Posts Tagged ‘smile’

The Earliest Known Photos of People Smiling

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The following is a collection of some of the earliest known images of people smiling, starting with a pair of soldiers in the Mexican American War in 1847 and up to a group of soldiers near the end of the Civil War.

If early images of people smiling do not come as a surprise to you, there are a few things to note. Among other things, a portrait of a person with a grin of any kind is quite a rare find in the early decades of photography.
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This Vietnamese Photographer Has Strange Ways of Framing His Shots

22-year-old Vietnamese photographer Nguyen Dinh An is making headlines in his country. The attention isn’t for his photographs, but for the bizarre way in which he captures those photos. As the video above shows, Nguyen turns framing his pictures into something of a performance art.
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Tell Your Subjects to Say ‘Cheeks’ Instead of ‘Cheese’ for a More Genuine Smile

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The next time you’re taking a group snapshot, cut the “cheese” and tell everyone to say “cheeks” instead. This two letter change can help create more genuine smiles on the faces in your shot.
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Can You Spot a Fake Smile in a Photograph?

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“Smile” is a common command uttered before pressing the shutter and snapping a photo, but it’s not always a real smile that gets captured in the resulting portrait. How well can you distinguish a “real” smile from a “fake” one in a picture?

In the two portraits above, which one is a genuine smile, and which one is more forced?
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How to Capture an Authentic Smile: Quick Tips from Photographer Tamara Lackey

When it comes to portraits, one of the most important factors is capturing an authentic expression — a real smile. Unfortunately, a genuine smile can be hard to come by during a structured photo shoot. With gear around and pressure on the subject, a fake smile is much more likely, and not at all what you’re looking for. Read more…

Why Didn’t People Smile in Old Photos?

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Ever wonder why people in old paintings and photographs generally don’t have smiles on their faces? We explored this subject a little back in November 2012, and found that reasons may have included technical limitations, oral hygiene, and the seriousness of formal occasions.

Over at the Public Domain Review, Nicholas Jeeves has written up an in-depth piece on this subject that comes to some different conclusions.
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Giant Sidewalk Camera Spreads Joy

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Ever had trouble getting a quality smile from a client? Then you might want to think about building a giant replica of a Polaroid camera and plopping it on the sidewalk.
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Smile-Inducing Portraits of People Lost In Daydreams and Happy Thoughts

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Photographer Alexandra Sandu is on a mission with her photos: she wants to put a smile on people’s faces and make people who see her images feel good about their lives. Since September 2009, Sandu has been working on a portrait series titled Daydreamers.

For each of the portraits, the photographer asks her subject to close his or her eyes and think about something beautiful. The instruction is reminiscent of Peter Pan: “Just think happy thoughts.”
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Smiling Naturally in Photos, A Humorous How-To

Smiling naturally in photos is a challenge for many people. Even if you avoid the all-too-common “say cheese” mistake, that’s still no guarantee that you’ll come off looking good. So here’s a fully little video that offers some useful tips for those of us who (like Chandler) can’t seem to look even remotely natural when a camera is pointing our way.

The tips from start to finish include: say a word that ends in “uh” instead of “cheese,” laugh while the photo is being taken, lift the tip of your tongue up behind your front teeth, and relax your face (with the exception of your mouth and the corners of your eyes). Happy natural smiling!

(via Laughing Squid)

Say ‘Prunes’, Not ‘Cheese': The History of Smiling in Photographs

“Say cheese.” It’s an expression that has become so much a part of our culture that everyone understands it to simply mean, “Smile,” rather than a command to actually utter the word “cheese.” For many people, smiling and posing for casual snapshots go hand-in-hand, but why do people smile for pictures, and when did this practice begin? After all, if you browse portrait photos created in the early days of photography — or even half a century ago — you’ll find the subjects wearing stoic, humorless expressions on their faces.
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