I am reposting this article because I’ve received a spate of images with birds in them from some app which has a library of bird flocks, apparently. The reality is that I have yet to see a picture that is improved when these birds are added. Herewith, the repost:

Recently, I noticed I was getting a lot pictures with pretty flocks of birds in them.

Suddenly, it occurred to me that it was an app putting the birds in the sky: the bird patterns looked very familiar. I looked into it and discovered this was the case and stopped publishing them.

I received two pictures today with the birds in them. Neither picture needed the birds: in both cases, the pictures would have been stronger without the birds.

The birds app, the planet/moon app, the water reflection app, the light ray/lens flare app … I won’t say never use them, because every app has at least one appropriate application … but be cautious, judicious, absolutely certain of the usage and remember: a little goes a long way!

What I am trying to say is “Trust your images.”

I hope it’s not mean for me to post this video, but I thought it pretty damn funny and appropriate.