Continuing on my journey towards total photo snobbery, I’ve come to realize that my friends and family and I have different ideas about what makes a “good” photo. I’ve actually gotten exasperated requests at Christmas to “just send regular pictures.”
I prefer a documentary style approach to photographing my family and friends. I prefer more reality in my photos, capturing people doing stuff besides posing, looking natural and relaxed. But many people prefer smiling mug shots. I don’t go all prima donna and refuse to take requests. No, I just bury my pain deep inside of me where it can fester and create raging internal conflict and turmoil useful for artistic endeavors, smile, and say, “Say cheese!”
I give them both. Once in a while, they like my version better.
I give them the first type stuffed inside a card. I give them the second kind in a frame.
I am not a fan of posed photos, in fact I will go as far as saying I hate them.
An impromptu photo is much nicer, it captures the mood, the moment and is natural. However, I can see how it can be difficult getting such a shot. Most digital cameras today have a lag between when you click to when the shutter actually closes. Then there is also the fact that you have to wait for such pictures, a virtue that separates armatures from the one’s willing to learn more and take better pictures.
Like Alli said, the first goes inside cards, the second ones are the frame-n-hang pictures.
I agree. Taking “mugshots” are the main reason why I hate photographing people and hate being “chosen” as the family event photographer. The “mugshots” just look like snapshots that anyone with a camera can take.
but don’t they understand how much cooler your pictures are? isn’t it obvious? =]
i know just what you mean, john…we go through the same thing, the exact same thing.
Just my $.02: Photographs are usually intended to evoke emotion. Everyone reacts differently. Some treasure simple snapshots with horrid, unflattering on-camera flash while others can see the beauty in and truly appreciate natural-light candids, even if they don’t understand the technical details that make it special. It is the memory that a photograph serves to rekindle that makes it appreciated. As photographers, we do not create, we simply capture. It is up to the viewer to glean from it what they will.
A little late to this party, but my $.02.
I’m with you on 1, 2 and 4. But #3 (the shoulder)??? Seriously? What emotion could that invoke? Besides “I’m so embarrassed that I pressed the shutter by accident!”…
Everyone’s a critic. 🙂 http://flickr.com/photos/john/2377421660/