Top 6 Clichés Photographers Should Avoid @MediaNovak
The digital revolution has certainly increased the popularity of photography. It seems that almost everyone who can afford it now owns a camera and consequently there are millions if not billions of images made every week. This means that the subjects that you choose to photograph may well have been photographed many times before and unless you can come up with a different approach you may stand accused of perpetuating a photographic cliché.
So what exactly is a cliché? A quick search on Wikipedia yields the following (slightly amended) definition. “A cliché is an element of an artistic work which has been overused to the point of losing its original meaning or effect, especially when at some earlier time it was considered meaningful or novel”. The “element” in question here is not just the subject matter you choose but can also apply to some approaches, techniques and even post processing options. The key is that at some point in the past an original thinker was the first to produce something “meaningful or novel”. This inspired many others to attempt to reproduce it to the point where any further attempts are likely to be met with a despairing groan.