Any photographer who wants their work to stand out has to offer something unique to the viewer. The following list contains ideas, poses and editing techniques that probably aren't too original and should be avoided. If I had known this when I started photography, I probably would have found a signature look sooner.
Before you read please take note that photographers knocking other photographers is not ok and not the intended purpose of this article. This is why I dug through my own photos that I took within the first 6 months I owned a camera. With that being said, everyone has to start somewhere and I am thankful for the way my photography journey panned out.
1. White vignette. This was meant to fix lens vignette issues, not some cool effect.
2. Selective coloring and that dizzy angle is SO cool... said no one ever.
3. Photographers with profile pictures taken in a mirror using a DSLR is probably the least professional thing you can do.
4. HDR is cool... until you go overboard.
5. Forming heart with hands. It's cheesy. Just stop.
6. Baby froggy pose. (No example for this sorry. If you have one feel free to share yours in the comments)
7. Railroad tracks may provide nice leading lines, but it's cliché.
8. Smooth skin using blur tools. Far too many people never see the light when it comes to this point. Skin texture has to be retained. If the creators of photoshop knew people would do this they probably would never have invented the blur options under the filter menu.
9. Watermarks. A photograph needs a watermark like a toilet seat needs spikes.
10. The jumping wedding party shot! (No example for this sorry. If you have one feel free to share yours in the comments)
11. Jumping pictures period.
12. Holding a frame. (No example for this sorry. If you have one feel free to share yours in the comments)
13. Adding a frame.
14. Here's a 3 in 1. People on their phone, one foot up on wall pose and boring bricks.
15. Doing a photo shoot of your lens caps.
What else is missing in the article? Feel free to share down below.