I am not perfect. I make mistakes, I learn from them and fix them when I can.
I struggle constantly when I see images online that others are raving about – to go so far as to say they are amazing. Entire portfolios of some photographers that all have the same basic issues – lack of a basic understanding of color balance and correct skin tones – and calling it “creative”.
In all the years I’ve been working I have never presented a client with images that have orange skin tones. And I can’t for the life of me understand why any client – paying or not paying – would accept those images as good.
Look in the mirror folks – NO one has orange skin tones, orange hair (red is not orange), or orange teeth. It’s bad exposure, bad lighting…not creative, not “airy” (that’s a completely different look technically), just not good. Creative plays with lighting I get – but the whites of your eyes should still be white. Even a bad spray tan can’t change your eyes.
I don’t call it out specifically when I see it – I don’t want to be THAT person. But I want people to really look at the images from people that are saying they are professionals. Or charging in any way, shape or form.
One of the first things you have to learn to get right: COLOR – white balance, exposure, lighting. All of it affects your color.
The only way people get better at something is when they know they have to work harder. Telling people images look amazing because you love the subject is not helping a new photographer grow and learn.
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