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    Abbreviations, terms, and such like

    Could we maintain, someplace on this forum, a convenient mechanism for people who may be unfamiliar with things like abbreviations and similar shortcut references to find the interpretation of these, please?

    For example, I keep seeing C&C which I assume to be comments and something else, but I can't think of what the other C represents.

    Then, this morning, I came across OP which I assume to be some kind of photographer, but I can't figure out what the O represents. In my world, OP is Outdoor Photographer and that's clearly not the meaning in the thread I was reading.

    Thank you.

    virginia

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    Re: Abbreviations, terms, and such like

    Hi Virginia, here are some of the more common photography acronyms.

    C&C - Comment and Critique

    I'm not sure about OP. IMHO, I think folks make this stuff up on the fly to get people to LOL!

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    Re: Abbreviations, terms, and such like

    Original Poster quite possibly

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    Re: Abbreviations, terms, and such like

    Reviewing glossary's and a bit of followup on confusing items is a good way to expand your knowledge.

    http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography...ry/terms_a.htm

    http://store.kodak.com/store/ekconsu...emeID.16765600

    http://www.profotos.com/education/re...ry/index.shtml

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    Re: Abbreviations, terms, and such like

    And of course CinC refers to Cambridge in Colour on this site, not a military rank.

    Abbreviations and shortened spelling is generally used a lot less here than on some sites.

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    Here are some:

    OP: original poster
    DOF: depth of field
    FOV: field of view
    IMHO: In my humble opinion
    AFAIK: as far as I know

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    Yup, reading blogs is a PITA (???) if you are not very familiar with the abbreviations.........

    PITA: PAIN IN THE A$$$$$$$

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    Re: Abbreviations, terms, and such like

    Quote Originally Posted by bedantabd View Post
    Yup, reading blogs is a PITA (???) if you are not very familiar with the abbreviations.........

    PITA: PAIN IN THE A$$$$$$$
    Anatomy?

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    Re: Abbreviations, terms, and such like

    First, thanks to Frank and Allen for C&C and OP (the two that have been making me nuts). And, thanks also for the pointers to photography terms which will certainly prove useful when I hear of somebody needing to add those sorts of terms to their vocabularies.

    I'm familiar with most of the web, tweet, and messaging terms like AFAIK, WYSIWYG, etc., having been in those environments since the early 1990s.

    Thanks again for informing me.

    virginia

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    Re: Abbreviations, terms, and such like

    Quote Originally Posted by drjuice View Post
    Could we maintain, someplace on this forum, a convenient mechanism for people who may be unfamiliar with things like abbreviations and similar shortcut references to find the interpretation of these, please?

    For example, I keep seeing C&C which I assume to be comments and something else, but I can't think of what the other C represents.

    Then, this morning, I came across OP which I assume to be some kind of photographer, but I can't figure out what the O represents. In my world, OP is Outdoor Photographer and that's clearly not the meaning in the thread I was reading.

    Thank you.

    virginia
    OP = Official Photographer.

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    Re: Abbreviations, terms, and such like

    In this forum at least, OP is Original Poster, as mentioned above. Cheers, Dave

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    Re: Abbreviations, terms, and such like

    You can find the definition of almost any term by going to Google and typing in define: plus the term you want defined. However, as Dave mentions OP means: Original Poster "OP" is not a photographic term but, rather an abbreviation that is used throughout Internet forums of all types...
    Last edited by rpcrowe; 26th November 2012 at 01:57 AM.

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    Re: Abbreviations, terms, and such like

    I try to get into the habit of capitalizing phrases I intend to use as acronyms, but, Maybe That's Just Me.

    I think this does help other readers who might be new to the material being covered (and that it does help to assume newcomers don't necessarily know what common but specialized acronyms might mean) but, MTJM.

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    Re: Abbreviations, terms, and such like

    Quote Originally Posted by DanK View Post
    Here are some:

    OP: original poster
    DOF: depth of field
    FOV: field of view
    IMHO: In my humble opinion
    AFAIK: as far as I know
    I seldom if ever use IMHO because I am not often humble... I frequently use IMO "in my opinion" because my wife says that I am opinionated

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    Re: Abbreviations, terms, and such like

    A few others that I use fairly regularly ...

    BTW - By the way
    FWIW - For what itís worth
    FYI - For your information
    HTH - Hope that helps
    IIRC - If I remember correctly
    OTOH - On the other hand
    TIA - Thanks in advance
    TYVM - Thank you very much

    and a good old Unix one, YMMV - Your Mileage May Vary

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    Re: Abbreviations, terms, and such like

    • SLR: single lens reflex (look through the lens ... usually film camera)
    • DSLR: Digital SLR
    • OVF: optical viewfinder
    • EVF: electronic viewfinder
    • EVIL: electronic viewfinder, interchangeable lens (such as Panasonic G1)
    • pns: point-and-shoot
    • RF: range-finder
    • DR: dynamic range ... difference from brightest to darkest
    • HDR: high dynamic range (typically merging several files ... over-exposed, under-exposed, and normal exposure)
    • mpx: MegaPixel
    • LR: LightRoom
    • PS: PhotoShop
    • ACR: Adobe Camera Raw
    • PSE: Photoshop Elements
    • CS: Creative Suite, which has at least PS + ACR, and may have other components
    • PSP: Paint Shop Pro from Corel
    • Pixel: picture element
    • ppi: pixels per inch
    • dpi: dots per inch (usually related to printers, and there are typically several dots per pixel)
    • bpc: bits per channel (2 for monochome, 8 for jpg, 10-14 for RAW)
    • WB: white balance (including Temperature blue<-->yellow and Tint green<-->magenta)
    • mm: millimeters, such as 50mm lens (about 2")
    • JPEG: joint photograpic expert group, from which the definition for lossy compressed, 8-bit .jpg comes from
    • TIFF: Tagged Image File Format with 8-bit and 16-bit, lossless (may or may not be compressed) that has capabilities beyond .jpg, such as layers, transparency, etc. Much Larger filesize than .jpg
    • PSD: PhotoShop Document
    • DNG: digital negative, a form of RAW file defined and supported by Adobe
    • TLA: three letter acronym :-)
    • PP: post processing, such as using PS, LR, PSE, ACR, etc.
    • RGB: Red, Green, Blue
    • CMYK: C)yan, M)agenta, Y)ellow, blacK

    Some more:
    • Exif: Exchangeable image file format (for shutter speed, creation date, f-stop, ISO, and much, much more
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    Re: Abbreviations, terms, and such like

    Lynn you have missed one.

    PEBKAC: "Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair"

    and welcome to CinC

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    Re: Abbreviations, terms, and such like

    .............and the one I saw on here not long ago IBM Idiot Behind the Machine

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    Re: Abbreviations, terms, and such like

    Quote Originally Posted by davidedric View Post
    .............and the one I saw on here not long ago IBM Idiot Behind the Machine
    LOL... what my sister would refer to as a "Group Seven Error"... "Equipment Not At Fault" or what I like to call a "User Interface Error"

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