32 things photographers say… and what they really mean

    | News | 30/09/2013 00:01am
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    Photography has a language all of its own; a rich mix of camera jargon, lens acronyms and technical buzzwords that can be an utterly baffling sea of noise to beginners. But, with the internet and all, it doesn’t take long to know your f-stops from your fill-flash, and be able to separate HDR, DOF and TTL.

    Forget photography slang terms and DSLR doublespeak, though. It’s the other things that photographers say – or rather don’t say – that are often more confusing. When a fellow photographer says that they’re ‘completely self-taught’ what are they actually trying to tell us?

    If they describe themselves as a ‘fine-art’ landscape photographer, what are they really trying to say? Some of the things that spill from the mouths of photographers are loaded with double meaning…

    To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of things that photographers say, and provided translations of their true meanings. Just remember that our tongues were firmly in our cheeks when we put this together…

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    When photographers say…
    What are you shooting?
    They actually mean…
    Hello there! This is me, trying to break the ice.

    When photographers say…
    I work primarily with natural light.
    They actually mean…
    My flash exposures are awful. Seriously, they’re awful.

    When photographers say…
    I only carry out minimal post-processing.
    They actually mean…
    Photoshop confuses the heck out of me. I mean, I can shuffle the Unsharp Mask sliders left and right a bit, but I really have no idea what I’m doing.

    When photographers say…
    I love the way that you’ve processed your photos.
    They actually mean…
    I’d love to copy that look – can you tell me how you did it?

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