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My definition of beauty and why I like certain photo/photographers.

 
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Jan 07, 2018 10:01 |  #1

Over the years I've been a camera and camera magazine collector and not a real photographer. As I've been trying to correct that, I started journaling. As I've gone back and looked at my comments about photos and what I've liked and what I didn't I discovered a few things. I won't say it's a new thought, but it enabled me to focus on the subject and clarify my reactions to what I was seeing.

1.My definition of beauty includes the flaws. The photos and the photographers who I've tended to follow don't hide the flaws, the little irregularities in the skin, the wrinkles, the cellulite, etc. I even had one photo here that I had initially not liked but kept going back to it. Then I realized what it was. Her face wasn't photoshopped to death. It showed her in all her glory, flaws and imperfect skin and all.

2. Just because we can correct just about everything in photoshop now doesn't mean we should. There is a time and a place for everything.

3. I went out and bought a copy of the book Atlas of Beauty

4. Now I have a goal and something that I can start to form a personal style

Yup I know it sounds trite and possible a bit touchy-feely but journaling (honest journaling) can be a useful tool. Give it a try. You might find somethings out about yourself and your photography may benifit.




  
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Apr 02, 2018 11:45 |  #2

I love to see when photography is accompanied by deep thought. I agree with your definition of beauty. And in my experience, honest reflection of any kind is both beneficial and scary. As I am fond of saying, if you are not afraid of what you are going to produce than you are not digging deep enough.

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Apr 04, 2018 08:13 |  #3

Often models used in photoshoots are already well-served/well preserved by nature, because a lot of us male photographers are especially interested in physically attractive and fit women, ...
This is valid also in my case, so I would find it not to be truthful/respectful to the rest of the female community to even further retouch/adapt/digitall​y sculpt their bodies to attain 'so called' perfection.
The models I work with are already perfect in their being, with their (limited, I agree) physical flaws and their mental doubts, no need to further polish them ...

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Apr 04, 2018 08:36 |  #4

2. Just because we can correct just about everything in photoshop now doesn't mean we should. There is a time and a place for everything.

I would agree. It depends on who the client is. If you're shooting for yourself, do what you want keeping in mind that you can be sued for anything, anytime.
If you're being paid to shoot someone's mom, then do what makes her happy, or you won't be in business very long.
Myself, I wouldn't remove a mole unless asked to, but would start by knocking it down a little so it wasn't very prominent in the proofs.


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Jan 26, 2019 13:39 |  #5

I would say even a simple photo can catch an unexpected beauty.


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Jan 28, 2019 08:33 |  #6

Local rugby player straight after a game. No retouching other that to remove some hair over her eyes and replace a chip in her tooth which she asked me to do. To me, anything else i tried to do would be ham fisted at best. This what i would call natural beauty.


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