Thursday, September 1, 2011

You Need To Stop

God invented digital photography so that we could delete crappy photos before they saw the light of day.  It was a glorious gift.  Stop fucking it up.  If you wouldn't pay the pennies to develop/print a photo then spare us all and don't put it on the internet either.  Edit.  Your.  Photos.

I'm not saying you need to break out fancy photo editing software to adjust color balances and touch up wrinkles.  The only thing I'm asking you to use is the delete button.  Just look at your photo and decide whether another human would ever care to look at it.  Does it fail to capture a moment or image that's even slightly interesting?  Are you the only conceivable target audience?  If so, don't upload it.

Do you not have the time to look at each photo and make that kind of decision for each one?  Stop.  Bulk camera uploading kill kittens.  If you don't have the time to review your photos then we don't have the time to look at them.

Is this a photo of a person?  Look at it.  Is it flattering?  If it was a photo of you, would you want it on the internet for everyone to see?  Would it be how you would want to be portrayed?  To your mom?  To your boss?  To prospective love interests?  If the answer to any of these is no then stop.  Do the person a favor and delete the photo.  Or at the very least ask them first before you blast it onto the internet for all to see.

Seriously, I don't know what is wrong with you people.  Not every captured image is sacred.  I'm not even going to berate you for spending more time capturing your shitty photos than enjoying what you're taking a photo of.  I just want you to please exercise some fucking decency and stop the digital diarrhea spewing out of your camera. 

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