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Fabs Forns
05-28-2008, 12:29 PM
As per requests by International and Beginner Members, here's a list of commonly used acronyms.
I know some of you can think of many more, so please, PM me (as in Private Message :) ) to add to the list.:

ACR- Adobe Camera Raw
Av- Aperture Value (as Camera Mode)
BAA- Birds as Art (Arthur Morris' trade name)
BG- Background
BIF- Birds in Flight
BIH- Birds in Habitat
BKGR- Background
BOAS- Birds on a Stick
CA- Chromatic Aberration (purple or green fringe around objects)
CW Rotation- Clockwise Rotation
CCW rotation- Counter Clockwise rotation
CS3- Photoshop version CS3
CSO- Chief Spoonbill Officer
DOF- Depth of Field
EXP- Exposure
EV- Exposure value
EC- Exposure Compensation
FG- Foreground
FF- Fill Flash or Full Frame
FEC- Flash Exposure Compensation
GBH- Great Blue Heron
GTG- Get Together (Reunion)
GND- Graduated Neutral Density (filter)
HA- Head Angle
HDR- High Dynamic Range
HH- Hand Held
HoM- Hand of Man (Avian Gallery)
IAC- In Any Case
IQ- Image Quality
IMO- In my Opinion
IMHO- In my Humble Opinion
IPT- Instructional Photo Tour (as per Arthur Morris' use)
IS- Image Stabilization (Canon Term)
IR- Infrared
LL- Lower Left
LR- Lower Right or Lightroom (software)
LLC- Lower Left Corner
M8T- Mate
M8tess- Matess
NR- Noise reduction
OOF- Out of Focus
OS- Optical Stabilization
OTOH- On the Other Hand
OTT- Over the Top
PS- Photoshop
PM- Private Message (when not time related)
PP- Post Processed
QM- Quick Mask (PS Tool)
RWBB- Red-winged Black Bird
ROT- Rule of thirds ( compositional guideline)
S/H- Shadow/Highlight PS Tool
S/S- Shutter Speed
SW FLA- South West Florida
TC- Tele converter
TFS_ Thanks for sharing
Tv- Time Value- Camera mode for s/s
USM- Unsharp Mask (PS Tool for Sharpening)
UL- Upper Left
UR- Upper Right
URC- Upper Right Corner
VR- Vibration Reduction (Nikon Term)
VWD- Very well done
YAW- You Are Welcome

Mike Moats
01-16-2009, 02:22 PM
Great Idea Fabs!

James Shadle
01-16-2009, 02:28 PM
Feel free to suggest some that we missed.
James for Fabs.

Caleb Royer
04-04-2009, 09:39 PM
I noticed an acronym around the forms IQ (image quality) you might want to add that to your list I also noticed that one of the acronyms that you have USM stands for unsharp mask, it also stands for Canons ultrasonic motor.

Jackie Schuknecht
04-05-2009, 08:44 AM
I have seen IAC, don't know that one:)

denise ippolito
04-14-2009, 03:00 PM
Jackie, I think that stands for In Any Case

Ákos Lumnitzer
04-15-2009, 04:59 AM
IOW - In Other Words

David Smith
06-17-2009, 09:49 AM
What does YAW stand for...???


Axel Hildebrandt
06-17-2009, 09:58 AM
What does YAW stand for...???


You are welcome.

Chris Ober
06-17-2009, 11:09 AM


Roger Clark
08-07-2009, 09:37 PM
Here is a cute one:

SPU = Spousal Permission Unit, as in I have enough SPUs to buy that 500 f/4.

Dan Brown
08-08-2009, 08:09 AM
Good one Roger! I don't think that I will ever acquire enough for the 500f4 however:(

John Hawkins
08-08-2009, 08:51 AM
TV? and I don't think it means television.

David Fletcher
08-08-2009, 12:45 PM
VWD. Very well done. Cheers Fabs

John Hawkins
08-08-2009, 01:23 PM
Geez I'm blind....Tv -time value

Buddy scherr
10-07-2009, 09:09 PM
Thank you, thank you, thank you. As a nube to digital, this is just what I've been looking for. Now as I'm educating myself through the forums, I can actually make sense of the info.

Dave Mills
10-07-2009, 10:34 PM
Some folks carry these to the extreme...too bad we need a list to decipher some comments. Good idea to post though...

Harshad Barve
10-07-2009, 10:49 PM
This is a wonderful list

Buddy scherr
10-08-2009, 09:59 AM
HDR? Just saw this this morning

10-15-2009, 08:36 AM
Great list, one acronym that I thought was missing and one that is very important, at least to me, is IQ which stands for Image Quality.

Thanks for the informative list.


Jamie Douglas
11-08-2009, 01:00 AM
How about sending this info to all new members or providing a link to be included in the membership email? I joined end of last month and worked a couple out for myself but finding this thread has helped a lot.

Caleb Royer
11-08-2009, 03:24 PM
OS-optical stabilization (Sigma term)

Fabs Forns
11-08-2009, 07:23 PM
The list has been update.

Thanks, guys!

11-18-2009, 12:09 AM
Tsk, tsk, tsk. M8t and M8tess :cool:. If I had a dollar for every time I've been asked, I would buy an Island in the Caribbean ................ or 2 square ft in Tokyo :D


Fabs Forns
11-20-2009, 10:54 PM
Got it :) :)-

11-21-2009, 02:19 AM
:) :) You beauty M8tess ;)

Paul Burgess
11-21-2009, 08:41 AM
Tv -time value

Or it could mean Turkey Vulture. :)

Anette Mossbacher
01-13-2014, 02:52 PM
OMG god, finally I see the acronyms YEAH :wave:
LE - Long Exposure!

also to Rachel to pointing it out to me :wave: