Photographer Ripped For ‘Shoddy’ Olympic Photos

A set of portraits of American Olympians has generated negative feelings in the photography community because of an “amateur” and “shoddy” look that some think was intentional.

The photos were taken for Getty and AFP at the USOC media summit by Joe Klamar. While other photographers at the event chose to shoot the portraits straight up, Klamar’s had a different feel. Members of the photography community weren’t going for it. While the photos were taken in May, they’ve only recently gained a notorious reputation thanks to a thread on reddit’s photography page. Here’s a typical comment on reddit’s photography page:

“wow… he’s trying something new for press shots, concealing some details in shadows… using FOV and perspective to distort subjects in a not-so appealing way… Oh wait, these haven’t been processed… Wow they’re getting worse… Ok this wasn’t on purpose…these are terrible…”

You know when you’re watching a basketball game and the director cuts to a floor-level camera from behind the basket and you’re thinking, “huh, this is neat” for about two seconds before realizing that you can’t see anything? There’s a reason that camera has been positioned halfway up the stadium at half court for a reason. It looks good for a reason. That’s sort of my thought on Klamar’s photos. He tried to do something different and it didn’t work. (Making Natalie Coughlin look anything but beautiful, for instance, was a big miss.)

That’s my uninformed opinion. Some folks in the photography field were a bit more harsh: “This is an embarrassment to our country and my profession,” one wrote.

How about you, what is your take on Joe Klamar’s Olympic portraits? Does his new form of “art” gain a Like or a Gripe?

Source: Yahoo News

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The Right Way Of Complimenting Your Guy

Everyone loves a good compliment — even men. With the help of two degreed relationship experts, we’ve come up with a solid list of do’s and don’ts to remember when sending some flattery a man’s way:

DON’T be impressed by his job, but DO notice how well he does it

While you might think drooling over his job title or salary is a great way to make a man feel worthwhile, letting him know that you’re a fan of how well he does at his chosen profession is a better way of showing interest in his career.

DON’T say that you like his shirt; DO say how handsome he looks wearing it

“‘That’s a great shirt’ says nothing about how the person making the compliment feels. ‘I like how handsome you look in that shirt/suit/uniform,’ on the other hand, makes the compliment more personal and meaningful.” And remember, complimenting him when he is wearing something you love is the first step in getting him to toss those not-so-nice clothes you hate.

DO tell him when you like his friends

Let him know that you see what makes these friendships important to him. And remember to compliment him in front of his friends, because it will emphasize the fact that you only have eyes for him. Plus, it’ll give those buddies of his plenty of reasons to wish they had a partner like you.

DO praise his manners

Say, ‘When you pulled out the chair for me at dinner, I felt really special. Thank you.” Before you know it, he’ll be opening doors for you left and right. But all joking aside, you’ll make him feel like a debonair gentleman, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that… right, ladies?

Do you know of other effective ways to compliment your guy? Share your ideas and experience with us!

Source: Yahoo News

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