Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Digital Etiquette Lesson #1




When taking posed pictures of people who are older, fatter, or more compromised than they'd like to imagine:

Don't linger, regarding the picture taken, with that look of intense disappointment that we seem to always see.

Just smile, turn around, and take someone else's ugly mug.

Am I right or am I right?

10 comments:

stray g said...

I love your use of the word "compromised." People hate to have their picture taken. It is very difficult waiting for the camera to focus--those slow digital cameras. I always have to take several to get a good picture.

Namowal said...

You're right. Sad but true.

It's weird, but sometimes a photo doesn't seem to accurately represent the subject. Subtle (or obnoxious) personality traits and the "ambiance" of the person aren't always captured.

Linda said...

It sounds like you're going to make us guess who those 2 characters are.

Mean Jean said...

Oh would some power the giftie gie us to see ourselves as we look in real life with no photo shop. Sorry Robert Burns.

Sally said...

Of course that's me on the left. What I didn't say clearly is it's that moment when the photographer just stands there looking at the picture with such clear disappointment-- no comment-- just this long pause- that's what gets me.

Jesse said...

Every rule has exceptions though. If it's my picture that's taken, then uncontrolled snickering, blood loss to the face, vomiting, or loss of consciousness is sort of expected so.. You turn around with a chirpy smile and I'll be the one who is shocked! :D

Namowal said...

Yikes, I assumed you where the photographer, not the photographee. Be assured I've stared in many a bad photograph.

Linda said...

OK,now that you've spelled out a little more of the story behind this post, isn't it only right that we get to see the photo itself? The photo that that insensitive callous heartless ill-mannered photographer who we know and love took?

Sally said...

There's no demon photographer in mind, it's all entirely in that disappointed pause as the photographer looks down, like a doctor deciphering a chart of bad news.

sal said...

I'm sure it's only the photographer's skill that's disappointing--couldn't be the subject!