Two popular photographers and YouTube personalities are suggesting that the many of the most common terms in photography are, well, stupid. You decide whether or not the current photography vocabulary needs revamping.
While doing my routine browsing across the Internet, I stumbled upon a video hosted by YouTubers Tony and Chelsea Northrup. The video suggests that many of the terms we commonly use in the photography industry are stupid. Terms such as “stops,” “fast,” “shutter speed,” “ISO,” “focal length,” “f-stop,” “exposure triangle,” and “depth of field” are used in the video as examples. The couple even suggests a few replacements you might want to add to your vocabulary.
Replacement: Bright — “Can you grab the brightest 35mm in my bag?”
Replacement: Depth of Sharpness — “Isolate your subject using a shallow depth of sharpness.”
Next time you’re around a group of photography professionals, drop a term like “depth of sharpness” and let me know how it goes. In the meantime, do you think many of the terms used in the industry today are dated? Give an example and an idea for a new or replacement word or term in the comments below.