The most annoying new fad in photography

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RichRMA Senior Member • Posts: 4,073
The most annoying new fad in photography
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Pick one:

1.  Food photography

2.  Selfies

3.  Unboxing videos

rmlewis Regular Member • Posts: 453
Re: The most annoying new fad in photography
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HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

and I just got off the phone from enrolling in a food photography 1 day workshop

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Re: The most annoying new fad in photography

RichRMA wrote:

Pick one:

1. Food photography

2. Selfies

3. Unboxing videos

Agree with 2 and 3 but food?

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ZX11 Senior Member • Posts: 3,737
Re: The most annoying new fad in photography
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RichRMA wrote:

3. Unboxing videos

I like unboxing videos when I am shopping/researching the item in the video. Though they will never be art like a landscape photo, unboxing videos can be cool and worth the price of admission. I did watch an unboxing of some large "hundreds and hundreds of mm" Canon white lens just so I could check out the design of the suitcase it came with.

If you said landscape photography was the most annoying fad in photography, I would agree with you.  I don't like landscape pictures.  They bore me to death and look like any other landscape picture on the internet.

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Re: The most annoying new fad in photography
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#2... I even just hate the word "selfie"

blech

EthanP99 Senior Member • Posts: 2,359
Re: The most annoying new fad in photography
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selfies have been around the block and back

its called a self portrait nothing new

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Chenezo5507 Junior Member • Posts: 37
Re: The most annoying new fad in photography
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Definitely 3. Unboxing videos for me!

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Flowers. Even a monkey can take nice flowers pictures.

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fishy wishy Senior Member • Posts: 3,083
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Avobanana wrote:

Flowers. Even a monkey can take nice flowers pictures.

Don't monkeys prefer selfies? I would like to see your categorical statement submitted to experimental testing. We can grade their ability from handling primes to zooms to reversing rings, bellows and ring flash maybe.

happypoppeye
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I would...
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RichRMA wrote:

Pick one:

1. Food photography

2. Selfies

3. Unboxing videos

...move unboxing videos to #1. In my opinion this really shows that it's not about the photo, it's about the look of the gear that matters most to these guys. AT least selfies and food photos are people actually taking photos.

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Re: The most annoying new fad in photography

EthanP99 wrote:

selfies have been around the block and back

its called a self portrait nothing new

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2. Selfies: Not the photograph, the name
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RichRMA wrote:

Pick one:

1. Food photography

2. Selfies

3. Unboxing videos

As others have mentioned, self-portraits are likely as old as art itself.  I just don't like the name.  1. and 3. aren't my cup of tea but are too easily ignored to be considered annoying.

Les Freed
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HDR unboxing selfies -- while eating.

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I love doing selfie videos of me unboxing my lunch. 

Anyways, what's wrong with taking a picture of an artfully presented dish?

And unboxing videos serve a purpose. Especially if I want to present something as a gift, I want to know how it is packaged.

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happypoppeye wrote:

RichRMA wrote:

Pick one:

1. Food photography

2. Selfies

3. Unboxing videos

...move unboxing videos to #1. In my opinion this really shows that it's not about the photo, it's about the look of the gear that matters most to these guys. AT least selfies and food photos are people actually taking photos.

If it's the selfies we see all over the internet, it's not even about the photos, it's about craving attention in social media. I respect people liking technology and wanting to share the experience with others who might want to learn something, like what comes in the package. I can't respect people who are so starved for attention that they take their own portraits because nobody else will.

Selfies should be #1 and stay there.

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Re: The most annoying new fad in photography

RichRMA wrote:

Pick one:

1. Food photography

2. Selfies

3. Unboxing videos

The first two aren't new!

When I got my first job as an advertising photographer's assistant, we did loads of food photography. Also I noticed a picture at David Bailey's brilliant exhibition at the NPG in London, a selfie he took of him and Dali holing his 35mm film camera at arms length.

DuaneV
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Re: The most annoying new fad in photography
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1: Instagram type filters that make terrible photos look even worse.

2: Unboxing vids. "OK guys, so here I am with my new D800 and I'm opening the box. Here are the cables, here's the battery, here's the owners manual." Yeah, what a waste of my time. Do people HONESTLY watch those, and for what reason? Do you REALLY need to see what it looks like to take a camera or lens out of the box?

3: Selfies for the reason mentioned above. Not all selfies bug me, but the girls who post 15 a day on social media while puckering up their lips, pushing out their boobs and butt, THEN adding the instagram filters/effect, are a sad, pathetic, joke.

4: Food photos. Whatever. Just like unboxing vids, I couldn't care less what someone has for lunch and I move along.

Mark Smith Veteran Member • Posts: 6,336
Not so new.
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RichRMA wrote:

Pick one:

1. Food photography

2. Selfies

3. Unboxing videos

How are these 'new'? Food photography has been around for very many years just open a 1960's recipe book, self portraits likewise been a 'fad' since the 1830's

I will agree about no 3 although I wouldn't say they were a photographic fad, more a consumer electronics one as I've seen unboxing videos of CE for a few years now.

So 'new' to you possibly, for others not so.

New (less than 5 year old) fads in photography.

1/Using iPads to take snaps at concerts/museums etc (everyone looks cool holding up something the size of a dinner plate)

2/Posting every single thing you take to your feed so your friends can see 'real time' your images sharing your dull boring life with 200 other people with equally nothing interesting to do is narcissistic.

3/ Making boring cell phone shots into faux Polaroids and uploading (as per two) press a button, upload for instant art– it is to photography what instant dried soup is to food.

There are a whole host of fads, which will be gone in 20 years, self portraits and food photography aren't in that category.

yardcoyote Senior Member • Posts: 5,832
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How is the self portrait, one of the standard forms of human artistic expression since the first cave painter airbrushed* around his or her hand as part of the composition, suddenly an annoying new trend? If you dislike the term "selfie", that's another issue. I personally think the English language has worse problems than a harmless slang term for a snapshot self portrait. Stop forming a plural with an apostrophe and you can call it a "selfie" all you want.

I find unboxing videos useful when I am preparing to buy a complicated new bit of kit with lots of crucial small bits.

*Yes, airbrushed. They probably used powdered pigment blown through a straw onto a prepared surface.

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yardcoyote Senior Member • Posts: 5,832
Re: The most annoying new fad in photography

How is the self portrait, one of the standard forms of human artistic expression since the first cave painter airbrushed* around his or her hand as part of the composition, suddenly an annoying new trend? If you dislike the term "selfie", that's another issue. I personally think the English language has worse problems than a harmless slang term for a snapshot self portrait. Stop forming a plural with an apostrophe and you can call it a "selfie" all you want.

I find unboxing videos useful when I am preparing to buy a complicated new bit of kit with lots of crucial small bits.

*Yes, airbrushed. They probably used powdered pigment blown through a straw onto a prepared surface.

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