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Do you have the "stereotypical" photos in your portfolio?

Asked by DWW25921 (6398points) August 31st, 2013

Every novice and even professional photographer, after they’ve gained some experience, seem to all have a few captures in common.

The rusty old abandoned vehicle.
The old civil war cannon (Americans).
The red barn.
A really nice lake capture.
A random urban scene.
A mountain overlook.
Their pet.

Every portfolio I’ve ever looked at has at least 4 of these captures. It’s fine I suppose but why do you think people gravitate towards the same things in a field that generally promotes diversity and creativity? It’s just an observation. Please, feel free to share your photos along with your comments!

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Nimis's avatar

I think it would depend on your location. You shoot what you see. Out of that list, I probably only have a random urban scene. I’d imagine many other jellies in my area would probably say the same.

DWW25921's avatar

@Nimis Well, maybe that just means I need to refine my views, I’m flexible! Are there specific shots that you feel that the majority of Urban photographers have? I think it’s an interesting study.

Nimis's avatar

I’m not really in a position to review so many photography portfolios, so I can’t help you there.

But I think nubies gravitate towards these things because they’re inanimate objects. Gives them time to figure out their angle, aperture, etc.

The pet is probably an access thing.

zenvelo's avatar

I have one on the list: lake scenes, because I run around the reservoir, and also because I went with my old girlfriend to a lake one day and took lots of pictures.

DWW25921's avatar

@Nimis Do you have any advice for newbies?

@zenvelo You can never take too many. Maybe it’s because I’m a novice myself but I find I can take the same shot at the same spot and get 2 different captures.

El_Cadejo's avatar

I think some of it has to do with these scenes being both highly visible(big landmarks/geographic features) and ascetically pleasing scenes. I think once you start to get into photography more you find you still will take these pictures but you try and find a really unique angle or lighting technique to shoot it in.

I think this is also the reason I’m so drawn to macro photography. I like exploring the little worlds most people walk past without noticing.

@DWW25921 I find when I take pictures I take about a million and like 3 lol. ah, love digital :P

Haleth's avatar

Ha! In my first photography class, I took like all of those. And lots and lots of pictures of leaves.

DWW25921's avatar

I may just regret this but I’m going to do it anyway… :) Let me know what y’all think.

Seek's avatar

In my area, remove the mountain (we don’t have any) add the upskirt shot of a palm tree.

downtide's avatar

Not many of any of those in my portfolio, except my pet. I do, however, have lots of pics of castles, aircraft and not-so-random pics of London landmarks.

Buttonstc's avatar


The one with the horse poking his nose out is especially cute.

If you want to add some interest to static shots of inanimate objects particularly (tractors, buildings. Etc.) where you have the luxury of time to compose your shots in different ways, as well as taking multiple shots of the same object, you might enjoy experimenting with this a bit:

And of course all of us who have cats can’t stop taking tons of pics of them because they are such graceful, beautiful creatures. Who can resist?

I believe it was Leonardo da Vinci who observed that “The smallest feline is a masterpiece.”

And his artistic eye was certainly impeccable, so who would know better?

dabbler's avatar

My barns are long past still being red when I shoot them.
I do have mountain shots and various sorts of urban pictures.
Pet, yes, I have a few hundred pictures of our parrot – she’s gorgeous so why not?

Add flowers to the list. I have lots of flowers, especially at close range, lots of flowers.

YARNLADY's avatar

The only thing I have out of that list is some mountain scenes I have visited and some ocean scenes. I mostly have family and pets at home, the beach, and various parks.

DWW25921's avatar

How could I forget the “up tree” shot! I probably have a dozen… LOL Horses, castles and landmarks are also very popular. I don’t come across many castles though… The beach scene is a must. I have a couple of those in a file somewhere…

@downtide Your castle captures are amazing! I wish I had access to a castle around here! The only thing we really have in the US that’s a real fort is the one in St. Augustine FL built by the Spanish. It’s pretty cool. I was there years ago but neglected to bring a camera… I’m on Flickr but haven’t taken that account very seriously. Some of my better shots are on Viewbug. I like your work!

@Buttonstc I have a ton more I want to upload but they only allow so many per week. I don’t put up my best every time. It’s usually random. Thanks for the wisdom!

Aethelwine's avatar

I’m no professional, but I’ve been taking pictures my entire life. I had a nice camera when I was in high school in the mid-80s. I took photography my junior and senior year and I was a photographer for the yearbook those two years. I knew how to develop film and I had dreams of being a National Geographic photographer.

I’ve had digital cameras for the past ten years, but nothing that great. I have a Kodak Easyshare right now. I’d consider myself an amateur. I would love to have a nice camera.

I haven’t taken urban photos in over 20 years, but I do have a few lake scenes. Reflection and dusk

I love flowers:
A sunflower

I have pet photos:
Dog in dandelions
Cat in tree

We have a great view in all directions on the farm where we live. I enjoy taking photos of storms rolling in. Here’s another (no red barns, but we do have white outbuildings). I have this beautiful autumn view.

We also have a lot of critters on our property that I love to capture whenever I find them:
Red fox
and birds 1 & 2

Some random mountain photos:

Railroad tracks

DWW25921's avatar

@jonsblond Good stuff! My favorite are Railroad Tracks and the Dog in Dandelions. I guess the scenes just caught my eye. I like looking at stuff like that. I’m all over

downtide's avatar

@jonsblond I love “Dusk”. Looks so peaceful there, fishing in the evening.

@DWW Thanks! I live in the UK so there are a lot of castles around here. The ones in my portfolio are mostly from a couple of holidays in Scotland.

Seek's avatar

There’s a castle in Kentucky. Right off the Bluegrass Parkway. Bit of a local legend around it.

DWW25921's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr Seriously? I’m about 2–21/2 hours from Ashland. How far is it from me you reckon?

Seek's avatar

Not sure. It’s in Versailles. And, someone finally bought and opened the place. It’s a B&B!

DWW25921's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr That’s cool! It’s too far for me to drive though… I don’t have a lot of expendable cash these days.

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