I’ve been noticing a less-than-good trend in photography lately. I see an increasing number of photographs — some of them on stock sites — that are way over-processed in, probably, Lightroom.
Photographers have learned to shoot in RAW format, but many use the dynamic range of that format along with various filters to exaggerate their images to look unnatural while unwittingly blowing way past the limitations of the CMYK gamut. As artsy RGB images, I guess they look OK (if one likes their surreal look), but as photographs I can actually use for much of anything I’m working on, NO.
Recently, I’ve needed to tell several different photographers that I don’t want the overly processed work they’ve sent and have requested their unretouched photos instead. They complain then claim that what they sent is closer to what they actually saw than what the camera captured. I’ve had to tell a couple of them that I wouldn’t use their photos because of it.