Photographers are a friendly enough bunch, but there are some things that really get on our nerves. They’re those little things that happen again and again, each time to break down our willpower to not freak out just a little bit more. So in honor of frustrated photographers everywhere, I present you the things happening that I really hate.
Discovering your own terrible reprocessed images on social media
What you created What they put on Instagram
First off, stop doing this. It might be a violation of the contract you signed when you hired your photographer. Secondly, if you do it, and someone asks who took the picture, do me a favor and lie. I don’t want the credit. I don’t want to see my name or my business linked to a terrible reprocessed image.
“Can I get all the original RAW photos from the shoot?”
I completely understand why someone might think this is a reasonable question, but from a photographers point of view it shoot never happen. I never provide models or clients with every single image taking during the shoot. I never provide them unedited photos.
Going through the unedited images would be like watching a science fiction movie without the special effects or the mood creating music added. Or to say it with Daniela Bowker’s words:
Terrible photography clichés
Some photography trends absolutely need to die. Let them go, even on your social media pages. I know it will be hard, but it will be worth!.
It’s my personal opinion that the worst of all trends are those one full colored items in a monochrome picture.
Every new photographer, everyone who starts post processing images (including me when I first started) tries this. It might even be fun now and then. But when you are looking through your portfolio and find tens of those images, I’m convinced you have a problem and need to seek professional help.
Competition with cell phone images
It will sound familiar to a lot of photographers. When previewing the first raw results of a shoot together with the client, you receive the comment that your client takes better pictures with his smart phone.
Of course, they look better on the small cell phone screen. That’s why we call it a ‘smart’ phone: a phone that postprocesses the image at the moment it is captured.
While it’s true that high-end smartphones now boast incredible specs, they still lack the versatility and functionality of DSLRs. In addition, smartphones are more portable, less bulky and allow you to share your pictures easily with contacts.
Despite these advantages, DSLRs win hands down when capturing a variety of photographic scenarios: a digital camera takes sharper portraits, works better at capturing subjects with an external flash, and performs exceptionally when shooting in low-light situations.
Every client or model should be aware one can’t compare an unedited photo taken with a DSLR with an image snapped on a cell phone. Only when comparing the final results, after postprocessing, a fair comparison can be made.
“Gorgeous photo! You must have a great camera”
No matter how good you are, some people will always say it was the camera.
The truth is: I shoot with very basic and cheap equipment. Most of my pictures are taken with a Nikon D3300: a low budget but great performance entry-level camera, allowing high resolution shots at low price. But it is an entry-level camera that can’t be compared to high budget professional equipment.
To get that ‘gorgeous’ photo, other aspects are more important than the value of your camera: inspiration, motivation, photography skills and the art to direct a model to name a few. I’ve spent a lot of time to improve my skills. Before every shoot, I consider for hours and hours about the theme and how to visualize it.
The statement above has the amazing ability to wipe it all away and make me look like nothing but a monkey with a magic camera.