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09-23-2016, 02:42 PM   #1
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Professional vs Amateur Instagram Travel Photos

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There are travelers who like to take photos, and then there are travel photographers.

There's a difference between the two, and that becomes especially apparent when browsing travel photos on Instagram.

We rounded up 13 beautiful places around the world and compared a professional's depiction of those places to an amateur's.



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QuoteOriginally posted by dcshooter Quote
It really bothers me a lot how tilted the Qazneh in Petra is in the "travel photographer's" photo.
Do you mean the perspective shift from looking up at it? It's otherwise level and symmetrical to the point that it couldn't have been an accident.
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The worst thing by far is the English-homework-style captions.
This one is colourful.
This one is less colourful.
This one is romantic.
This one is less romantic.
This one is good.
This one is less good.

Kill me now!
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QuoteOriginally posted by dcshooter Quote
It really bothers me a lot how tilted the Qazneh in Petra is in the "travel photographer's" photo.
The Eiffel tower bothers me more, anyone would think the french were following design cues from the leaning tower of pisa.

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It seems to me that the so called "Pro" images have been expertly processed for contrast and saturation where the "Amateur" images have an auto straight out of camera look. Some of these could be improved somewhat with a bit of PP. The other striking difference in my opinion is composition. Here the "Pro" images stand out.
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It's obvious that the author is not a photographer
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I have some alternate captions

The Wave in Arizona looks majestic against a starry evening sky
This majestic sky has an airplane trail passing through it

The Norwegian village of Geiranger just begs to be photographed. The umbrella adds a whimsical quality to this shot.
The village is still begging to be photographed. Meanwhile, here's a photo of an umbrella and landscape. The village is somewhere below the photo.

This shot of Positano on Italy's Amalfi Coast is particularly vibrant.
This photographer knows how to use the saturation slider.

This solo traveler manages to look very trendy in front of this stunning, impressive view of Machu Picchu in Peru.
This solo traveler manages to block our view of Machu Picchu.

India's Taj Mahal is richly colored and perfectly centered in this post.
The saturation slider goes to 11!

(Disclaimer: My photos aren't better than these, but the author exalting these shots as an ideal is off kilter.)
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I read the text. LOL

Ok, fellow native speakers, tell me please is it normal to use so often little/less/more in one short article?

colors pop a lot less
looks a little more realistic
little less exciting
little more dull
little more deserted

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Not to mention the author can do some cherry picking and select not-so-great amateur photos.
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QuoteOriginally posted by micromacro Quote
I read the text. LOL

Ok, fellow native speakers, tell me please is it normal to use so often little/less/more in one short article?

colors pop a lot less
looks a little more realistic
little less exciting
little more dull
little more deserted
It is perfectly correct English, just extremely dull to read.
Rather than describe the first and then simply use the negative in the second desctiption, it would be much more interesting to actually describe what is wrong with the second, and how it could be improved. But I think the earlier post nailed it...the author has no idea how.
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QuoteOriginally posted by victormeldrew Quote
It is perfectly correct English, just extremely dull to read.
I thought so, thanks. I understand that the author is not a photographer, but she has some degree in journalism. Did she learn there at university to write that way?
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I learned at age 11 not to write that way...but modern journalism is pretty much an exercise in writing for 5 year olds. So yes, she probably did.
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QuoteOriginally posted by victormeldrew Quote
it would be much more interesting to actually describe what is wrong with the second, and how it could be improved. But I think the earlier post nailed it...the author has no idea how
Critique can be as much as an art form as the art it is criticizing. Journalists are for reporting facts, not critique.
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QuoteOriginally posted by victormeldrew Quote
modern journalism is pretty much an exercise in writing for 5 year olds.
I read news in three languages, and yes, it seems to be a global problem. I believe that internet era damaged high standards for journalism everywhere.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Digitalis Quote
Critique can be as much as an art form as the art it is criticizing. Journalists are for reporting facts, not critique.
That depends what kind of Journalist you are I'd say...
The journalists who write in the British Journal of Photography are quite good at critiquing photos.
The journalists in Hello are quite good at critiquing women's outfits.
The Financial Times are good at critiquing financial policies.
The gutter press are quite good at critiquing everyone else's moral standards.

The key skill for a journalist is to do your research. Perhaps 10 minutes with a photographer, asking them why these amateur photos don't measure up, would have yielded some good nuggets for the article.
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