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    HEy guys Ive been shooting through a few weddings (and the recent HARI RAYA) taking group shots and I notice a trend among the photo-taking habits of more senior subjects. I believe in engaging the subject in a group shot and it is nice to have eye contact but just that it seems that most senior people prefer to look away from the camera when taking the shot, even after being POLITELY reminded to do so a second time by me.

    Is there a reason for this that you can think of, like a superstitious belief for taking photos or that sort that i do not know of?

    Would like to hear from you guys

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    You will know yourself why we behave the way we do when you are as old as us.................

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    hmm..i always shouted: 'look here...ready 1, 2, 3!' and shot....usually not much problem though.

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    Maybe scare their soul kena stolen by your black device that flash like lighting in the sky....

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    I recall watching a documentary that in the old days like 50 - 100 years ago when people visit a studio for a photography session, the photographer would ask them to look to one side (at one point even place a bird cage at an angle and ask the subject to gaze at that cage) while the photo is being taken; hence not looking into the camera.

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    Maybe they looking in the direction of the lovebirds la..

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    it's just them (the seniors) who behave like that. nothing superstitious or anything that i know of. had my wedding 6yrs ago and i notice that too in some of my shots. some even put on sunglasses @ the bride's place during daytime,nothing wrong with that. but i've seen my own uncle(who is my representative cum best man) wearing sunglasses during the solemnisation @ my wife's place. and it was 8.30pm!no one paid any attention though.

    my dad just past 63 but always look into my D90 everytime i shoot.so does my late grandmother. i used to hear this that in the olden days,people, regardless of young or old, had this belief that they are open to witchcraft attacks when others got hold of your pic and harbour evil intentions against you. but to date, i found them baseless.

    that's what i know...
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    Happened to me too.

    I believe a DSLR intimidates them. My mum and in-laws still looks tense when I do group photos after all these years.

    But please understand, they are camera-shy, that's all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowspeeder View Post
    I recall watching a documentary that in the old days like 50 - 100 years ago when people visit a studio for a photography session, the photographer would ask them to look to one side (at one point even place a bird cage at an angle and ask the subject to gaze at that cage) while the photo is being taken; hence not looking into the camera.
    so they still looking at somebody's bird cage nowadays?

    .....hey dude, you fly is opened....



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    sometimes they feel that they have lost their teeth so they wouldnt want to smile too. some ppl just dont feel like looking at themselves in the photo.

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    Hi, To avoid flash and nothing to show off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    so they still looking at somebody's bird cage nowadays?

    .....hey dude, you fly is opened....



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    that's how its done in the late 19th & early 20th century...so perhaps it has influenced some of the older generation these days that they just automatically look side ways...
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    Default Re: People refusing to look at the camera....

    Quote Originally Posted by snowspeeder View Post
    that's how its done in the late 19th & early 20th century...so perhaps it has influenced some of the older generation these days that they just automatically look side ways...
    http://www.vam.ac.uk/vastatic/micros...&&page_number=
    lol, they are not that old lar,
    but I believe this is their way of saying "I don't like my face to be photographed", but too impolite for them to stand up and walk away.

    just leave them alone, since nobody will make noise about how the photos turn out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    lol, they are not that old lar,
    but I believe this is their way of saying "I don't like my face to be photographed", but too impolite for them to stand up and walk away.

    just leave them alone, since nobody will make noise about how the photos turn out.
    True, i never bothered to ask them to look at the cam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowspeeder View Post
    True, i never bothered to ask them to look at the cam.
    sorry, my second paragraph is not refer to you, but to TS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    sorry, my second paragraph is not refer to you, but to TS.
    Hey yeah ive learnt to leave them alone, but i was just wondering why is that so.

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    Not with my grandparents..they want to take photo of themselves, at least once a year. They believe by doing so, it promotes longevity. Wellboth I have seen is close to a centurian, what can I say , superstitious. There was an talk article in the media too about her age. But I believe it's eating habit lah...small amount but spread out throughout the day.The other one ,maybe genetics ?

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    I take picture often at social functions. The seniors were very sporting and they look straight into my camera

    Ha ha!

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    Its nothing new.......... mental psychological reaction called "last minute adjust" or "KL twitch" Syndrome

    USE this old trusted group-photo trick

    Tell them you will SNAP the shutter at the count of "3"

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    "2 !!!" SNAP !!

    they almost always turn away or adjust something when you are saying "3"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sispecho View Post
    HEy guys Ive been shooting through a few weddings (and the recent HARI RAYA) taking group shots and I notice a trend among the photo-taking habits of more senior subjects. I believe in engaging the subject in a group shot and it is nice to have eye contact but just that it seems that most senior people prefer to look away from the camera when taking the shot, even after being POLITELY reminded to do so a second time by me.

    Is there a reason for this that you can think of, like a superstitious belief for taking photos or that sort that i do not know of?

    Would like to hear from you guys
    is it they have one Singapore n one Penang...eyes!...lol..dou ji yen!

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