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Thread: What are the definitive Photo-Cliches of the past decade.

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    What are the definitive Photo-Cliches of the past decade.

    Each decade seems to have a definitive photo cliche. In the 60's it was the "grain be damned" pushed Tri-X shot of the gritty inner city. In the 70's it was a portrait shot with a backlit subject standing against a tree with a cascade of internal reflections coming across the image. In the 80's I think it was a row of brightly pastel colored rowboats tied to a dock. In the 90's - I'm not sure. The 2000's I think it was the super-saturated nature porn shot (hello Ken Rockwell). What do you folks think were the leading cliches by decade?

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    I don't know about all the decades, but the past decade had to be the "staged" photo, usually of people with no expression on their faces and in highly unnatural poses... or just about anything that came out of an art school photo program.
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    Re: What are the definitive Photo-Cliches of the past decade.

    The now classic......... "Did you Photoshop that, I mean, is that real, or did you do that on your computer?"

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    Re: What are the definitive Photo-Cliches of the past decade.

    tome, the cliché of the 2000s is a backlit, warmish wide open digital slr shoot pretending to be holga.

    just search "bokeh" or "nokton" in flickr if you don't see what i mean...
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    Re: What are the definitive Photo-Cliches of the past decade.

    Agree with Jeffrey, the way people use 'photoshop' as a verb can really be dismissive. It's pretty hilarious when HDR's have become so overdone and accepted, yet a landscape photo still gets 'photoshop' claims.

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    Re: What are the definitive Photo-Cliches of the past decade.

    Oh yeah, and HDR's...

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    Re: What are the definitive Photo-Cliches of the past decade.

    Shallow DOF.

    In EVERYTHING. Product photos, portraits, fashion. And I don't mean shallow dof to separate your subject from the background, I mean DOF so shallow you can't even see the subject itself, except for one button or something. Look at a picture on a food menu and you see one sesame seed and the rest of the picture is a blur. It's the still equivalent of shakey-cam.

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    Re: What are the definitive Photo-Cliches of the past decade.

    HDR. I've seen soooo many boring images that are nothing more than an excuse to use the technique. That's not to say that there aren't some tastfully done pictures that couldn't have been done any other way, but most of them scream, "Look what I have wrought!"

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    Re: What are the definitive Photo-Cliches of the past decade.

    Young photographers making pictures of young people staring into empty space=Very boring.

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    Re: What are the definitive Photo-Cliches of the past decade.

    Quote Originally Posted by sanchi heuser View Post
    Young photographers making pictures of young people staring into empty space=Very boring.

    sanchi
    I haven't seen many of these - maybe I'm not looking...
    But they sound very boring.

    But I have seen balloons and seagulls pasted into over-satuated landscapes which cause me to cringe when I see them. I've even created a couple of the monstrosities myself (the mark of a true cliche is that everyone has tried it)

    I nominate the hyper-color landscape as the cliche of the 2000's. Bonus points for a long exposure waterfall while you are at it.

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