When looking through stunning images of talented photographers on sites like 500px.com it is so easy to get inspired by all the beauty and creativity. It is also a great way of finding out which types of photography you like, and which you don’t. Here’s a short list of the types I don’t particularly care for, for one reason or another. But I want to be perfectly clear here. There is absolutely nothing wrong with loving these different types. They’re just not for me.
1. Shooting water with long exposure. When taking pictures using a long exposure, you can create visual effects that a shorter exposure wouldn’t be able to do. You’ve probably seen this utilized in a huge variety of images. But if you haven’t, google search it. I am not going to show someone else’s work here, and because it’s not my favorite type, I haven’t shot such images myself. When photographing water (for instance a waterfall) it makes the falling water seem smooth and ethereal. And although I love that you can create this illusion in a sense, I just feel it’s been overdone time and time again, until it no longer possesses the ability to inspire. It’s not that I feel photography is only interesting, if you can capture a truly original image that has never before been seen. Because that would be impossible. If you shoot Big Ben in London, you’re definitely neither the first, nor the last, to do so. Does that mean your image can’t be good and relevant? No, of course not. But in terms of long exposure in images with water, it has just lost its magic for me.
2. Architectural photography. There are so many great images out there of this type of photography. It is a category with lots of lines, shapes and geometrical beauty. And I’m not even sure why I don’t really enjoy this type of photography. Some things you just don’t like, for reasons entirely unknown. So it’s not that I can’t appreciate that there is beauty to be found in this category, or that an image can’t be extraordinary in its execution. It’s just not images that I would ever purchase and hang on a wall in my home.
3. Tarantula/spider images. Do I have to explain my irrationality here?? (Okay, this one was not entirely serious, I admit it).
4. HDR images. HDR (High Dynamic Range imaging) is a popular way of manipulating an image where you melt together different exposures into one image. This gives an exaggerated expression in an image (look for images on Google) and can make an image look more like a painting than a photograph. Although I do appreciate the skills and creativity in images such as these, it’s just not my cup of tea. I’m struggling to know why. I guess it’s just (another) one of those things that can’t be explained.
5. The use of borders in images. This is not a type of photography, but it’s something that I really dislike. To me, nothing ruins a great photo quicker than putting a border around it. It’s unnecessary and looks unappealing.
Do you have any other types of photography that you dislike? Do you agree or disagree with the ones I’ve listed? Let me know by leaving a comment below.
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