What are your photographic turn-ons/turn-offs?

Discussion in 'Photographic Aesthetics and Composition' started by darinwc, May 24, 2011.

  1. darinwc

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    I was looking through images on the gallery and I was beginning to pay attention to the types of images I liked and disliked. I thought I would write them down. But I am curious if most other photographers looks for the same thing or if there is a wide variety.

    So.. this is kind of a survey. What things catch your eye and what things make you go "YUK".

    Ill go first:

    Turn-ons:
    abstract landscapes (Ryuijie)
    angry skies
    eye-contact in portraits
    blurred motion
    sepia
    good tonal values in prints

    Turn offs:
    IR
    nude-in-nature
    nudity for nudity sake
    digital compositions
    birds

    Now you:
     
  2. Ian Grant

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    Turn offs

    Unnecessary toning for pseudo artistic effect, (trying to make a bad print look better)
    Cloning of other peoples images, styles.
    Inconsistency in terms of style etc.

    Poor quality, unsharp images, bad framing - unless the images warrant it
    Being formulaic

    Turn on's

    Sense that a photographer has vision
    Good grasp of technique
    Believes there's no rules
    Superb quality (where warranted).

    That's just a start :D

    Ian
     
  3. Michel Hardy-Vallée

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    Want more of:

    Social landscape in colour
    Natural landscape in black and white
    Compositional rigour in line, tone, texture, shape
    Mystery
    Fiction
    Interiors


    Want less of:

    Lomography(tm)
    Homeless picture #2012310413b
    Fine Art Photography
    Slot canyons
    Yosemite
    Sand dunes
    Peppers
    Street photography
    Decisive moments
    Jazz musicians / buskers
     
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    ME TOO!
     
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    Contrast as a composition tool
    low perspectives
    wide angle + in close
    abstract nudes
    simplicity

    Dislike:

    lens characteristic as subject matter ('bokeh')
    backlit pastel photos of smiling couples running through crops
    HDR
    multiplicity photography
    selective desaturation
     
  6. bwrules

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    Most photographs we make are boring - so that's a turn off :tongue:.

    Also tired of cliches. I don't understand why people insist on making cliche after cliche, and their goal seems to refine the cliches to make them even more cliche. Do people even look at inspiring pictures to improve their art?

    Like good street photography, and good abstracts, but that's rare nowadays. Sometimes I find great stuff on flickr. Stuff that shows broken rules and absence of cliches.
     
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    Strong lines that draw the eye
    Wide angle images of places not expected
    Subjects that otherwise I would have found mundane
    BW landscapes, color people
    Revisioned versions of over-shot places (NY, Yosemite, etc) -- especially when I wouldn't have done it

    Dislikes:
    90% of street photography
    Traditional Portraits in dramatic lighting
    Dishonest landscapes (hard to describe, but overly dramatic for what it is)
    Alternative printing for the sake of alternative printing
     
  8. bwrules

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    Where are you looking at street work?
     
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    Can't think of names off the top of my head, but I had two friends who were super into it during college and never found it very satisfying to look at, think about, or even do. Do you have recommendations? I have an open mind, I just don't know if it's for me to enjoy.
     
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    Would like to see more:

    Straight photography
    Attention to detail
    High quality printing

    A lot less:

    "Dramatic" skies
    Negative scans
    Lith and alternative whatever
    Multiple super toning

    And the number one thing I can't stand on here:

    Making the point you used old expired film/paper.
     
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    In a wilderness scene, suddenly finding footprints within the frame is extremely annoying. I usually abandon the scene as I do not (and never will) include signs of human presence in wilderness scenes. Asthetically, I concentrate on seeking out simple subjects either in isolation or complimentary. I do not photograph people tracks or buildings.

    One often disabling turn-off is 120 or 35mm film suddenly jamming, either on/during wind, or near the end of rewind. With no changebag handy, I've often resorted to diving into bushes with a black raincoat and hurriedly yanking out the offending roll — irrespective of the gaggle of curious people nearby.

    Digitally additive/modified images that skew reality so badly I don't bother a second passing glance.

    And finally: My pet-hate is fishe-eye lens photographs. Please —! We've all seen the effect — too often and it is nothing new under the (360 degree) sun!
     
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    I can recommend my favorite photographers. Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand, Todd Papageorge, Lee Friedlander, a few shots of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliott Erwitt, Tom Wood, Trent Parke and similar.
    There are plenty of their photos online, but there also books, and some galleries have their prints as well.
     
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    Turn-off - cat photos.

    Turn on - pornographic photos.
     
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    Interesting question... One I find very difficult to answer. Every time I think I have a "style" of photography I dislike, I see something in that genre which I really like a lot. And, every time I'm convinced there's a "style" I do like, I see something which doesn't do it for me. I guess I'm not able to make generalizations- each image I view elicits a unique response, regardless of genre. But, this is one of the reasons I love seeing photographs (indeed, all art), as my response to the work never fails to surprise me.
     
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    What about kitty porn?:whistling:
     
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    Turn offs:
    Homeless (its wrong to take advantage of someones plight)
    Bland landscapes
    Long exposure docks/pylons/etc in the water
    Centered everything (esp in combination with long exposure docks)
    Snapshit Street
    Long exposure light writing
    Strict adherence to rules
    Anything wedding photography

    Turn ons:
    Well composed/Timed Street
    Long tonal ranges
    Exciting architecture
    Panning
    Panoramas
    Tasteful nudes
    Effective use of shadows and or negative space
    Good toning with selenium, sepia, or alternatives (wine, coffee, tea)

    theres probably more for both, but thats just off the top of my head
     
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    Only when it's very tasteful. But no one really wants to look at furry pussies anymore :tongue:
     
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    And there goes the thread.....


    :tongue:
     
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    On... a unique and consistent vision
    grasp of technique

    Offs
    -tombstones
    -uncomfortable nudes
    -cats, dogs, tombstones, scrapyards... photos of bald eagles sitting on trees, out of focus bald eagles
    -bad technique, blair witch tributes, fuzzy things weather fuzzy in reality
    -black and white that is nothing but dark greys... it's not light and dark grey photography!
     
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    Turn offs (these seem to be more easy to come up with, for whatever reason...)
    -"Extreme post processing," including, but not limited to, the HDR hole
    -Anything for anything's sake
    -Filter whoring (as Lon delicately put it)
    -Lomography/Bokeh/Hipsters thinking it's ironic to use a Nikon F because 'omg it's so 19th century'/it's all the same
    ...

    One of my former professors, when assigning projects about social issues, had a list of images and subjects that were not acceptable... which stimied most of the students. The list had everything from "kittens" to the most controversial subjects of the time on it: "abortion, war in Iraq, eating disorders..." and so on. In time, I decided I'd never make images about those subjects, because they were done to death.
     
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    Turn offs:
    Inartful nudity or porn
    Snapshots parading around as photographs
    Color, when B&W would be exquisite
    B&W, when color would have produced a superior result
    The average pregnancy picture. However some I have seen were incredibly well done.

    Turn ons:
    Any well done photograph, even if it is only suitable as a textbook illustration, etc. Photography is an art and a science and good stuff is good stuff.
     
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    What the heck is a "social landscape?" Pictures of landscapes or building-scapes that include signs of humanity, like "urban landscapes" only including rural or suburban or wherever? I never heard the term before and that's all I can think of that it might mean.
     
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    Social Landscape? Look up New Topographics.
     
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    Dislikes:
    Preoccupation with categorisation/labelling of types of photography
    One exception: "Banal" and "Deadpan" which end up being just plain dead and boring

    Likes:
    I know what I like when I see it. It's not based on which label or subject type might be attached to it.
    Photos that are the axe that breaks the frozen sea inside us (with apologies to Kafka)
     
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