By Melissa Camacho,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Fun phone photography contest a cool primer for the art.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It takes perseverance to take good photos.
Positive Role Models
A diverse group of talented photographers from various races, ethnicities, and genders.
Violence & Scariness
Contestants sometimes cry in frustration, and some of the photographs feature people looking angry, stressed, or distorted, but there's nothing violent.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sometimes photography subjects are in skimpy clothing or move suggestively.
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Occasional bleeped curses.
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Products & Purchases
Samsung is a sponsor of the series. The show is a promotional vehicle for the S21 Ultra 5G Camera mobile phone, which is prominently featured in every episode.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Exposure is a reality competition series featuring photographers taking pictures on mobile phones. It's a major promotional vehicle for Samsung, who is a major sponsor of the show, and the Samsung S21 Ultra 5G Camera mobile phone is prominently visible throughout each episode. There's also some bleeped cursing, and some of the imagery features people who are partially dressed (no nudity) or moving in mildly suggestive ways, but this usually presented as part of the artistic form.
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What's the Story?
EXPOSURE is a competition series where eight photographers take their best shots using cell phones. Each episode, hosted by photographer and content creator Cole Walliser, shows contestants participating in two challenges designed to test them on their mastery of different kinds of photography taken with Samsung S21 Ultra 5G Camera mobile phones. They're also tested on their post-editing skills. Head judge and renown photographer Cat Jimenez, along with guest judges like YouTuber Tyler Oakley, skate photographer Atiba Jefferson, and Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister, critiques their final work. The photographer who makes it to the end of the competition without being cut wins $250,000 in prize money.
Is It Any Good?
This fun but formulaic series, which touts itself as the first phone photography competition show, underscores how mobile photography has evolved from amateur snapshots into a serious part of the art form. However, aside from the fact that it promotes top-of-the-line Samsung camera phones, Exposure doesn't offer techniques specific to a cell phone camera. Instead, it focuses on the images themselves, and how they demonstrate the contestant's ability to tell a visual story while balancing composition, texture, and lighting. How far they should go in the post-editing process is also discussed.
It's colorful and edgy, but the overall show doesn't offer anything particularly surprising or new outside of the photographer's creative work. While contestants can be hard on themselves, there isn't a whole lot of competitive drama between them, either. But this is a good thing, because it gives those interested in the craft a chance to pay attention to the constructive feedback offered by the experts, which they can then incorporate into their own work. Ultimately, Exposure offers some interesting insight into what makes a good photograph, regardless of the type of camera.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about photography. What makes a good photograph? If you understand the craft, does it really matter what kind of camera you use?
Why do you think photography popular on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram is now being treated as an important part of of the art form? What does this tell us about how people think about the role of mobile technology in the arts and in media?
Did you know that some reality shows and competitions are often used as promotional vehicles for products and services? Parents: How can we help kids distinguish between entertainment and advertising when this happens?
- Premiere date: April 26, 2021
- Cast: Cole Walliser, Cat Jimenez
- Network: Hulu
- Genre: Game Shows
- Character Strengths: Perseverance
- TV rating: TV-14
- Last updated: February 28, 2022
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