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#1 +warwagon

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 02:30

So i've been seeing some local photographers that have their own business on facebook. Apparently by reading the comments everyone thinks they do such a great job. But what i've also noticed is, these people can't leave a single photo alone without adding some stupid fracking filter to the picture.

What are your thoughts on the picture?

here are 2 examples

the first one has its moments were out of every photo I looked at I saw a few I liked, and those were also the few that didn't have any filters added.
https://www.facebook...844584707153407
https://www.facebook...y/photos_stream

The other one
https://www.facebook...e/photos_stream

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#2 Draconian Guppy

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 13:26

Can't browse, FB is blocked, hotlink a couple here!

FYI. Most people in Fb are idiots... Instagram comments on blurry SEPIAblack&white"OMG THAT PICSHURE ROCKZ0RS MY BOXERS"

So i've been seeing some local photographers that have their own business on facebook. Apparently by reading the comments everyone thinks they do such a great job. But what i've also noticed is, these people can't leave a single photo alone without adding some stupid fracking filter to the picture. What are your thoughts on the picture? here are 2 examples the first one has its moments were out of every photo I looked at I saw a few I liked, and those were also the few that didn't have any filters added. https://www.facebook...844584707153407 https://www.facebook...y/photos_stream The other one https://www.facebook...e/photos_stream



#3 Kreuger

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 13:29

Most people do this. Not just locals. Even "professionals" I've seen, tend to hide behind vignettes/b&w and other easy manipulations.

#4 vetneufuse

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 13:38

Every girl with a DSLR camera and Lightroom thinks they are a photographer....... oh did I say that?.... :pinch:

#5 Draconian Guppy

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 13:40

Every girl with a DSLR camera and Lightroom thinks they are a photographer....... oh did I say that?.... :pinch:

Well, I don't dislike that idea :shifty:

#6 vetneufuse

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 13:42

Well, I don't dislike that idea :shifty:


:rofl: Well my facebook friends list, out of the 100 some girls I know, it seems like all them have a "photography" business on the side.... and every single one of them seems to use Adobe Lightroom and their "editing" involves putting some of the quick filters on every photo and they are done... :rolleyes:

my favorite thing is asking them oh, do you shoot in RAW? *blank stare from them then huh?*
Ah what ISO level did you take that at?.... *another blank stare* what?

#7 Nick H.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 13:47

When I started getting in to photography I admit that I really went overboard on filters. However, that was mostly because I was using a film camera at the time and was still getting to grips with things, so if a photo didn't turn out the way I expected I would do the necessary tweaking in a photo editor. Since then though I've almost completely kept away from image editors. I only really use them these days for resizing and adding frames.

#8 vetneufuse

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 13:49

When I started getting in to photography I admit that I really went overboard on filters. However, that was mostly because I was using a film camera at the time and was still getting to grips with things, so if a photo didn't turn out the way I expected I would do the necessary tweaking in a photo editor. Since then though I've almost completely kept away from image editors. I only really use them these days for resizing and adding frames.


back in film days, a filter screwed on your camera :rofl: digital photography / digital film editing has made this way to easy for everyone...

#9 Draconian Guppy

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 13:51

:rofl: Well my facebook friends list, out of the 100 some girls I know, it seems like all them have a "photography" business on the side.... and every single one of them seems to use Adobe Lightroom and their "editing" involves putting some of the quick filters on every photo and they are done... :rolleyes:

my favorite thing is asking them oh, do you shoot in RAW? *blank stare from them then huh?*
Ah what ISO level did you take that at?.... *another blank stare* what?

Well I don't mind lightroom filters... But yeah, a lot of people seem to go overboard, black and white everything! Basically abuse filters...


When I started getting in to photography I admit that I really went overboard on filters. However, that was mostly because I was using a film camera at the time and was still getting to grips with things, so if a photo didn't turn out the way I expected I would do the necessary tweaking in a photo editor. Since then though I've almost completely kept away from image editors. I only really use them these days for resizing and adding frames.


I think we all go through a filter "phase"; I remember, I was so crazy for lomography filters... Then I realized how much the original colors were ruined by it...

#10 bdsams

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 13:52

When I read the title, I thought you were talking about lens filters and I was really confused at how someone would stack too many on a lens as you typically have to ramp up the iso or drop the shutter speed to get a quality image...then I realised you were talking about lightroom.

#11 Nick H.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 13:53

back in film days, a filter screwed on your camera :rofl: digital photography / digital film editing has made this way to easy for everyone...

Interesting that you mention that, I was planning on asking something related to that: At which point are filters cheating? I did indeed try physical filters on my camera in the past and I would still class them as acceptable today. So why do I find a difference between a physical filter and digital effects in an image editor?

I think the answer to my question is that there isn't a real difference between the two. Some minor editing in an image editor isn't always a bad thing. The problem is that it's now so easy to do that people feel the need to slap as many effects on to their images as they can.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 14:06

So i've been seeing some local photographers that have their own business on facebook. Apparently by reading the comments everyone thinks they do such a great job. But what i've also noticed is, these people can't leave a single photo alone without adding some stupid fracking filter to the picture.

What are your thoughts on the picture?

here are 2 examples

the first one has its moments were out of every photo I looked at I saw a few I liked, and those were also the few that didn't have any filters added.
https://www.facebook...844584707153407
https://www.facebook...y/photos_stream

The other one
https://www.facebook...e/photos_stream


First we need to define what you "think" are filters.

do you consider black and white, sepia toning, two toning and such filters ?
because most of what you're seeing here is developing.

#13 threetonesun

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 14:07

IMO, unless used for a very specific purpose or technique, filters (and tilt shift) shouldn't be used.

I find the bigger issue with digital photography is that it's too easy to adjust white balance / exposure / color in post, and there's a lot of photographers that are good (but not great) who run some post processing and end up with all of these people thinking they're wizards. I know this very well after trying to hire a wedding photographer. :laugh:

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 14:13

Interesting that you mention that, I was planning on asking something related to that: At which point are filters cheating? I did indeed try physical filters on my camera in the past and I would still class them as acceptable today. So why do I find a difference between a physical filter and digital effects in an image editor?

I think the answer to my question is that there isn't a real difference between the two. Some minor editing in an image editor isn't always a bad thing. The problem is that it's now so easy to do that people feel the need to slap as many effects on to their images as they can.


We still need to differentiate between filters/filter effects and development choices as well. While you could consider i a filter to change a photo to B/W or sepia or cyan tone, it's not really, and it makes no sense to shoot in this on the camera today unlike film. And even if you did choose to shoot in B/W on your DSLR, it actually shoots a regular color RAW file, and saves it with a tag that says it's B/W and white development settings it's saved on which may or may not get loaded when you load it in your editing suite.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 14:13

I wanted to see some actual photographs. :/