For photographers, ‘clipping’ is where the image histogram is cut off abruptly at one or both edges. It means that some image detail is completely lost in solid black shadows (shadow clipping) or completely white highlights (highlight clipping). Some shadow clipping can be acceptable, but highlight clipping usually looks bad.

For videographers, it can also mean audio clipping, where the sound levels suddenly shoot beyond the range of the microphone or sound recorder, or its current gain setting.