J is for Joule – #AtoZChallenge – 2020

J is for Joule

A joule is a unit of energy measured in Newton-meters (Nm).

That sounds like physics. Physics is important in photography, but how does the joule, as defined above, apply to photography?

Flashes. Flash units are rated in Watt-seconds, which happens to be equivalent to Newton-meters, which means that joules can be used to rate flash units.

Flash units of higher joules or watt-seconds ratings produce more light and a brighter flash.

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