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The Art of Black and White Photography, 2nd Edition by Torsten Andreas Hoffmann

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4   Overcoming Clichéd Photos

After the previous brief yet important technical discussion, you are ready to focus your attention on the most essential element—the image!

If you want to improve your photographic skills, ask yourself if something is worth photographing. Think about what you really want to express in your photographs. You may be tempted to photograph clichés, such as the Cathedral in Cologne, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and the Brooklyn Bridge in New York.

What characterizes a clichéd photo? A clichéd photograph is a shortened, simplified reproduction of a popular idea or image; it’s a poor copy, an imitation. Clichéd images do not need to be profoundly experienced by the photographer or audience, and they do not result from original ...

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