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25 Photo Clichés You Should Stop Doing Right Now

By Paul Faecks on June 19th 2014

Are you spending your time with taking selfies, capturing photos of sunsets or putting a giant watermark on your photos? If you do, then this video is probably something you should watch. In another humorous video from DigitalRev, Kai presents 25 photo clichés you, as a photographer, should stop doing right now.


Here are some of the best clichés you should stop doing. Right now.

#1 The Giant Watermark

Please stop ruining you images by putting a huge watermark on them! I get it, you want to protect your images from being stolen, but if somebody really wanted to steal your image they would.

Giant Watermark

#2 The Ugly Frame

Don’t put a frame on your image! Sure, a frame can look good, but most of the time your photo will just end up looking like it was taken by an amateur.

Ugly Frame

 #3 The “I’m a Photographer” Selfie

Don’t carry your expensive photography gear to the bathroom – it will annoy other people using the bathroom and your photos will likely not be the best because your camera covers at least half of your face…

 # 4 The Crappy HDR

Don’t get me wrong, HDRs can look absolutely amazing when done right, but a lot of people don’t do it right! Everyone knows these overly saturated, over-processed images that almost hurt your eyes. If you want to learn how to create stunning HDR images, we have the SLR Lounge HDR Workshop that teaches everything you need to know to start taking amazing HDRs.

Over processed HDR

Okay, ‘fess up. Which of these clichés are you guilty of?  Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

[via DigitalRev, images via screencaps]

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Paul Faecks is a portrait- and fine art photographer, based in Berlin. If you want to check out his latest work, you can do so by following him on Instagram or by liking his Facebook Page

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Dick Raymond

    hat was funny. What a goof ball!

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  2. Imants Ozolins

    I think I did all of them and some I’m still doing, but definitely not #25, damn, I’m going to make a picture of trolley.
    I don’t think blurred waterfall is cliché and about Microstock, in year 2009 – yes, but now-days is quite hard to come up with something original.

    I don’t know if it’s called cliché, but making numerous photo of one scene that doesn’t change much is quite annoying. Unless it’s some (sport) event or time lapse. I was recently traveling with one tourist group and one women was making a lot of photos with every scene without changing composition or settings like Aperture. Her camera was set to continuous shooting mode – so one click = 2-4 photos. I’m wondering what she will do with all these snapshots.

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  3. Sonu Chatha

    dudes got some funny talk

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    I am new to photography, so Digital Rev just gave me 25 new things to try out!

    Thanks SLR Lounge and Digital Rev.

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  5. Tobias Heyl

    What remains if basically everything you can do in photography is being set off as a cliché?

    Kai really is funny, indeed. I’d like to spend a week with him to get to do all the crazy stuff that he does ;-)

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  6. Drew Pluta

    What?! No railroad tracks?

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  7. Anthony McFarlane

    Well Im still new at this, so I will try a few of these out!

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  8. Kurk Rouse

    i’ll stick with some of these cliches, love them too much to give them up.

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  9. Ariel Domingo

    Lets try Trolley on railroad track :)

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  10. Tyler Friesen

    Big fan of drtv

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  11. Rambo Estrada

    The way that guy say “Bokeh” gets me every time.

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  12. Hanssie

    I wish I had a British accent!

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  13. Jacob Jexmark

    Awesome video from DRTV as always. That guy from the CC article wanting export options in Lightroom with frames should watch this ;)

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  14. Servando Miramontes

    Kai is just too damn funny….. I now need to change my profile photo -__- Hahaha

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