Point and Shoot?

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January 18, 2019 by phicks2012

Why is it that people take really unflattering photos of others, and then absolutely HAVE to share them with the world on social media?

When I take photos, I try to get good shots and I delete the bad ones. If I take two-hundred photos at an SCA event, fifty (or fewer) might actually get saved and twenty might eventually be posted/shared. With digital photography there’s no longer any question of “wasting film” or of having paid good money to have negatives developed. As a result, the less appealing versions of repetitive shots (where 8-10 look nearly identical) can be eliminated, and there’s absolutely NO EXCUSE not to delete horrible photos — unless, of course, you’re just being deliberately mean.

In recent years, several truly ghastly photos of me have been proudly shared on-line, and also shared to my timeline, as though I might actually want to see them at all. I don’t, and some of these these were truly cringe-worthy.

In all fairness, I have shared some photos of myself (like the one included with this BLOG) that most assuredly were not Glamour Shots, but they were intended to be funny — and succeeded. Also, they did not add twenty pounds to my already unfortunate weight, or twenty years to my (undisclosed) age, or cause me to look like something out of “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not”.

So here’s a hint to those folks out there with cell phone cameras and no eye for composition, who just aim and shoot with no thought of how the picture will look and who share literally EVERYTHING. It’s hard enough these days to get good photos of me. I do not want bad pictures of me shared. If you can’t tell the difference, no offense, but you probably don’t need to be snapping photos. 😉

End of discussion.

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