holiday family photos

Microsoft Research Group Shot can be very handy when attempting to create holiday family photos with everybody looking presentable. I’m sure it’s handy for other kinds of group shots, too. It’s obviously nice to get everyone looking natural and nice in a single photo the old fashioned way but having this in the bag can be very reassuring after every one of the first 20 shots have only a subset of everybody looking photogenic.

As far as I can tell the chances of everyone looking photogenic in a single exposure goes down as an exponent of the number of people in the photo. It seems like this should be linear but I’ve experimentally determined that it’s probably exponential.

I have no comment on how it might be useful to assemble a family photo in which everybody is looking the wrong way, picking a nose, or choking one another.