Critique the Community

Cliché Photographs

We Want To See Your Most Cliché Images Ever Taken
  • Submission Deadline: Thu, 30 Jun 22 16:45:00 +0000

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This week we are trying something different. We want to see your most cliché, overly done photos. Maybe you've taken a super common image that actually turned out amazing or perhaps it is so cringeworthy you never wanted to show it before. Either way, we are going to pick a random assortment of overly copied images and give you our opinions on why you should avoid them, what could be done to make them better, or maybe, just maybe, why we think one breaks the mold and belongs in your portfolio. This should be a lot of fun.  

As always, each photographer can submit up to three images and only images with descriptions will be chosen for the critique. We want to know how the image was created. Was the photoshoot planned out or did you get lucky? Is it natural light or did you use strobe? Is it real or did you add elements in Photoshop? Why did you think this was a good idea at the time?

The highest-rated image and one random image will be chosen to get a free tutorial from the Fstoppers Store

To watch the live critique, make sure you are subscribed to the Fstoppers Live Youtube channel. 

Featured Photo Collage Images by Patrick Hall and Unsplashed Stock 

  • Submission Deadline: Thu, 30 Jun 22 16:45:00 +0000

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  • 46 people have cast a total of 1,362 votes on 95 submissions from 49 contestants.
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21 Comments
Christopher Hendricksen's picture

Love this idea. I like when lower rated images are included in the mix - I feel like I learn a lot from those

Alan Bailward's picture

So it says this was posted 5 hours ago and the deadline is today 6 hours ago? I think someone put the wrong end date on this.

Patrick Hall's picture

Ah that's weird. It should be up and running now!

Patrick Hall's picture

Maybe, have to wait to see

Andrea Re Depaolini's picture

This means, this time people will complain because they get high votes :)

Thomas Herbst's picture

Hmm, I've captured two photos in the last year that are very similar to some in the banner compilation. I don't know if that's a good or bad thing ;)

Patrick Hall's picture

Submit them and let's find out!

Russell Hunter's picture

Extra points if you include a person in the frame looking whimsically into the distance.

Angela Perez's picture

So if you win this technically makes you the king of unoriginality lol

Edrin Spahiu's picture

No you’re original in non originality

Angela Perez's picture

cli·ché
/klēˈSHā/
noun
1.
overused and betrays a lack of original thought.

I noticed not a lot of submissions it seems no one wants the title of the CLICHE king lol

Don L's picture

Actually there are some pretty good photos in here

Ray Sheffer's picture

I find that people on Fstoppers when giving out stars are really stingy or have a really high standard of what a photo should look like. There's photo in this competition, I believe should have an average of 4 stars but in reality they have an average of 2 or less/

Don L's picture

Totally agree...

Alexandre Watanabe's picture

Although I'm not participating on this one, I am curious. Why is stated that are 88 submissions, but only 63 images are showing (at least on the time I typed this post)? The last contest also had this issue about numbers (and some of the selected images not showing up, just like this one right now)! Is it a bug?

Nir Roitman's picture

It takes the database info sometime to update because of the cached elements in the server or cdn.

Alexandre Watanabe's picture

I guess it's a bug of some sort, right now it's stating that there are 99 submissions, but only 74 images are being displayed! Well, I'm just posting here so maybe the developer might see it and fix it!

Angela Perez's picture

When are the critique the community videos usually posted?

Patrick Hall's picture

We need to go live soon. I'm thinking maybe Weds or Thursday. Been busy with the holiday

Allen Hale's picture

What? No nudes on railroad tracks? It is difficult and creative to get more cliche than that!

Sven Taubert's picture

seem that the community had too good taste to have one available ;)

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