9 photo editing cliches and how to avoid them

9 photo editing cliches and how to avoid them

It’s hard to define at which point a popular or fashionable effect becomes a cliché, but when it’s done badly on a regular basis it’s definitely a problem. Let’s take a look at nine of the biggest photo editing cliches and what you can do to avoid them.

Worst photo editing cliches: 1. Selective colour

9 photo editing cliches and how to avoid them

There was a time when creating a black and white image with some areas remaining in colour seemed novel and creative, but it’s pretty much been done to death.

One of the problems is that it has often been used to inject a little interest into otherwise dull shots.

Of course this doesn’t mean that there isn’t the odd occasion when it works very well, but don’t overdo it and reserve it for images that really cry out for it.

Worst photo editing cliches: 1. Selective colour
Worst photo editing cliches: 2. HDR
Worst photo editing cliches: 3. Overuse of filter effects
Worst photo editing cliches: 4. Square format
Worst photo editing cliches: 5. Frames and borders
Worst photo editing cliches: 6. Dodgy Blur
Worst photo editing cliches: 7. Bad tilt-and-shift effects
Worst photo editing cliches: 8. Fake lens flare
Worst photo editing cliches: 9. Excessive portrait retouching

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