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Over-done, amateur, "high school" photography?

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Randi  Butler

Randi B.

NEW YORK, NY,
United States

2402 posts

Can anybody give me some examples or tell of some examples of photography that may look nice, but has been way over done. Where the concept isn't unique any more. Things that have been played out in the world of photography a lot of newbies do.

I'm not asking for shit photography, I know what "bad" photography is. I just mean things like what i have previously stated.

There is a huge difference between those and what college/mature photography is. Although there are many types of photos in that, I just need help crossing that threshold.

Any help would be appreciated.

almost 4 years ago

#1
Carolyn M

Carolyn M.

UPSTATE NY,
United States

1012 posts

I'm too lazy to fetch you links, but I can tell you a bunch of things I see way too often. And as you said, the following things aren't poorly done at all; they're just those things that are pretty to look at and are seen all too often.

Most of the common things I see that are overdone on the internet digital scene is droplet macro photography and cute animals; but as for things with us real humans I see a lot of hair flips (it's cool, but it's old), and a lot of "hipsters in a field" type look. Golden hour + slinky model in summer clothes. We're all guilty of it, I've done it too - but it's not going to get you anywhere if it's just something nice to look at.

What I'll be working with next semester is building a conceptual body of work - which is something I'd recommend you try too, or look for in other's work. It doesn't have to be a series, and not all successful pieces are thought out before hand (candids, anyone?), but a lot of work that's really eye catching is either about an incredible moment if it is a candid, or a body of work that gets across a certain idea.

A lot of stereotypical things also start happening when people get to the editing processes. If you use photoshop at all, be wary of certain filters, color effects, and over-editing. It's tempting, and fun for being silly, but those nice vintage actions most likely won't earn you any eyes in the big leagues (I haven't tried, but I get the general impression haha. Do your color edits yourself!) Subtlety is everything - there are overdone things all over the place like yellow sun-flares, faux red film bleeds and light leaks, etc.

As for getting there, for me, I know it takes a lot of experimental work. You can never take too many photos! I carry my camera with me everywhere. Yes, it's a DSLR and yes it's bulky, but the more you take pictures and the more (good) work you expose yourself to, the more experience you'll have under your belt, and knowledge about what you like and don't like shooting - as well as your capabilties and limits.

If you want some sites to browse, I'll give you two of my favorites that post frequently, and give links to other artists' sites and works:

flak-photo.my-expressions.com/index.html
1000wordsmag.com/

Good luck, and have fun!

0 · November 19, 2010

#4
Carolyn M

Carolyn M.

UPSTATE NY,
United States

1012 posts

Hahah I forgot about this one. Especially shots of eyes reflecting things.

0 · November 19, 2010

#5
Mara C

Mara C.

LAS LOUIS AND ST. VEGAS,
United States

4925 posts

MACRO FLOWERS
OH GOD KILL IT WITH FIRE

Also "emotive" potraits. Usually people being expressively sad or pensive. Because the human spirit is deeeeeep, man.

0 · November 19, 2010

#7
Randi  Butler

Randi B.

NEW YORK, NY,
United States

2402 posts

thanks everyone for your impute :]

0 · November 20, 2010

#8
Lee  B

Lee B.

EARTH,
Spain

34 posts

@Carolyn M.

very informative, thanks

0 · November 20, 2010

#9
Olive Kimoto

Olive K.

LOS ANGELES / THE SEA,
United States

2010 posts

I don't know about you, but I think the whole spine bone pictures are getting old. Not necessarily "high school", but "tumblr" ?

Oh yeah, one high school one are eye photos.

0 · November 20, 2010

#10
Randi  Butler

Randi B.

NEW YORK, NY,
United States

2402 posts

@Randi B.

ewl, *imput

0 · November 21, 2010

#11
Emily Rose England

Emily Rose E.

LONDON,
United Kingdom

330 posts

Photoshopping digital photos to make them look like film/polaroid/lomo. Macros of flowers. Artistic photos of your pet. Photos involving candy, especially closeup on lips with candy. Closeup on lips in general.

0 · December 3, 2010

#13
Charles Olivier W-M

Charles Olivier W.

QUEBEC,
Canada

658 posts

OMG. just go on deviantart.com, there's not a page without eyes macros. There is like too much of them. Or those eys that are over-edited with a bunch of colors in them. Sometimes this is beautiful but I think there is too much of them.

0 · December 3, 2010

#14
Carolyn M

Carolyn M.

UPSTATE NY,
United States

1012 posts

Concept work.

So many people shoot for aesthetics rather than concept. Not everything has to be Sally Mann's tree, but I think thought behind a series is important. I love having my fun on shoots, and editing constantly for kicks, but when shooting for school or internships it's important to think about the direction you're going in.

I guess that's kind of a general umbrella. But it's hard to come up with something to say that you want to see more of - when you come upon a photo that's more unique and amazing, you'll know it!

0 · December 3, 2010

#15
Amanda Martin

Amanda M.

SOMEWHERE IN OUTER SPACE,
United States

278 posts

Eyes, and cats. I see it all the damn time!!!....I wanna see body art....which Im going to try next week, more unique makeup styles, reflections off of glasses, people dressed in fantasy/ cosplay stuff like a woman with a samurai sword and like creative clothing, but i dont want her just holding it, lml i have ideas but i need to replace my broken nikon slr... =(

0 · December 4, 2010

#17
Erin L.

Erin L.

OUTSIDE PHILLY,
United States

132 posts

exactly what carolyn said, the biggest thing is that will make your photography better is to have a concept, I can't stress this enough. if it's just a pretty picture, the viewer will look at it for a few seconds and walk away, you have to give people a reason to continue looking at it.
look at your work and imagine someone asking you why you did every part of it. why did you chose that subject? what effect does your distance from the subject give? why did you shoot it with this lighting? what are you trying to communicate to the viewer?
you should be able to answer all these questions and any others that people could ask with something other than, "it looks pretty".

0 · December 4, 2010

#18
Melanie B.

Melanie B.

HOUSTON,
United States

410 posts

yeah eye photos definitely. my biggest pet peeve though is people who over-edit. like "hey, this photo kinda sucks so i'll just slap a photoshop action on it and then it will be awesome!" and in the end it just looks like a crappy, boring, over-edited shot. drives me crazy.

oh and i don't know if this goes in this category but the whole picnik fad just needs to stop. you know, every girl on facebook taking "artsy" photos and going on picnik.com and throwing terrible presets and corny sayings on them. that doesn't make you creative.

0 · December 5, 2010

  

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