For the past six years, I've been asked to take the group photo for the Class of 1954 (average ages of the people in the photo are 77-80 years old). Every year, the photo comes out mediocre because many people aren't looking at the camera or touching their faces or looking in the wrong direction, not smiling, talking to each other etc. I'm on a ladder in front of them and I've pretty much run out of ideas about how to get them to all look at the camera and pay attention for the 15 seconds or so I need to get off some exposures. I've tried being friendly, I've tried yelling at them, I've tried being really mean, but every year, it's been a picture in which half the people seem really indifferent. Which is strange because over the 6 years, many of them have died. So you would think they might care? Anyway, does anyone have any tricks or tips on what to do with getting a large group synchronized? Maybe 35-40 people this year since it is the 60th anniversary. I have an assistant (aka, spouse) but if she starts speaking they look at her instead of the camera. Any suggestion would be appreciated. I've pretty much run out of ideas.