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It’s true! That’s probably why you didn’t struggle to read that. We are so used to cutting corners and creating shortcuts. Is it because we’re always in a hurry? Or maybe the opposite…perhaps we’re downright lazy? Whatever the case may be, there’s no exception when it comes to photography terms. I’ve put together a list of common photography abbreviations and acronyms (CPAA…I made that one up, I wonder if it’ll catch on?).
Thorough definitions for a lot CPAA’s are accessible by clicking on the link provided next to the name. This article will constantly be updated and new definitions are being added on a regular basis. Be sure to check back often!
Is Something Missing?
If you’ve thought of a CPAA that is missing from this article, please visit the discussion forum topic that was specifically created just for this reason. Post it there and I’ll add it here.
A Hint for Searching
If you don’t feel like scrolling through to find the CPAA you’re looking for (or if you don’t have the time!), at the top left of your screen, click on Edit>Find on this Page… (or on your keyboard, type Ctrl+F), this will open a window where you can type the CPAA that you’re looking for. Once you’ve done this, simply click on the Next button and the word you’re looking for will be highlighted on the page. Not the one you want? Click Next again, until the word you want is highlighted.
A-DEP – Automatic Depth of Field
AE – Automatic Exposure
AEB – Auto-Exposure Bracketing
AP – Aperture Priority
AS – Antishake. Click here for more information.
BMP - Also called Windows bitmap, click here to learn about this image file format.
BTL – Behind the Lens
B&W – Black and White
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.
CMS – Colour Management System
CMYK – Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black
CWB – Custom White Balance. Click here for more information.
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.
EC – Exposure Compensation
EV – Exposure Value
EVF – Electronic Viewfinder
EXIF – Exchangeable Image File Format. Click here for a detailed article on EXIF.
FEC – Flash Exposure Compensation
FEL – Flash Exposure Lock
FF – Full Frame
FOV – Field Of View
FPS – Frames per Second
GB – Gigabyte
GIF – Graphics Interchange Format. Click here to learn more.
HDR – High Dynamic Range
HSS – High Speed Sync
IF – Internal Focusing
IR – Infrared
IS – Image Stabilization. Click here for more information.
ISO – International Standards Organization. Understand ISO by reading this article.
IQ – Image Quality
JPEG or JPG – Joint Photographic Experts Group. Click here for more information.
LCD – Liquid Crystal Display
LED – Light Emitting Diode
LTE – Long Time Exposure
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.
NR – Noise Reduction
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
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.
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.
TIFF or TIF – Tagged Image File Format. Learn more here.
TTL – Through-the-lens
USB – Universal Serial Bus
USM – Unsharp Mask, also means Ultrasonic Motor
UWA – Ultra Wide Angle
VR – Vibration Reduction. Click here for more information on VR.
WA – Wide Angle
WB – White Balance. More information can be seen by clicking here.
WS – Watt-Second