If you have decided to pursue digital photography but you still do not have any idea about it, you should first digital photography termsfamiliarize yourself with some terms first. In order to understand what other digital photography articles are talking about, you need to know some basic terms about the craft. Digital photography presents a whole new group of terms, abbreviations and other jargons that require getting used to, especially if you’re used to using film cameras in the past.

There are a lot of unique terms that are only found in digital cameras and digital photography so if you do not understand them, there is a good chance that you will end up not getting the right equipment for the right digital photograph. So, that being said, let’s proceed with the terms in digital photography so you can understand what it is you’ve decided to pursue.

Pixel – everything about digital photography is based on a pixel. It is the smallest part of any digitized image. You can probably think of it as a colored dot, which is also surrounded by several other pixels to make up an entire photographic image.

Resolution – this pertains to the total number of pixels that is contained in a single image. The higher the resolution, the sharper the image is and along with that, comes also the quality of the image.

Megapixel – this basically means "one million pixels". The more pixels that can make up a photograph, the better its quality will be. So if you compare a one megapixel image and a four megapixel image, the one with the better picture quality is the one which had more megapixels. The difference is even more emphasized when the picture is enlarged. You’ll be able to zoom in closer without losing detail or without the images becoming pixelized, looking more like lego squares than an ordinary image.

DPI – this stands for dots per inch and often applies to printers or monitors. Most of the laser printers right now have a resolution of about 300 dpi, whereas most monitors display only 72 dpi. Those photo-quality inkjet printers are able to come out with at least 1200 dpi.

Megabyte – this stands for the quantity of computer memory that is somewhere along the vicinity of one million bytes of file storage.

JPEG – this acronym stands for Joint Photographic Experts Group and is a recognized format for images, in most cases, digital cameras. The JPEG format offers image and file compression which enables the files to be displayed on the Internet and to be sent through email much quicker. However, when you compress something to JPEG, you will lose of the image detail which in some cases, is not suited for large, high quality prints.

These are just some of the terms that you might want to know by heart if you’re pursuing digital photography in the future. You would be surprised to know that there are even more terms for you to learn but for now, these unique terms will have to do. Be adamant about learning what you can and in no time soon, you’ll get the hang of it.