single-Lens Reflex

C.   Dynamic Swappable-Lens Rigging

D.   Diffusing Supplementary Light Resolution

E.   Digital Single-Lens Refraction

26: Which ISO would have more film grain?

A.   50

B.   1600

C.   400

D.   3200

E.   800

27: What are the two most common types of memory cards used in digital photography?

A.   XQD and SD

B.   Multimedia Card and Intelligent Stick

C.   Secure Digital(SD) and Compact Flash (CF).

D.   XD-Card and Memory Stick

28: Which of these types of digital camera has the largest image sensor?

A.   APS-C digital SLR camera

B.   Full frame digital SLR camera

C.   Compact point & shoot camera

D.   Micro 4/3rds

E.   Camera Phone with 18 Mega Pixel

29: What does "dof" stand for?

A.   don't open first

B.   dance of flamingos

C.   depth of field

D.   dial on front

E.   depth of focus

30: ASA/ISO Film speed refers to...

A.   How long it takes for the film to develop

B.   Maximum consecutive frames per second

C.   The film’s sensitivity to light

31: What do you focus on most of the time when you're shooting portraits?

A.   The eyes

B.   The mouth

C.   The nose

D.   The hair

32: Which shutter speed is fastest?

A.   1/50

B.   1/500

C.   1/10

D.   1/1000

E.   1/4000

33: The longer your camera's shutter stays open, the _____ your camera lets in.

A.   less light

B.   more pixels

C.   less pixels

D.   more light

34: In low-light scenarios, you would use a:

A.   Higher ISO

B.   Lower ISO

35: When shooting RAW file format, which of the following settings can always be adjusted after the photo has been taken?

A.   Saturation

B.   Exposure

C.   White Balance

D.   Noise Reduction

E.   All of these things.

36: What does HDR stands for?

A.   Hard Day Rate

B.   Heavy Dark Ray

C.   High Dynamic Range

D.   Heel Decorated Rodium

E.   Hue Density Raw

37: You can make videos with a DSLR?

A.   No

B.   Yes

38: In film, the trade-off for high ISO was more grain. In digital, the trade-off for high ISO is...

A.   color shift.

B.   shutter lag.

C.   resolution.

D.   noise.

39: Which camera feature is designed to prevent softness (blur) from camera shake during long exposures?

A.   Image stabilization.

B.   Autofocus

C.   TV mode.

D.   ISO

E.   Diopter.

40: What is the best shutter speed when shooting action photography ?

A.   1/100

B.   1/400

C.   2sec

D.   1/60

E.   1/25

41: A Macro lens is best used to photograph...

A.   Landscapes

B.   Insects

C.   Live action sports

D.   Black & White

E.   Portraits

42: PL (polarizing) filters can be used to:

A.   Eliminate reflections in glass.

B.   Eliminate reflections in water.

C.   Darken skies and better define clouds.

D.   All answers are correct.

E.   Cut down on light much like an ND filter.

43: What is the best format to capture still images in on a digital camera?




D.   RAW

E.   MOV

44: What is a fisheye lens?

A.   Ultra-wide lens with 180 degree field of view

B.   Ultra-wide lens with no barrel distortion

C.   Underwater lens designed to mimic how a fish sees the world

D.   A special lens for taking photos through glass

E.   Any lens with a waterproof coating

45: A smaller (lower) f-number represents...

A.   a smaller lens opening (aperture)

B.   a larger lens opening (aperture)

46: Digital images are made of tiny pieces called...

A.   Electrolytes

B.   Cells

C.   Pixels

47: What is a common compositional guideline?

A.   Circles in squares

B.   Squares in circles

C.   The rule of thirds

D.   The rule of fourths

E.   Triangles of light

48: In digital photography, using a high ISO such as ISO 3200 will produce digital images that have...

A.   better colors

B.   less grain

C.   increased amounts of digital noise

D.   much sharper

49: Managing shadows in natural light can be acheived by...

A.   using bounce cards or reflectors.

B.   careful framing.

C.   All the answers are correct.

D.   using fill flash.

50: What is an advantage of using JPEG compared to RAW file format?

A.   Greater color range

B.   More dynamic range

C.   Smaller file size

D.   High quality pixels