Sometimes you absolutely must use a wide-angle lens to get the entire scene in the shot. But there’s a downside to it that can turn out quite hilarious. This is exactly what happened in this photo. The US president Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden met with former president Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter last week. Thanks to a wide-angle lens, the Carters look like giants in a tiny house and the longer you look, the funnier it gets.
Thank you President and Mrs. Biden! pic.twitter.com/QcA33iUev4
— The Carter Center (@CarterCenter) May 4, 2021
As you can probably assume, the photo caused a flood of comments. Other than political and coronavirus-related ones, there were also many comments on the weird proportions in the image.
Why do The Carter’s look like miniatures?! They are amazing wonderful people 👍🏼The proportions here are off somehow. Who else agrees?!
— Penny Lane (@pennyLane4earth) May 4, 2021
Hello, Carter Center, Why do Flotus and Potus look gigantic next to the Carters, it is a nice photo, but it looks very bizarre, how did that happen?
— Dr Granny’s Inner Child! 🦋🇺🇸🤗United🥰🇺🇸🦋 (@DoctorRobin) May 4, 2021
To some, the Carters may seem like miniatures. To others, the Bidens appear like giants in a doll house. Either way, it’s hilarious, and it made me remember this photo of Trump, also taken with a wide-angle lens. And as usual, some folks got creative with the photo and made it even funnier.
There. I fixed it. pic.twitter.com/dmjLiX3oXk
— 🌊 Deonardo La Vinci 🌊 (@DeonardoLeVinci) May 4, 2021
Six of my favorite people sharing a lovely visit. pic.twitter.com/kT4aE0MLdK
— My Name (@devon_haha_not) May 4, 2021
— Mike Hancock (@GCWebDesigner) May 5, 2021
Why Joe look like a ventriloquist? pic.twitter.com/pUwSaoS4HO
— Bob Lawblau (@thetylerpaige) May 4, 2021
As photographers among you know, this happened due to lens distortion. As Johanna wrote in her reply, this is a perfect example of why we should avoid shooting portraits with a super wide-angle lens. “Anything on the edges will appear huge due to lens distortion,” she adds, concluding that it “must have been a very small room and no other option.” Another Twitter user, Dr. Linda, “fixed” the image to show what it would be like with no lens distortion. Now it makes more sense.
This shows you how distorted this picture is from the lens and the flash. This was a quick and dirty fix in Photoshop, but it’s closer to actual sizes, look at the white area on the edges, you can see how it was distorted. pic.twitter.com/BGfxC84O1R
— Dr. Linda #CharacterWins #NationalPopularVote laws (@gossamerLL) May 4, 2021