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Old 17th of March 2007 (Sat)   #1
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Default Why do people put their heads together?

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Is there a historical reference of widish angle lenses being rare long ago?
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Old 17th of March 2007 (Sat)   #2
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Default Re: Why do people put their heads together?

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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Old 18th of March 2007 (Sun)   #3
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Because they see everyone else do it?
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Default Re: Why do people put their heads together?

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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... plus angles add dynamics, closer link the two subjects and give the veiwing eye 'lead-in' or 'lead-out' cues.
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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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Default Re: Why do people put their heads together?

Boy......it's been a really long Winter.
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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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2 heads are better than 1
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Zaphod Beeblebrox would no doubt agree.
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They think they must fit in the viewfinder!
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Default Re: Why do people put their heads together?

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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