This photo of Bidens and Carters shows what can go wrong with a wide-angle lens

May 6, 2021

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This photo of Bidens and Carters shows what can go wrong with a wide-angle lens

May 6, 2021

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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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.

The Bidens visited the Carters in their home, and The Carter Center published the photo from the visit on 4 May. Take a look:

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.

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.

 

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.

 

[via PetaPixel]

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10 responses to “This photo of Bidens and Carters shows what can go wrong with a wide-angle lens”

  1. Sergi Yavorski Avatar
    Sergi Yavorski

    I bet it was 16mm at the closet distance possible. I can’t believe they let an unprofessional photog do it.?

  2. Stan A. Malek Avatar
    Stan A. Malek

    Could have been worse. The shooter could have used a fisheye. ? ?

  3. Stan A. Malek Avatar
    Stan A. Malek

    Clearly it was a challenging situation. A 20mm or 24mm might have sufficed and had less distortion. In any case Lightroom “Lens Correction” could have fixed this to some degree. The shot as is is not publishable.

  4. Fran Ruchalski Avatar
    Fran Ruchalski

    Curious is anyone has tried to replicate this photo.

  5. Richard Di Cesidio Avatar
    Richard Di Cesidio

    fired.

  6. Camera operator Hong Kong Avatar
    Camera operator Hong Kong

    I would have done a set of of 3 pictures (Left/center/right) and stich them in PS later…

  7. Brian Avatar
    Brian

    i have been in the industry using photoshop for 20 years and i have never seen crap like this. If you look at his bottom leg sticking out there’s no shadow and looks put in. You can’t tell me they put this out now expecting this. Why are we always “explaining” things away when it comes to this dude.

  8. Kevin Lane Avatar
    Kevin Lane

    Just another photographic anomaly around the Bidens. There are lots of them.

  9. john Avatar
    john

    ha ha, I know better jokes…
    Ooooo….maybe not 8–l

  10. Mike Shwarts Avatar
    Mike Shwarts

    That could be a small room and the photographer may have literally been up against the wall. Stitching some shots taken with a longer lens might have worked, but the subjects would need to hold still. If the light was from a flash on the camera bounced off a wall/ceiling, then the light would change with each shot.

    This is one instance where photo editing to correct distortion would be acceptable for a photojournalistic shot.