Take your photography to the next level and beyond...

  • NEWS
  • REVIEWS
  • INSPIRATION
  • COMMUNITY
  • COMPETITIONS

Why not join for free today?

Join for Free

Your total photography experience starts here


Outrage Over US Olympic Promo Shots

Outrage Over US Olympic Promo Shots - There's been a lot of debate lately on the quality of the US promo shots. Take a look here.

 Add Comment

Category : Photographic Subjects
Share :

Olympic torch
Photo courtesy of London 2012
 
There's been a lot of debate on the web lately about the quality of the USA Olympic Team's promo shots.

Many people have said that they don't look professional, and are shoddily taken. Take a look at them here. Bear in mind, though, that reports suggest that the photographer was on a very limited time scale and the shot was set up very quickly, with limited time for re-takes.

Photographer Joe Klamar has received a lot of criticism over them, but there is debate as to whether this is fair given the situation.

When you compare their images to the UK efforts here, there is a distinct difference in quality, but the UK ones were taken in a large studio with the help of some of the very best photographic talent.

You can share your thoughts on this in the comments below, let us know what you think.

Explore More

Join ePHOTOzine and remove these ads.

Comments


JJGEE 9 6.3k 18 England
3 Jul 2012 12:02PM
Well at least with UK shots they are being positive in having a "Gold" coloured background Smile

Join ePHOTOzine for free and remove these adverts.

Pete e2
13 18.4k 96 England
3 Jul 2012 12:13PM
It's interesting that many years ago these photos may have passed as acceptable to most, but today photography has moved on so much and we see so many more examples of brilliant portraiture, with new styles of lighting and post production using Photoshop, that they become substandard.

They may not have had time to shoot, but surely they had time to edit. Several shot with the paper backgrounds could have been improved dramatically and would have given results that were at least half decent.
JJGEE 9 6.3k 18 England
3 Jul 2012 12:27PM
I have just re-read the article and together with Pete's comment
Quote: They may not have had time to shoot

Surely of they were the promotional shots for the American Olympic Team then sufficient time should have been made available as the date for the Olympics has been known for quite a while !
Coleslaw e2
9 13.4k 28 Wales
3 Jul 2012 12:32PM
They are absolutely cr*p
cats_123 e2
10 4.0k 25 Northern Ireland
3 Jul 2012 12:35PM
There's hope for me yet Grin....just a little bit of post production would have improved them 100%
sherlob e2
8 2.3k 125 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2012 12:43PM
Surely as a pro he was paid to meet a specific breif? That breif I imagine will have specified the time scale, resources and image quality needed?

I think I'd be asking for my money back, and arranging a hasty reshoot!
StuartAt e2
9 1.0k 6 England
3 Jul 2012 12:47PM
Even with limited time, I would have hoped that any photographer worthy of this sort of gig would have been able to produce something acceptable. As has been said, these look like the raw shots from somebody who has just started out in portrait photography (and the sort of thing that would be ripe for 'constructive critiscism' if it were posted on here) rather than the final product of a professional shoot.
Dlees78 8 24 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2012 1:45PM
Something only a handful of reports about this have mentioned is that these aren't actually the official US team portraits, or at least not the only shots by the only photographer. It was something along the lines of a whole bunch of photographers shooting for press agencies getting the chance to do some very brief portraits after a press conference. One report I read stated they had as little as 30 seconds with each athlete and I think the photographer (who is apparently a pretty good sports photographer) was just out of his comfort zone and out of his depth in that kind of situation.
lemmy 7 1.9k United Kingdom
3 Jul 2012 2:13PM

Quote: .just a little bit of post production would have improved them 100%

No amount of post production will help badly lit and composed images. These look like they were taken by someone completely out of their depth.

I'd have been ashamed of those even if I had taken them during my local paper days. Plain and simple, not a professional job. If DLees is correct, then the US Olympic authorities should be taken to task for amateurism and/ or lack of care.

Given that some of the finest photographers in the world are American, unforgivable
newfocus 8 644 2 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2012 2:27PM
I'll give him one thing though - I've now spent about 10 times longer looking at Joe Klamar's shots than I would have spent looking at a bunch of perfectly lit and processed sports team promo style portraits Smile
Why did these even get published is what i'm thinking!
A12PHOTO 4 17 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2012 3:38PM
Great Britains one far outway the poor old Americans,so lets hope we can do it in the medal table aswell.
chensuriashi e2
8 132 17 England
3 Jul 2012 4:51PM
The Athletes were just not that interested in the Tog that shot the shots.
They all lack the personal spark of engagement so important in a shot like these should have been. Chen.
[quote]It's interesting that many years ago these photos may have passed as acceptable to most[quote] not for a professional standard, it doesn't matter when they were taken, film or digital they are not acceptable!

These are shocking. A professional photographer would have a couple of assistants to help with picking up crap from the backdrop, they would have someone that could be working on editing shots while the shoot continues. It doesn't matter how much of a rush they are in, professional photographs should not be released looking like this.

This is just another amateur thinking they can be a photographer without trying.
mohikan22 10 2.2k 1 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2012 12:32AM
im not the best tog out there but MAN i can do better than some of those shots with a PAS camera!
janeez e2
6 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2012 6:47PM
Can't stop laughing! Shocked at the quality. Even with limited time these should be far better and have they not heard of Photoshop? The background paper is ripped to shreds in some images!
janeez e2
6 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2012 6:49PM
Do you think he does weddings......!!!!!!????
cattyal e2
9 6.0k 6 England
5 Jul 2012 12:58PM

Quote: I'll give him one thing though - I've now spent about 10 times longer looking at Joe Klamar's shots than I would have spent looking at a bunch of perfectly lit and processed sports team promo style portraits Smile

Same here - the UK pics I just scrolled through UK ones thinking 'same' 'same' 'same' etc.

Who knows what the real story is but it's nice to see the athletes as real human beings instead of glossed/buffed superheroes.
Jestertheclown 5 6.4k 241 England
5 Jul 2012 2:25PM
I'm with Alison here.
The American guy's shots might be technically lacking but by comparison, the UK ones look like overprocessed composites and consequently artificial.

Sign In

You must be a member to leave a comment.

ePHOTOzine, the web's friendliest photography community.

Join For Free

Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more.