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    Terminology Differences between Painters and Photographers

    I noticed in this thread the terms 'high/low key' being used to refer to chroma, instead of what I'm used to in photography where it means 'a light, low contrast image / a dark, high contrast image' respectively.

    I've also noticed that words like tint, tone and shade mean different things to artists than photographers. (And sometimes even different things within artists/photographers, but I'll ignore that complication for now.) In photography, 'tint' means to slightly change the hue of something, whereas in painting, it means the result of adding white to a hue.

    This was confusing at first when trying to learn painting.

    Are there any other terms that mean different things between artists/painters and photographers?

    I'd like to make a list of them.

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    I use key to refer to value relationships rather than chroma, and I'm a painter. In general, color terms are very fuzzy, and have different, more-or-less precise definitions depending upon what model one is using. It's not really a painting vs. photography situation.

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    Keying in painting means to limit your choices to arrive at an effect. You can key your color or values.

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    Aha, that makes sense. Thanks guys.

    I guess, though, that there are some things that are more usual in photography/painting, at least when it comes to how most tutorials/books/whatever use the words.

    Are there any other terms that have a set of different meanings that might confuse newbies? (I suppose most colour terms. For example, when most people think of 'saturation', they're actually thinking of chroma, or equivocating between saturation and chroma.)

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