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Why do people put their heads together?

 
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Mar 17, 2007 20:23 |  #1
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When people are seeing someone is taking a picture of them, why do so often people put their heads together even if the camera has a wide enough angle to get them in with them standing/posing normally?

I can see this if the lens was long and only their heads would be in the shot, but most times there is more than enough room without the smushing of heads/faces. There are times for it, but certainly not for casual candids.

Is there a historical reference of widish angle lenses being rare long ago?


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Mar 17, 2007 20:42 |  #2

Body language. It says: "I actually know this person and heshe is a friend"

If you turn the head away you appear disinterested.


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Mar 18, 2007 01:11 |  #3

Because they see everyone else do it?:confused:


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Mar 18, 2007 05:09 |  #4

As Doc said, It's just about warmth. That's not to say that it's the only way to show warmth, but it's a natural expression of it.


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Mar 18, 2007 08:26 |  #5

... plus angles add dynamics, closer link the two subjects and give the veiwing eye 'lead-in' or 'lead-out' cues.




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Mar 18, 2007 09:14 |  #6

Maybe is photo-magnetism, that is whenever a camera is pointed towards two people, their heads become magnetized and naturally attract. Once the shutter button is pressed, the magnetic field is dispelled and the two heads can naturally go about their business. ;):)


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Mar 18, 2007 09:34 as a reply to gjl711's post |  #7

Boy......it's been a really long Winter.


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Mar 18, 2007 09:40 |  #8

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Boy......it's been a really long Winter.

Yes it has and today is finally a beautiful spring day and I am stuck up in the attic of my house shoveling insulation and am trying to put it off as long as possible. ;)


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Mar 18, 2007 15:33 |  #9

2 heads are better than 1




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Mar 18, 2007 18:15 |  #10

Zaphod Beeblebrox would no doubt agree.




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Mar 18, 2007 18:17 |  #11

They think they must fit in the viewfinder!


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Mar 18, 2007 18:44 |  #12

I agree with Dave, I think it's to make sure they fit in the picture. With most of the group pictures I take, the people at the edges sometimes needlessly angle their whole body toward the center in an effort to be in the photo.


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