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hmm.. i kinda agree.
oopz ot already.
TS - general portraits will look similar most of the time. its up to the photographer to constantly develop new styles/angles every year to challenge oneself. Probably those who don't post 'exciting' stuff are busy out there shooting, and already know what they are doing right without needing critique. Look at the wedding section more.
this thread starting to look like something another famous CSer has said and done b4
Opinions are like A-holes. Everyone's got one.
The repetitive nature of portraiture is what makes it so difficult and so beautiful at the same time.
Similar compositions/lighting of the same person can be totally different pictures based on the slightest change in facial expression or gesture of the sitter.
Perhaps you find Richard Avedon's work repetitive? Because it is on one technical level and absolutely different on other levels.
Perhaps the reason you find most of the pictures boring is because you don't appreciate the subtleties of portraiture.
If you are serious about improving the standard of photography here then you lead by example. No one will take you seriously if you have nothing to back you up.
Let me also point out that Singapore has some of the best photographers in Asia, commercially at least.
Last edited by mattlock; 16th August 2008 at 02:09 AM.
Most of the portrait shots that you see here are mostly from organized shoot where there are at least 4 to 6 stranger- photographers to a model. It is very hard to shoot creatively being that the space is always insufficient for you to shoot wide in a creative manner, or for you to do any planning to shoot in any pose directed by someone, as if you wait, someone will ask for another pose or the model will change her pose or position.
Anyway, the time for each model is also very limited.
Secondly, due to organizational and logistic issues, all the organizers here tend to choose only "tested" and convenient sites and as such, most portrait with background always look familiar.
Thirdly, usually because of group shooting, the time of shoot is always around 9-30 to noon or 2 to 5-30 which are really bad time for shooting due to our climate.
Fourth, the C&C ppl here are very critical with background, usually being too cluster, bad. overblown, etc and I suspect a lot of the posters here would rather prefer to post only those closer up images to save the trouble of listening to all those critiques. I m sure in their HD there are plenty of wider-shot images that you are referring.
Fifth, the style and expectation from the members here is that being a portrait, the model should be clearly sharp and if possible a pretty babe
Lastly, Singapore do not have enough "unique, outstanding, stylish, dramatic, grand, etc" locations for shooters to experiment. I m sure if we are in old Malaysia or Indonesia, you will expect to get more creative portrait images....
always the Light, .... always.
Since the discussion have come to an end
this thread has served it purpose and thus will be closed