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

    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:
    Go not to the elves for counsel, for they will say both yes and no.

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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

    Ian

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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
    Using film since before it was hip.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Michel Hardy-Vallée View Post
    Want more of:

    Social landscape in colour
    Mystery
    Fiction
    Interiors
    ME TOO!
    Jeff Glass

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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
    Steve.

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

    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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    Likes:

    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
    K.S. Klain

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klainmeister View Post
    Dislikes:
    90% of street photography
    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.
    K.S. Klain

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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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