You’re Saying the Word Bokeh Wrong, Same with ISO!

These common photography words and names have been stumping the masses for ages. 


Have you ever been in a conversation with another photographer and you both end up trying to correct each other over the correct pronunciation of certain photography words and names? I know I have, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. Fortunately, a new video from Gerald Undone goes over a few common photography words such as ISO, EOS, and Bokeh and tries to set the record straight once and for all. Join us after the jump for the video.

The video which was recently posted over on ISO 1200 is just a whisker over five minutes long, but in the short amount of time the video runs, Gerald does a great job explaining the words, where they come from, what they mean, and the differences between initialisms and abbreviations.

Photography words

He even goes into why you should never type RAW when talking about camera files, and why it’s simply Raw. I’ll be honest and say I have never really thought about it before I watched the video, and of course it makes perfect sense. Raw is a file type which would immediately make it .raw, and even then when talking about Raw files you normally see .cr2, .nef, .raf and so on. It’s incredibly interesting.

The biggest trouble makers are of course Bokeh, ISO, and EOS, though you could argue that Nikon could be on the list too as I hear that pronounced a thousand different ways. All of these words are really interesting though, and of course, the way the photography words are pronounced changes from region to region, but If you’re in the camp of saying the whole word instead of saying each letter separately, you’re in the right group. Boom! Argument over buddy, now buy me the beer we bet on!

Check out the video from Gerald Undone, and then let us know what you think about it in the comment section below. Have you been saying these photography words correctly, or do you need to go and apologze to your photography mates? Let us know.