Photography Acronyms You NEED to Know by Sydney Joseph

When I first started out in photography, I did a short course at the University of the West Indies Open Campus. Once I had finished that, I spent a lot of time learning online at the Youtube University (according to my Mom) as well as through different bloggers online. One of the hardest things I had to deal with was learning all of the acronyms that are used in photography so I created this list of the most common ones to help you out.

AE: Automatic Exposure

AF: Auto Focus

AV: Aperture Priority

AWB: Automatic White Balance

CA: Creative Automatic

DOF: Depth of Field

DSLR: Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera

JPEG: Joint Photographic Experts Group

LR: Adobe Lightroom

M: Manual Exposure

MF: Manual Focus

PS: Adobe Photoshop

RGB: Red Green Blue

SOOC: Straight Out of Camera

TV: Shutter Priority (Time-Value)

WB: White Balance

For a more comprehensive list check out this post by Wikipedia.

The Magic of Editing by Sydney Joseph

A large part of my journey in the world of photography has been in figuring out what I want my photography to say to the person looking at it. A major part of that was in discovering the kinds of photos I like to shoot but an equivalently important part was finding my editing style.

When I first started out I didn’t have access to any editing software so for a long time to bring my vision to life I had to capture my images perfectly as I was taking the picture. There was no option to bring a photo into post-production and then change the exposure or the colours or anything of the sort. Either it was perfect on the camera or it was a dud. Looking back on that experience, I realise that now, I very rarely do any major adjustments in post production. On occasion, I’m a little bit lazy and I don’t expose my photos perfectly or straighten my horizons because I know I have to option to edit but I my final vision is always very close to the straight out of camera (SOOC) shot.

So I invite you to take a look at a few of my Before & After shots to get a glimpse at my process. I hope you enjoy.


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Need Some Inspiration? by Sydney Joseph

I love photography, I truly do, but there are times where I just find myself in a creative slump where trying to come up with brand new content and original shoot ideas just doesn't seem like it’ll happen at all. It’s at times like that where I just step away from it all and admire some of the work of other fantastic photographers.

If you ever find yourself in a similar position then here’s my go-to photographers who never fail to inspire me to get back to the drawing board and create.

Please note that I am not sponsored by any of these amazing artists. I truly appreciate their creativity and their work and I believe that their work deserves recognition. If you like their work as much as I do, please feel free to follow each of them and throw some love their way.