Christmas Quiz – 2018


  1. What camera was used by astronauts to capture the first photos on the moon?

  2. What scale is used when measuring the color temperature of light?

  3. Who took the official photographs of the wedding of Charles & Diana? 

  4. What did Disney ban from its theme parks over safety concerns in 2015?

  5. What does the acronym HDR stand for?

  6. In a photograph, what causes red eye?

  7. Which two companies sold the first consumer-oriented digital cameras?

  8. Which of the following shutter speed and aperture combinations is also equivalent to 1/125s @ f11?

    A) 1/1000s @ f2. 

    B) 1/500s @ f5.6. 

    C) 1/250s @ f16.

    D) 1/30s @ f22.

  9. Which famous photographer is this?

  10. What is AWB short for?

  11. F2.8 1/60th at ISO 100 

    is equal to 

    F4 1/xxx at ISO 200

  12. I have a row of photos.  There are 2 photos to the right of a photo, 2 photos to the left of a photo, and one in the middle.

    How many photos are there?

  13. If your aperture is set at f/2, how many 

    f-stops must you go through to set your aperture to f/22?

  14. What well known photographic phrase does this represent?

  15. Which f stop wil give the greater depth of field?

    A) f2.8

    B) f8.0

    C) f16

    D) f1.8

  16. Your shutter speed is 1/30 sec and you need to let in twice as much light.  What speed would you choose?

  17. ‘The Decisive Moment’ is attributed to which famous photographer…?

  18. Using a higher ISO increases the risk of what?

  19. What well known photographic phrase does this represent?


  20. What does ISO stand for?

  21. Which famous photographer took this image?

  22. Your exposure is 1/500th shutter speed.  You attach a 10 stop ND filter.

    What is the new shutter speed to maintain the same exposure?

  23. Resolution of an image describes:

    A) the quality of the image

    B) the clarity of the image

    C) The size of the image in pixels

    D) Colour and contrast of the image

  24. When shooting RAW you should ALWAYS use:

    A) sRGB

    B) Adobe RGB

    C) ProPhoto

    D) Who Cares!

  25. Which superhero worked as a photographer at the Daily Bugle?

  26. Your camera is set to ISO 100.  How many more stops of light would you have at ISO 1600?

  27. Unravel this anagram:


  28. What does JPEG stand for?   

  29. Which famous photographer took this image?

  30. And what was the focal length of the lens used?

    A) 35mm

    B) 50mm

    C) 85mm

    D) 105mm


  1. Hasselblad.  There are 12 Hasselblad cameras left on the moon.
  2.  Kelvin.  The kelvin is often used in the measure of the colour temperature of light sources. Colour temperature is based upon the principle that a black body radiator emits light whose colour depends on the temperature of the radiator. Black bodies with temperatures below about 4000 K appear reddish, whereas those above about 7500 K appear bluish. Colour temperature is important in the fields of image projection and photography, where a colour temperature of approximately 5600 K is required to match “daylight”.
  3. Patrick Litchfield.  Thomas Patrick John Anson, 5th Earl of Lichfield was an English photographer from the Anson family. He inherited the Earldom of Lichfield in 1960 from his paternal grandfather. In his professional practice he was known as Patrick Lichfield.
  4. Selfie Sticks.
  5. High Dynamic Range.  HDR is a technique used reproduce a greater dynamic range of luminosity. The aim is to present a similar range of luminance to that experienced through the human visual system. This is usually achieved by combining 3 or more different exposures into one image, although the extended dynamic range of modern sensors enables a single image to be processed in many cases to achieve a similar effect.
  6. Light reflecting off retina.  The appearance of red eyes in photos occurs when the camera flash or some other bright light source is reflected from the retina.  It is particularly obvious when the light source is very close to the lens.
  7. Kodak & Apple.  Apple and Kodak launched the Digital Camera Revolution in 1994 with the QuickTake 100, which captured and stored eight 640 x 480 pixel (or 16 320 x 240 pixel) coloir images).
  8. Both B & D.  
  9. Ansel Adams.  Ansel Easton Adams was an American landscape photographer and environmentalist known for his black-and-white images of the American West.
  10. Automatic White Balance.
  11. 1/60th.  The aperture has been closed down one stop, but the ISO has increased by a stop, therefore the shutter speed should be the same.
  12. 3.  Easy when you know the answer…and no it is not 5!
  13. 7.  The full stops are:  2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22.
  14. Double Exposure.
  15. F16.  F16 is the smallest aperture in the list, and thus would give the greatest depth of field.
  16. 1/15.  Each stop up or down lets in half or double the amount of light.  To let more light in you need to slow down the shutter speed.
  17. Henri Cartier-Bresson.  He was a French humanist photographer considered a master of candid photography, and an early user of 35 mm film. He pioneered the genre of street photography, and viewed photography as capturing a decisive moment.
  18. Noise.  Increasing the ISO increases the amplification of the digital signal which will introduce increasing amounts of noise. In the film days this would have been the increase in grain visible in the film emulsion.
  19. Touch Up.
  20. International Standards Organisation.  Now the globally accepted measure of sensitivity of sensors and film.
  21. Dorothea Lange.  She was an American documentary photographer and photojournalist, best known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration.  Her photographs humanized the consequences of the Great Depression and influenced the development of documentary photography.
  22. 2 secs.  10 stops MORE light from 1/500 is: 1/250, 1/125, 1/60, 1/30, 1/15, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1sec, 2 secs.
  23. The size of the image.  Resolution refers to the number of pixels in an image. Resolution is sometimes identified by the width and height of the image as well as the total number of pixels in the image.
  24. D – Who Cares!  There is no colour space in a raw file – it is only assigned when processed.
  25. Spiderman.
  26. 4 stops.  They are 200, 400, 800, 1600.
  27. Transparency.
  28. Joint Photographic Experts Group.  It is an ISO/IEC group of experts that develops and maintains standards for a suite of compression algorithms for computer image files.  JPEG  is also a term for any graphic image file produced by using a JPEG standard.
  29. Steve McCurry.  He is an American photographer, freelancer and photojournalist. His most famous photo is of the “Afghan Girl”, the girl with the piercing green eyes that periodically appears on the cover of National Geographic.
  30. 105mm.  Cheeky tie-breaker but you should see it is a medium telephoto.  The choice between 85 and 105 is more of a lottery!