Beginner Common Abreviations

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it has been asked a few times this week what some photography abreviations stand for this was found online by CBA100 at http://www.brighthub.com/multimedia/photography/articles/7634.aspx

The List...
A

A-DEP – Automatic Depth of Field

AE – Automatic Exposure

AEB – Auto-Exposure Bracketing

AF – Auto Focus. Click here to learn how to fool your digital camera's AF for sharper images.

AP (Nikon) – Aperture Priority
AV (Canon) - Aperture Priority

AS – Antishake. Click here for more information.

B

BMP - Also called Windows bitmap, click here to learn about this image file format.

BTL – Behind the Lens

B&W – Black and White

C

CCD – Charged Coupled Device: Click here to learn more about this image sensor technology.

CHDK - Canon Hackers Development Kit. Click here for a detailed explanation.

CMOS – Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor

CMS – Colour Management System

CMYK – Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black

CWB – Custom White Balance. Click here for more information.

D

DI – Digital Imaging

DOF – Depth of Field. Click here to learn more.

DP – Digital Photography

DPI – Dots per Inch. This article contains information on DPI.

DPOF – Digital Print Order Format

D-SLR or DSLR - Digital Single Lens Reflex

DZ – Digital Zoom. The difference between digital zoom and optical zoom is mentioned here.

E

EC – Exposure Compensation

ETTR - expose to the right

E-TTL -Evaluative Through The Lens

EV – Exposure Value

EVF – Electronic Viewfinder

EXIF – Exchangeable Image File Format. Click here for a detailed article on EXIF.

F

FEB – Flash Exposure Bracketing

FEC – Flash Exposure Compensation

FEL – Flash Exposure Lock

FF – Full Frame

FFS - When things go wrong

FOV – Field Of View

FPS – Frames per Second

G

GB – Gigabyte

GIF – Graphics Interchange Format. Click here to learn more.

H

HDR – High Dynamic Range

HSS – High Speed Sync

I

IF – Internal Focusing

IR – Infrared

IS – Image Stabilization

ISO – International Standards Organization. Understand ISO by reading this article.

IQ – Image Quality

J

JPEG or JPG – Joint Photographic Experts Group. Click here for more information.

K

KB - Kilobyte - 1024 of these go into 1mb

L

LCD – Liquid Crystal Display

LED – Light Emitting Diode

LTE – Long Time Exposure

M

M – Manual

MB – Megabyte

MF – Manual Focus

MLU – Mirror Lock-up

MMC – MultiMedia Card. Click here to read all about it.

MP – Megapixels. Click here for a more detailed explanation.

MS – Memory Stick. Refer to MMC for a more thorough explanation.

N

ND Filters - Neutral Density Filters (see also Graduated ND Filters)

NR – Noise Reduction

NS@W - Not Safe @ Work (Also NSFW = Not Safe For Work (to be seen in thread titles or infront of websites))

O

OCF - Off Camera Flash

OCR - Optical Character Recognition. More information seen here.

OEM – Original Equipment Manufacturer

OOC – Out of Camera

OOF – Out of Focus

OTF – Off the Film

OVF – Optical Viewfinder

OZ – Optical Zoom. Within this article, you will find a brief explanation on what the difference between digital and optical zoom is.

P

P - Programmed auto-exposure

PIC – Picture

PICS or PIX - Pictures

PJ – Photojournalism or Photojournalist

PNG - Portable Network Graphics. Click here to learn more about this image file format.

PP – Post Processing

PPA – Professional Photographers of America

PPI – Pixels per Inch. Click here to learn more.

PQ - Picture Quality

PS – (Adobe) Photoshop

PSE – Photoshop Elements

PSP – Paintshop Pro. Here is a review of Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2.

Q

R

S

SD - Secure Digital: a memory card format for your digital camera.

SDHC- Secure Digital High Capacity. See SD for more information.

SLR – Single Lens Reflex: the same thing as a D-SLR, only referring to film cameras.

SOOC – Straight Out of Camera

SP – Shutter Priority. Click here for more information.

SS – Shutter Speed. Learn all about shutter speed by clicking here.

'SWMBO' - She Who Must Be Obeyed

T

Tb - Terabyte - 1024 gb

TFP - Time For Prints

TFCD - Time For CD

TIFF or TIF – Tagged Image File Format. Learn more here.

TTL – Through-the-lens

TV - Time Value

U

USB – Universal Serial Bus

USM – Unsharp Mask, also means Ultrasonic Motor

UWA – Ultra Wide Angle

V

VR – Vibration Reduction. Click here for more information on VR.

W

WA – Wide Angle

WB – White Balance. More information can be seen by clicking here.

WS – Watt-Second

X

Y

Z



Read more: http://www.brighthub.com/multimedia/photography/articles/7634.aspx#ixzz0xoQZDJ57

if you know of anymore let me know and i can edit this list :)

could a mod make this a sticky/move to the appropriate place if needed :) thanks

Chris
 
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Nice one mate. I was just about to do this myself. (y)

Im sure it'll certainly help afew people.
 
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You have AP and SP, but Canon list these as AV and TV
Aperture Value and Time Value
 
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if TTL is through the lens what is E-TTL?
Evaluative Through The Lens. It's Canon's flash metering mode.

ETTL can also mean expose to the left, or "expose for the shadows". The modern day equivalent for digital is ETTR - expose to the right "for the highlights".
 
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Evaluative Through The Lens. It's Canon's flash metering mode.

ETTL can also mean expose to the left, or "expose for the shadows". The modern day equivalent for digital is ETTR - expose to the right "for the highlights".

Ta muchly (y)
 
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This may be a stupid question - so sorry in advance!!

What does "tog" stand for? Here is what context it is in -

http://www.talkphotography.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=46944

As I was going to put my details up to hopefully meet some people near me to show me a few things, as I am very new to photography, but didn't want to just incase tog means I'm some sort of expert!! :LOL:
 
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A) PhoTOGrapher!


Or B) TOGtherness for lonely PhoTOGraphers.


Or C) Thermal Resistance (phoTOGraphers who defy the cold weather)


You choose.:)
 
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PhoTOGrapher, just a shorter way of saying it.
A) PhoTOGrapher!


Or B) TOGtherness for lonely PhoTOGraphers.


Or C) Thermal Resistance (phoTOGraphers who defy the cold weather)


You choose.:)

Thanks guys - at least I now know it's safe for me to put my details on there! :LOL:

Karl.
 
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What about Bump? I see it in the classifieds....Bump. To me this means you have just dropped the product you are selling :). But what does it mean on the forums?
 
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A thread 'bump' brings the thread back to the top of the said subforum, onto page 1.

It may be in classifieds, general or elsewhere - its simply to return the thread to the top of the page so that it doesn't fade away over the passing hours/days.

Typically everyone starts reviewing the most recent threads first, then scrolls down that particular forum. So if you have your thread at the top, or at least on page 1, it has more chance of being reviewed.
 
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Haha, I'm liking the not-so-serious ones here!
Also, thanks for posting the serious ones, very useful little guide for everyone
Everyone loves a good acronym :p
 
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I note that according to your list:-

MB = Megabytes and GB = Gigabytes

but I frequently come accross Kb and more recently Tb which aren't in your list.

What are they and should they not be included?:thinking:
 
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