Photo Clichés you should avoid

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by Poki, Jun 16, 2014.

  1. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    DigitalRev had some so-so videos lately, but this one actually is brilliant. I hate every single one of those things mentioned. My top picks? Watermarks, selective color and fake flare. Can't stand those things. What are your top picks?
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  2. MAubrey

    MAubrey TalkEmount Top Veteran

    I hate watermarks, too, but I'm seriously considering using them after watching several of my friends have their photos stolen.
  3. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    Oh, I had my photos stolen too. You can find your stolen photos pretty simple with google reverse image search. Then, it is either sufficient to tell them to delete them from their site / video / whatever they are using them, or, if they don't do that, just sue them. I think €3.5k are guaranteed in such a case.

    Also, I don't really care. If somebody "steals" my image, so what. It doesn't really hurt me. But what actually hurts me is the thought of seeing one of my photos with a watermark on top of it ...
  4. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    OK, I'm guilty of a few of those. :rolleyes: 

    But watermarks? Never!

    (Of course, I'm not trying to sell my photos) :p 
  5. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    That's an interesting topic by the way. I usually prefer to sell my service as a photographer with a fixed payment rather than selling individual photos. It's not only much easier to make a fair amount, you also can do what you love without having any business thoughts in the way. Also, photo competitions are a nice way to earn a little of your investment back.
  6. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    Yeah, that all sounds good, Poki. But I have found that the quickest way to ruin a pleasant pastime (for me) is to convert it into "work." ;) 
  7. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    Oh, true. I don't really enjoy these "workouts" (is that word right for what I want to say? Doesn't sound so ...). But I need to pay for my gear, and I need to buy more gear - you know how this is. ;)  So I end up doing a job every couple of weeks, which is a compromise I can live with.
  8. Dan Euritt

    Dan Euritt TalkEmount Regular

    Jan 11, 2014
    not in america.

    the last copyright issue i had to deal with would have required filing a case in superior court, which is something that should probably be done with a lawyer... major hassle and expense, so it's not a realistic scenario.

    i probably have a hundred photos online, i don't want to spend my time doing regular reverse image searches on that kind of inventory.

    web-resolution photos don't have enough quality for printing and selling, so that kind of theft isn't much of an issue.

    what it boils down to is brand building and recognition, search engine optimization, driving traffic to your web properties, and lost sales opportunities.

    thx for the vid, it was humorous.
  9. larrytxeast

    larrytxeast TalkEmount Rookie

    Feb 23, 2013
    The list:

    (1) Selfies
    (2) Bokeh Balls
    (3) Signing your Photos
    (4) Cheesy Filters
    (5) Adding text on your photos
    (6) Sunsets
    (7) Watermarks
    (8) Adding Borders
    (9) Light Painting Your Name
    (10) Selective Colour
    (11) Black & White Art Nudes
    (12) Blurry Waterfall
    (13) Landscape Panoramas
    (14) Clouds
    (15) Fake Sun Lens Flare
    (16) HDR
    (17) Black & White Photos That Should Be Colour
    (18) Zoom Burst
    (19) Dutch Angle (Tilted Shots)
    (20) Touristy Shots
    (21) Homeless People Photos
    (22) "I'm a Photographer" Selfie
    (23) Every Single Stock Photo Ever Made
    (24) Photo Trickery
    (25) Trollies

    #19 "Dutch Angles" that is by far the one I go "yes, yes, yes" the most to. I HATE this, and I see it all the time. The worst offenders are the "another mom with a camera" types who do "natural light only" photography and post their services on Craiglist, and people just flock to them. You hardly ever see any male photographers anymore around here anyway--but here I go again, going off on a tangent.

    But yes, you especially see that "effect" with their shots, and I let them know what I think of it. I've even posted comments with such photos basically saying "what is this, the 'I'm too drunk to hold a camera straight' look that we're doing? Here's a tip for you: before you call yourself a 'photographer,' stop embarrassing yourself and learn how to hold the camera straight." For crying out loud, I use a bubble level (Joby Bubble Level Clip for Hybrid & SLR-Zoom with Ballhead, #JB00124-CEN) on my NEX-3n because I want it PERFECTLY straight. I mean, gee, suddenly not holding a camera straight is an "effect?" What's next, holding the camera upside down or aiming it between your legs while blindfolded and hopping around on a pogo stick?

    #7 is one I go "yes, yes" to as well. I want to see your photo and ONLY your photo, NOTHING ELSE. Keep it "pure." I don't want advertising or "branding" on a work of art. I even dislike the TV stations putting their network logo on the bottom right of the screen, I mean you notice they NEVER do that during the commercials. I wouldn't care for someone swiping my photos either, but I want them "pure." It smacks of too much commercialism and non-stop bombardment of advertisement, like the logos all over the NASCAR cars and calling stadiums the "AT&T Venue" or the "Staples Center" etc.
  10. stephen431

    stephen431 TalkEmount Regular

    May 2, 2014
    #12. Blurry waterfalls I actually like..

    #11 and #17 are often the same thing. :) 

    #3. I have a friend who is in his second year as a full-time professional photographer. After seeing one of his dust-storm photos go viral last year, a photo that didn't include his logo in the corner, he saw other photographers claiming credit and using it to advertise "their" portfolios. A local print shop that worked with him caught someone trying to print his photo and told the customer he needed permission. The guy called him & said he had tried to locate the real photographer who had taken it, then he paid full price for a display print, plus a few others. It's that kind of thing that pushes people to sign their photos (or start selling their work to companies like Getty). It sucks, but it's understandable. People need to eat.

    My pet peeves are pet photos (pun intended), food photos & overuse of vignettes.
  11. Jefenator

    Jefenator TalkEmount Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Nov 23, 2012
    Oregon, USA
    Sometimes Kai's stuff does seem a bit heavy on dry wit (and I like dry wit). But this installment made me chuckle... and think.

    I'm guilty as charged on about a third of these things. :p 

    I would say the real offense behind most of these cliches is lack of restraint and/or poor implementation. All the things listed (BOKEH, borders, signatures, sunsets, pathos, HDR, color manipulation, B&W, etc...) are actually based on noble ideas and look just fine to me when done with skill and taste.

    I find with most things in life, there's not enough, there's an amount that "works", and then there's way too much.
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