Newbie photographers cannot stop the urge to keep clicking on a subject if the initial photos of it turn out to be good. The same goes for photography techniques. If one style goes well, they keep on shooting hundreds of photos in the same style. If you are one of them, it is high time that you become aware of the photography cliches. If you wish, you can add interesting features to them, or experiment to give them a whole new look that the audience has never seen before. But do not keep on clicking the cliche subjects in the cliche way. It will hamper your career as a photographer. Even if you pursue photography as a hobby, avoid these cliches as the keens whom you share the photo with will soon get bored. In this article, we will discuss the top 4 photography cliches that you should avoid.
Top 4 Photography Cliches You Should Avoid
Clicking Lots Of Flowers
No photographer on this planet can announce that he/she has never taken any photo of flowers. It is because almost everyone starts photography by clicking flowers. Flowers are undoubtedly nature's best creation and totally click-worthy, but their over usage as a subject of photography makes it a cliche. As a newbie, you might have thought that your job will be easier if you take photos of such a subject which is itself beautiful. But this tendency is what will make you appear as an amateur. To prevent it, try shooting something less explored, and telling a new story to the world.
Too Much Black And White
Black and White's contrast is mysterious, isn't it? It emphasizes depth in a photo. It also evokes a nostalgic mood and makes the audience think. But overusing this contrast will ruin the very essence of it. Not each and every photo is meant to be mysterious, deep, or thought-provoking. If someone forcefully applies this contrast to a happy-mood photo, it will only prove his naiveness as a photographer. However interesting a black-and-white photo might look, it cannot defy the importance of color. Just like you cannot project the same mood or theme in all your photos, the colors you use in each of them must not be the same.
It is again something that all new photographers tend to do. You might have done it before too, while post-processing an image that did not look good to you. The colors popping out from here and there in a black-and-white photo that was originally a colored one does not look good in all photos. Also, experts advise newbies not to use this technique because if they start to rely on it, they will not be feeling like learning composition by the trial and error method which is important. However, if you want to draw the attention of your attention to a particular portion of the photo, you can apply selective coloring during post-processing. But try to limit its usage as much as possible.
Over Doing HDR
Learning where to stop while post-processing is important for a photographer. It is because otherwise, you will get confused with so many editing options in software like Lightroom or Photoshop, and make your photo look clumsy. Overdoing HDR is such a common mistake that beginners make because they don’t know how much post-processing is enough. Processing High Dynamic Range or HDR means making the image appear much better than the original. But it's over usage affects the improvement of the actual skills of the photographer.
Written By Sanga Basu, Content Writer, WPC.