Photography Quiz - Linda Cooke

20 trivia questions on photography to exercise the ‘little grey cells’. The answers are at the end of the quiz with useful photography facts and information in the explanations. No cheating! Anyone can have a go because the questions are multiple-choice (so even guessing could produce the correct answer). This is a fun quiz, suitable for all ages, so why not do the quiz together as a family?

Photography Quiz Questions

Q1 What camera setting on a digital camera most affects the amount of visible ‘noise’ in a photo?

a Shutter speed

b Aperture


Q2 Which famous pioneer of photography lived in Laycock Abbey?

a Julia Margaret Cameron

b William Henry Fox Talbot

c Louis Daguerre

Q3 What function found on a digital SLR would not be found on a film SLR?

a Facility to take pictures in rapid succession

b ISO/ASA setting

c Video

Q4 Which of these is not a type of camera lens?

a Telephoto

b Prime

c Immersion

Q5 Which word is used to describe the prism in a single lens reflex camera?

a Opticube

b Pentaprism

c Diaprism

Q6 Which of these settings gives the same exposure as 1/125sec at f5.6?

a 1/250sec at f11

b 1/60sec at f8

c 1/500sec at f4

Q7 Which of the following is the odd one out?




Q8 What does HDR stand for?

a High Dynamic Range

b High Definition Resource

c Hard Drive Restore

Q9 All of these relate to colour, but which is the odd one out?




Q10 One of these is a lens. Which one?

a Big Tom

b Long Tom

c Tom Tom

Q11 What is a snoot in photography?

a Lighting modifier

b Filter

c Tripod head

Q12 What is each of the component optical parts of a lens called?

a Interlink

b Element

c Opticon

Q13 If you move a light source away from an object from 1m away to 2m away, what proportion of the illumination on the object do you now have?

a 1/2

b 1/4

c 1/3

Q14 What does EV stand for?

a Exposure Value

b Elemental Variance

c Eastman Valent

Q15 When does a photographer use the ‘rule of thirds’?

a Focusing

b Lighting

c Composition

Q16 Which is the odd one out?

a Gaussian Blur

b Diffusion

c Soft focus

Q17 What is an enlarger used for?

a Developing film

b Making prints

c Projecting transparencies for viewing

Q18 Which of these was used to create a bright flash in the early days of photography?

a Magnesium

b Mercury

c Phosphor

Q19 In what year was the Kodak company founded?

a 1830

b 1888

c 1905

Q20 Which of these does NOT refer to the way a camera sensor captures and records light?




Twin lens or dual lens reflex camera

Photography Quiz Answers

Here are the answers to our photography trivia questions. Some have explanations where there may be questions as to why that answer is the correct one. In other cases, we’ve added info just for the sake of it.


ISO - High ISO ratings produce more sensor noise, a grainy look rather similar to the grain from film emulsions. This is most noticeable in images from smaller sensors because each pixel is larger in relation to the whole image.

2   b

William Henry Fox Talbot - want to learn more? Take a look at “The Photographic Art of William Henry Fox Talbot” by Larry J. Schaaf.  

3   c






The pentaprism launched the popularity of the SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera. The light coming in through the camera lens bounces off an angled mirror into the pentaprism. It bounces around inside the prism in such a way that the image in the viewfinder appears the correct way round and right way up. Before the pentaprism, if photographers wanted to see what the lens was ‘seeing’ they had to deal with an upside down, wrong way round, image on their viewing screen. The next best thing was a twin lens camera, in which the photographer looked through a second lens. This resulted in a slightly different viewpoint, more noticeable if the subject was near the camera. This was called “parallax error”.

6   b

1/60sec at f8


PDF – It is a document format. The other two are image file formats.

8   a

High Dynamic Range

9   c

LUT  - LUTs are ‘look-up tables’, which apply colour effects to the image in photo editing programs like Adobe Photoshop. The other two relate to the ‘colour-space’, the way colours are coded in the image.

10   b

Long Tom

11   a

Lighting Modifier

12   b


13   b


Confused?  See “Inverse-square law”

14   a

Exposure Value

15   c


16   a

Gaussian blur - Diffusion and soft focus can be obtained with a filter in front of the camera lens, but Gaussian blur is produced digitally.

17   b

Making prints - if you want to get into film photography and develop and print your own images you will need a developing kit and an enlarger for prints.

18   a

Magnesium - Magnesium gives a short bright burst of light (flash) whereas the others give a sustained glow.

19   b


20   c

APS-C  - APS-C denotes the size of the sensor. CCD and CMOS refer to the way the sensor works to capture an image.


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