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| p.2 #8 · This photo was NOT inspired by Tony Hoffer |
Sorry folks, but we've GOT to move on from this.
If I ever end up shooting on that one day of the year it rains out here, you can bet your butt I'll backlight the crap out of that rain as well, but please, please, please at least try to mix it up a little from Tony's shot. Add something else, pull your own twist, do something....
I guess what really puts me off about this is the "people" comment. Okay, maybe it'd be beneath them, but if Doug or Chuck or Spencer posted this shot, would they be called out on it? There would be jokes about Chuck being a Tony protege, or something to that effect. But I'm not part of the in crowd here, so I'm a "people" and I shouldn't be posting a copycat image.
But really then, if you think about it, aren't we doing the same thing over and over and over again when you guys post your wedding series?
Mike, I challenge you not to post another wedding until it's truly unique, something you've come up with, none of this "getting ready" nonsense, none of the typical wedding ceremonies, none of this "first dance" drivel. And no more engagement shots unless you know the shots have never ever been done before. Like, ever. (Oops, sorry Taylor)
You said it yourself, "maybe it'd be beneath them...". I would never call out Doug or Chuck or Spencer because I wouldn't ever have to - they would all look for their own twist to it, and that's what makes them such great photographers. If you point out a "copyshot" of theirs I'd more than happily slap their avatars around. I haven't seen one out any of them yet.
Even so, I should probably clarify.
There is nothing wrong with copying shots, particularly when you give credit where credit is due (like here). There's nothing new under the sun. Originality is just past successes pieced together. We're all boneheads who can't come up with our own crap. Pick your phrase, but we all "copy" different elements of what we've seen to create our shots - I probably do so more often than most.
I think you're misunderstanding my resentment towards this shot as a defense of Tony - it's not. The reason I don't like this shot is because it's so well executed. You managed to pull off a very, very well executed version of someone else's shot. That's good and all, but you could be GREAT if you put this into your own vision. I feel like you're limiting your potential by stopping at Tony's shot.
My (ideal) scenario looks like this: Snap. Chimp LCD screen like the noob I am. "Chyea boy! Nailed that shot of Tony's! Now what can I add/subtract/change to make it mine? How does this fit into my vision as Mike Villa Visuals?" Add said change. Butcher shot. Curse. Tweak a few more times. Make killer shot that doesn't look as great as Tony's but is now in line with my photographic style.
I hope that explains it a bit more. Sorry to be so feisty, it's just getting towards the end of the season and I'm all burnt out and anti-wedding industry at the moment. Which of course, is a problem if I'm going to be pursuing wedding photography forums.
Ok. Rollout. Have a nice night.