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  • Writer's pictureIan Miller


Clichés in photography are often seen as a sign of unoriginality or lack of creativity. Some photographers avoid them at all costs, while others embrace them as a way of expressing themselves. But are clichés really good or bad for photography?

The answer is not so simple. Clichés are not inherently good or bad but rather depend on the context, the intention and the execution of the photographer. A cliché can be a good thing if it serves a purpose, such as conveying a message, evoking an emotion, or capturing a moment. A cliché can also be a bad thing if it is used lazily, carelessly, or without any personal touch.

The key to using clichés in photography is to be aware of them and to make them your own. Instead of blindly following the trends or copying what others have done, try to add something new or different to the cliché. Experiment with angles, lighting, colours, composition, or editing. Challenge yourself to find a fresh perspective or a creative twist on the cliché. Or use the cliché as a starting point and then break the rules or go beyond the expectations.

Clichés in photography are not good or bad by themselves but rather depend on how you use them. They can be powerful tools or weak crutches, depending on your skill and vision. The most important thing is to be authentic and original in your photography and to have fun with it.

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