Photographic terminology and words you hate.

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  1. cliveh

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    When I first heard terms like Rembrandt lighting and bokeh, I had to look them up, a bit like the selfie I suppose. I quite dislike word displacement with new words for the sake of it. Can others think of words in photographic terminology they find annoying? Oh yes and here is another one - soup it.
     
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    I remember a similar thread in the past year or so, that you may find interesting, but I cannot find it.
     
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    Yes, one that I find very annoying "Shot" as in nice shot!
     
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    "Nice Capture!" What the *&%? did you capture?
     
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    What bother me more are the terms for characteristics of photographs. Words like movement, balance, frame, etc. Bleah.
     
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    Except for the fact that these words have real meaning in terms of the craft of photography.

    What would you suggest we say when we use some elements to balance or frame others? Would other terms be any more effective/less annoying?

    It gets to a point where you have to get over petty annoyances and just take pictures.

    Cheers,
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    I hate the word digital.
     
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    I hate the words agile, sprint, scrum, burndown chart, daily standup, and product owner. But none are photography terms. :smile:

    Soup it takes my top photo term groan.
     
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    Bible: there is nothing new under the sun.... New words... same old meanings. One should always collect several 8 to 10 syllable words to mutter softly was walking away with a superior smile and nod of the head.
     
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    "workflow". Never heard that word till computers came along, but now you hear it incessantly.
     
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    I quite agree on the non-photo terms, particularly 'agile'.

    On photo terms, referring to one's camera collection as an 'arsenal', I don't really like.
     
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    The title of the thread was clear, and I made my post pertaining to the subject. But now that you've broached the subject, I'd say the one expression blithering about peoples' lips today that galls me to no end, is calling people a Hyphenated-American.
     
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    I don't like the word Analog as in APUG. I rather call it film photography rather than analog.
    I don't like the words shoot and shot.
     
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    What is a Hyphenated-American?
     
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    Unfortunately photography has become a handmaiden of the computer industry Tom since the marketing men re- invented the wheel with digital photography.
     
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    I guess I would prefer people responded to photographs with more instinctual reactions. Suppose someone tells me one of my photographs has nice movement or balance or something about how some part of it leads the eye to another part etc. Leaves me pretty cold. Even if it is meant as a compliment I'd rather they just said the picture sucks.
     
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    I must admit to being amused by that usage of 'analog' since even digital capture is 'analog' at the sensor light capture level; it must be fed through an ADC (analog to digital converter) to become 'digital'.


    Film Photography Users Group is probably more accurate, but I'm not sure the term FPUG goes over well. :wink:
     
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    Then the tintypers would revolt...

    Is it typist?
     
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    I'm not a "tog".
     
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    "Shooting" which meanwhile is used here too.

    (Or even "shoot" as noun, which seemingly does not even exist in English.)
     
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    CHEMISTRY

    CHEMISTRY is the name of a science. CHEMICALS are the materials that are used.
     
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    And according to the Oxford University dictionary, "Soup" is an accepted use for chemicals used in photography.

    Just do like me and learn to love language, etymology, and roll with the punches :wink:
     
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    I took over this usage from native speakers. But learnt better meanwhile.
    (To be fair: in German a similar use of chemistry is erroneously common too.)
     
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    Wikipedia says of the word:
    One unintended consequence of Duganne's choice of name was its problematic use in the French language since it is also modern French slang for male ejaculation.[5][6][7][8]