Stop with the filters!
Ok, I must admit, I like a good filter just like the next person, but some people have gone overboard with it. There is something called restraint that many people need to use. Perhaps a better word is realistic or at least less gaudy. I could have talked about the election, but I felt this was more important and less stressful.
I am an avid user of Instagram, where I have seen some egregious overuse of filters. I'm not talking about the Snap Chat filters. I'm talking about the so-called "beauty" filters. You know the ones where the face is so blurred it gives the illusion of clear, smooth skin, so they think. It also minimizes features and removes anything resembling a wrinkle. Tell me, is this really cute? Don't worry, you won't hurt my feelings.
Being a professional photographer, things like this drive me crazy! A bad picture is a bad picture. If you don't like the picture, take another one. Make sure you're showing your best side and have good lighting. If you're going to use a beauty filter, please use a realistic one or let a professional take your picture and retouch it for you. This may be very minor to you, but it annoys the heck out of me when people think it makes them look good. It doesn't make you look good, it makes you look like your face has little to no definition. Not cute. Now this image, I think is cute. No filter, just a good angle and good lighting. See the difference? By the way, I didn't get this on the first try.
I suppose people will continue to use these filters until something new comes out. Trying to avoid them may be difficult, but I will do my best. All I can say is, if you're going to use photo filters, please use them wisely. How do you feel about filters? Do you have a favorite one? I'd like to know. Really.
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