Forums > General Industry > A "Drives You Up The WALL!" Issue With Photos

Photographer

Kev Lawson

Posts: 7902

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Michael Pandolfo wrote:
OK, here's a pet peeve. 99.4% of the male model avatars.

Is there just one pair of bikini briefs that are passed around from model to model? Or does every male model feel the need to present their marble pouch to the viewing public?

http://www.4colorusa.com/Thumbsup.jpg

Dec 02 12 01:38 pm Link

Model

Alexandra - C

Posts: 253

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

rp_photo wrote:
Hair bands, which can be edited out but annoy the heck out of me.

The model gets everything right but the nails.


Intrusive logos that cover any part of the subject.

Most tilts and vignettes.

Hair bands on models wrist

Wrokled curtains backdrop

Overuse of soft focus blur filter

Selective coloring

Brand names when not shooting for that brand

Cliché nude Demi Moore style maternity photo (side facing hand over breasts and hand under belly)

Studio or photographer reflection in sun glasses

Dec 02 12 01:47 pm Link

Photographer

intense_puppy

Posts: 864

Brighton, England, United Kingdom

Alexandra - C wrote:
Studio or photographer reflection in sun glasses

I quite like this...... when done intentionally.

Dec 02 12 01:55 pm Link

Model

Alexandra - C

Posts: 253

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

intense puppy wrote:
I quite like this...... when done intentionally.

Can be done well smile

I don't mind lights or scenery, don't really like seeing the photographer, camera or studio stuff reflected but there are always exceptions

Dec 02 12 01:57 pm Link

Photographer

SPRINGHEEL

Posts: 38195

Gibraltar, Michigan, US

Jonathan Souza wrote:
Does anybody have an issue that when they see a photo, it instantly ruins it, completely and totally makes the shot not work?

Not that I can think of

Dec 02 12 01:58 pm Link

Makeup Artist

Lauren Reynolds Makeup

Posts: 282

London, England, United Kingdom

Also, over smoothed skin with no texture. 99% of the time it makes it look like the make-up was bad or the model had problem skin. Unless it's done with amazing style and skill, it comes across as tacky and/or amateur.

Dec 02 12 02:01 pm Link

Photographer

David Sheldrick

Posts: 719

London, England, United Kingdom

Instagram

Dec 02 12 03:16 pm Link

Photographer

Lawrence Guy

Posts: 17683

Spring Valley, California, US

DAN CRUIKSHANK wrote:
Fake blood. I don't like it.

Agreed, though I vastly prefer it to the real thing.

Dec 02 12 03:23 pm Link

Photographer

Art of the nude

Posts: 11892

Olivet, Michigan, US

Alexandra - C wrote:
Studio or photographer reflection in sun glasses

The only time I've ever been in a photo with a nude model, I was reflected in her eyes.

Dec 02 12 04:56 pm Link

Photographer

Snyder Studios

Posts: 199

Los Angeles, California, US

Tilted horizons...

Poor cropping... "It there are knees there must be feet..."

Blood and Gore...

Most HDR...

Dec 03 12 12:07 am Link

Photographer

fullmetalphotographer

Posts: 2789

Fresno, California, US

Cat photos, cross processing and HDR for the sake of HDR.

Dec 03 12 02:11 am Link

Photographer

EdwinR Photography

Posts: 3151

Saint Petersburg, Florida, US

rfordphotos wrote:
I wont say it drives me up the wall, but I cringe a bit when I see a US flag "abused".

Before anyone jumps on me, I am a Vet who believes I took an oath to preserve your right to do pretty much as you please with the flag....but that doesnt mean I dont cringe a bit sometimes.

agreed and shots done in a cemetery , things sticking out of model's heads, improper cropping at a joint... just a few...

Dec 03 12 03:36 am Link

Photographer

Looknsee Photography

Posts: 21680

Portland, Oregon, US

1)  I always find tattoos distracting.  Maybe it's okay if the ink is the central part of the photo, but then the photo is just a copy of the tattoo artist's art.

2)  Models staring wistfully out in space or out a window:  what is she looking at?  Why is she ignoring the photographer?

3)  Blank or bored stares.

4)  Threads like this, where uninvolved people say or imply what other people should or shouldn't do.

Dec 03 12 09:23 am Link

Photographer

Carlos Occidental

Posts: 10546

Glendora, California, US

Unnecessary dutch angles bug.

Shots where the model is clearly interacting with another photographer bug also.

Dec 03 12 12:16 pm Link

Retoucher

pxspace

Posts: 1046

Braşov, Braşov, Romania

SPRINGHEEL  wrote:

Not that I can think of

+1

Dec 03 12 01:03 pm Link

Photographer

DAN CRUIKSHANK

Posts: 1786

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Snyder Studios wrote:
Tilted horizons...

Poor cropping... "It there are knees there must be feet..."

Blood and Gore...

Most HDR...

+1 to all of this.

Dec 03 12 01:09 pm Link

Model

Gina Dee

Posts: 314

BRONX, New York, US

Abuse of the hand bra. After a while its like, "for real? why not just keep your top on?"

More than a couple of those in one port and it gets redundant.

Dec 03 12 01:32 pm Link

Photographer

1KWS

Posts: 20

Carterville, Illinois, US

My thing would be showing the same image multiple times just different photoshop editing methods.  I believe that we, as photographers, need to decide what look we want and go with it.  If the end client wants it another way, do it.  But for an online gallery, I just want to see the best photos and move on to the next.

Dec 03 12 01:51 pm Link

Photographer

John Malloch Caldwell

Posts: 2563

Hastings, England, United Kingdom

Pet dislikes are -
Lingerie shots with the labels showing
Otherwise good images of a model where the bra strap is showing
Basic lack of attention to same detail

I have done all these myself through lack of concentration.

Dec 04 12 02:06 am Link

Model

Alicia Hansen

Posts: 1744

Durango, Colorado, US

Locked knees.

I'm sure there are exceptions, but typically, I am NOT a fan.

Dec 04 12 03:12 am Link

Photographer

BodyIndustry

Posts: 269

Washington, District of Columbia, US

Jonathan Souza wrote:
Does anybody have an issue that when they see a photo, it instantly ruins it, completely and totally makes the shot not work?

Certainly:

•For me Shoes can kill a shot. Model wearing cheap shoes (i.e., like payless shoes) or shoes not consistent with latest fashion. Especially models wearing flip flops. All this can easily be corrected by Photographer and model’s awareness of current fashion magazine trends. Equally related models toes sticking over/out of open toe & High Heel Stiletto & platform Shoes when clearly the shoes are too small for the models feet.
•Guns/knives/swords
•Bad retouching
•Not paying attention to detail (even I may be at fault sometimes) not making corrections prior to shooting and after in post production.
•Photographers using bed sheets as background and failing to ironing out the creases and the models who thing it’s acceptable to be shot against such.
•Religious themes to shock or to try to be “controversial”
•Too many implied “hand bra” shots. (Since “I don’t do nude” model thinks shooting implied is provocative.)
•Train tracks
•Flat Hair – Model does not take time to style hair.


I got more..............smile

Dec 04 12 03:56 am Link

Photographer

291

Posts: 11911

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, California, US

any model or photographer that showcases an upside-down shot hasn't a clue about strong presentation.  they are useless. 

they are fun, may appear cool but they are the worst and there isn't an agency in the world that will support them unless some client thinks they help sell a product or service.  thankfully, clients know better...so should models and photographers.

Dec 05 12 06:37 pm Link

Model

Bunny Bombshell

Posts: 11752

Huntington, West Virginia, US

Are we talking cliches here OP, or technical errors with the photo itself?

I don't like the head/face directly into armpit pose, I always think of deodorant checking when I see that

Dec 05 12 06:43 pm Link

Photographer

David Westlake

Posts: 1530

Mansfield Center, Connecticut, US

Jonathan Souza wrote:
Does anybody have an issue that when they see a photo, it instantly ruins it, completely and totally makes the shot not work?

For me, it's unsafe gun handling.  Fingers on triggers in circumstances that don't dictate it, poor gun form, muzzles being pointed in any direction that is not RIGHT, etc, etc...  It drives me up the wall and there was one model that I damn near slapped after the third time she pointed a (prop) gun at her head in a silly casual manner with the finger on the trigger.

There was an actor named John Erik Hexum. He was holding a prop .44 magnum loaded with blanks. After a flubbed line he put it to his head and it went off. The force of the blank charge blew a hole in his skull killing him.

Dec 05 12 07:14 pm Link

Model

- Aina -

Posts: 747

Redlands, California, US

NYMPH wrote:
Cutting off toes.

I'm a huge fan of proper cropping. It's great. Make it dynamic, cut me anywhere that makes the picture stronger.

If you crop me at the toes, or awkwardly cut off me feet, I make the squinty mad face at the computer screen, especially if it was an otherwise fantastic picture.

(Yes, this is is influenced by residual dancer foot obsessions.)

UGH! I hear you! I'm very conscious about my feet. I unconsciously work them, but I make sure that they look good even if they aren't in the shot. My pet peeve, actually, is being cut off at the ankles.

Dec 05 12 09:01 pm Link

Model

Kelleth

Posts: 2528

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Jonathan Souza wrote:
Does anybody have an issue that when they see a photo, it instantly ruins it, completely and totally makes the shot not work?

For me, it's unsafe gun handling.  Fingers on triggers in circumstances that don't dictate it, poor gun form, muzzles being pointed in any direction that is not RIGHT, etc, etc...  It drives me up the wall and there was one model that I damn near slapped after the third time she pointed a (prop) gun at her head in a silly casual manner with the finger on the trigger.

My husband was a marine and ALWAYS comments on improper gun handling in movies and photos too. I always see it too now.

Dec 06 12 06:37 am Link

Model

Kelleth

Posts: 2528

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

For me, definitely hair elastics on wrists.

Dec 06 12 06:38 am Link

Photographer

GER Photography

Posts: 7947

Imperial, California, US

Plastic skin "beauty" shots!!:-((

Dec 06 12 06:50 am Link

Photographer

Tom deL

Posts: 3715

Lexington, Ohio, US

Stocking/Stayup tops so tight that they make bulges in thighs. sad

Dec 06 12 05:05 pm Link

Photographer

KA Style

Posts: 1583

Syracuse, New York, US

Selective coloring and pee yellow sky. Oh and heavy vignetting.

Some of those "vintage" looks are awful.

Dec 06 12 06:33 pm Link

Photographer

DaveDavis

Posts: 7914

Roseville, California, US

Marc Damon wrote:

Train tracks.

+++1

Dec 06 12 06:39 pm Link

Photographer

Raoul Isidro Images

Posts: 6289

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Models in "smelling their armpits" pose.

.

Dec 06 12 06:44 pm Link

Photographer

Andrew Koenig

Posts: 317

Gillette, New Jersey, US

Red Sky Photography wrote:
I used to have an image of a girl dressed as a rock star playing a guitar. The guitar was a cheap Sears electric.

While we're on the subject of models "playing music," what really annoys me is pictures of people playing instruments with hand positions that make it clear that they know nothing about the instrument.

Dec 06 12 06:52 pm Link

Model

Autumn Rose Brightly

Posts: 1097

Crowley, Texas, US

The 'hair-band bracelet'

Dec 06 12 06:54 pm Link

Photographer

ForeverFotos

Posts: 6644

Indianapolis, Indiana, US

When I see a photograph with a mistake in it that I've never made, I will ALWAYS be sure to point out that mistake. That hasn't happened yet.

Dec 06 12 07:01 pm Link

Photographer

Silverstone Productions

Posts: 182

Eugene, Oregon, US

For me, anything that looks like it just came out of the camera. I can't stand it, even if the picture is "technically" well done. Take a few minutes and learn basic retouching techniques or find someone to do it for you. In today's modern world there is no excuse for not touching up for images.

Dec 08 12 08:37 pm Link

Photographer

S W I N S K E Y

Posts: 24315

Saint Petersburg, Florida, US

Jonathan Souza wrote:
Does anybody have an issue that when they see a photo, it instantly ruins it, completely and totally makes the shot not work?

For me, it's unsafe gun handling.  Fingers on triggers in circumstances that don't dictate it, poor gun form, muzzles being pointed in any direction that is not RIGHT, etc, etc...  It drives me up the wall and there was one model that I damn near slapped after the third time she pointed a (prop) gun at her head in a silly casual manner with the finger on the trigger.

yes, guns being in an image at all..

http://i.imgur.com/m8TQi.png

Dec 08 12 08:48 pm Link

Model

Jules NYC

Posts: 16247

New York, New York, US

S W I N S K E Y wrote:

yes, guns being in an image at all..

lol

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c61/jbilotta/_DSF6898.jpg

Dec 08 12 08:54 pm Link

Photographer

Art Silva

Posts: 9457

Santa Barbara, California, US

Clothes!


Honorable mentions go to Duck Face and HDR

Dec 08 12 09:10 pm Link

Photographer

NWI Glamour

Posts: 3

Chicago, Illinois, US

Horizon lines that aren't true horizontal... Lakes and bodies of water especially.  You just know the photographer had the camera tilted and was too lazy or just not bright enough to know better to edit.

The only exceptions are the extreme angles which are obviously done for effect.

Dec 08 12 09:26 pm Link