Have you ever had a photo taken of yourself, and thought, “Wow, do I look awful!” While photos aren’t meant to solely be a dig at our self-esteem, there’s a reason that the mirror and photos make us appear completely different.
The Camera Adds Ten Pounds!
This is sort of true. While eating a diet full of fast food is inevitably going to make you appear a bit larger than a camera will, the camera does add a few pounds to your appearance in certain circumstances. It all depends upon the type of lens being used.
Wide Angle Lenses
Wide angle lenses provide a shot that’s wider than your own eyes can even see. When this type of lens is used, it can actually bloat objects in the middle of the frame and stretch other objects that are on the outskirts of the frame.
These lenses are more flattering on their subjects. Most photographers won’t use a wide angle lens for a project that is strictly for portrait photography. Telephoto lenses actually slightly compress the width of the “widest” parts of its subject. When you think of this kind of lens, think of the paparazzi. They will make you look flattering!
Other Sources Of Distortion
There are a few other ways that subjects in photos can become distorted. Lighting is one of the main causes of this difference in appearance. The flash, for example, illuminates a subject quite harshly. This is why lighting is one of the most important aspects of both photo shoots and television and movie shoots. Lighting should accentuate soft shadows of the face. A bright light shining directly on the subject is too prominent turns a face into something that should be in a horror movie- a shadowless figure.
Mirrors Lie Too
Mirrors literally flip your own image around. The image you are used to seeing of yourself is actually the exact opposite of how you appear to others in the outside world. Trippy, right? Mirrors ultimately show a much different perspective than that of a photographer.
The right photographer can capture your true beauty with the right tools and setting. Just remember, beauty takes time!
This squirrel sure had a fun time posing for the camera. He didn’t even ask if he looked okay!
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