Cliches In Photography

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  1. Mike_E

    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Hi everyone. I'm curious, what are your favorite and least favorite cliches in photography?

    If you don't have a favorite or a least favorite just list what comes to your mind and what it signifies to you if you would.

    I'll start. How about a portrait heavy on the soft focus to show the subject being the love of someone's life?

    So what are your thoughts?
     
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    Hated: Blurred, washed-out waterfalls, that look totally unnatural.

    skieur
     
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    Photogs that think black and white images are simply made by sliding the Saturation slider to the left.
     
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    Like 90% of the HDRs people post on here.. haha
     
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    I know what you mean and i can't stand it either; Seems to me like a lot of people just turn perfectly nice color images into mediocre and flat B&Ws just because these are considered more intellectual and artistic. I also can't stand when somebody tells me i am trying too hard to be artsy when i show them a B&W photo, and when they can't tell a difference from a mediocre conversion done just for the pure clichè of B&W from one with a logic behind it.

    i don't know if what i said makes any sense whatsoever but i hope you understand,

    Pete
     
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    Completely... makes perfect sense. I feel your pain.
     
  7. Mike_E

    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Yes, I think so.

    Would you agree that the heavier the grain in B&W the more somber the effect?
     
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    Yes, and it really works only with some kinds of photography ( candid and street come to mind ), and grain ( photoshop fake grain ) too is often miss-used to cover up for exposure errors...
     
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    Dislike anything involving the backlit pages of an open book and a ring.
     
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    I'm a sucker for subtle vignetting. I love it. Not overdone, just enough to say 'here's the focus'.
     
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    I like the sexy girl cliches where 100s of awesome women all get together to adore me and dedicate their lives to making mine great. I'm convinced there's a photography cliche like that somewhere - I'm just having a little trouble locating it. :p
     
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    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Um,some cat named Hefner already took it.sorry. ;)

    And on the vignette, is that mostly used to point out the focus or to mimic memory and peripheral subjects darkening to obscurity?
     

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