nathancarter wrote in post #14511448
Certain types of clients LOVE that cheesy stuff.
As photographers, we often see selective coloring and other photoshop trickery as cliche, dated, overused, etc. But if the client likes it, wants, it, or even requests it - who cares what other photographers think?
In all fairness, in many of these photographs the "cheese" factor was far from the worst thing.
I mean...one can opine that things like selective coloring and "photoshop trickery" are sort of inherently cheesy. But I've seen those kinds of pictures that were at least competently done. Were they still cheesy? Maybe. But at least they weren't ugly.
Hell...I absolutely LOVE infrared photography. I love the way that it makes certain kinds of scenes look, I think it's damn cool. And yes, I'm aware that many people look at obviously infrared photographs and immediately think, "that's cheesy". Hell, despite loving infrared photography, I don't necessarily disagree with them and certainly wouldn't get into an argument with them about it. If they think it looks cheesy and therefore they hate it, fair enough. But the thing is, I've seen some where the utilization of infrared photography was done damn well, even if the photographs do end up being "cheesy". Then I've seen others that are just bad photographs, regardless of whether they were shot in infrared or not.
Same thing here. Do I think that selective coloring is inherently cheesy? Absolutely. But I've also seen a hell of a lot of photographs that did selective coloring without making me want to gouge my eyeballs out after having seen it.
"Cheesy" and "ugly" are two different things. They might overlap, sure. But I've seen plenty of cheesy pretty photographs that I had no problem with. They might have been cheesy, but at least the cheesy stuff was done well. As in, it didn't look ugly.
These pictures are largely MUCH different than that. In these pictures, not only are the photographs just plain ugly as hell in most cases, but I highly suspect that the use of such "cheesy" post-processing gimmicks actually made the initial captures look uglier in many cases. My complaint wouldn't even be about the cheese. I think it's that the cheesy stuff was so poorly done that it just ends up looking UGLY.