Why The Camera Doesn’t Always Make Us Look Good

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. 

Telephoto Lenses

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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Photography And Videography: Different Mediums With A Similar Approach 


As someone who loves taking photos, I wondered if videography would make use of the same skills that being a photographer did. It turns out that the two mediums cross over with one another quite nicely. Both have their creative aspects, yet having a background in production like I do, really helps in completing both kinds of projects. Being organized and planning your shoots is key. Spontaneous shots are always great, but there needs to be a method in place.    

As a photographer, the perfect shot happens when all of the elements needed for a great picture come together. In many respects, videography needs those same pieces to come together in order to have a great finished product. These include

  • Lighting
  • The position of the various on-screen (or in-frame) elements
  • A mood is set
  • The moment or message needs to be captured
  • A good edit

Tools Needed

Both photography and videography cross over in the tools that are needed. A good camera is needed for both. This type of equipment can be described as one with top quality resolution and definition. One of the most important things is to understand how the camera you’re working with functions.

What’s Needed For Both Photography And Videography

  • Lighting
  • Composition
  • Field

These are the main elements of a photo or video shoot. Whether you’re shooting an instructional video that’s more or less stationary or trying to capture an action shot, these are the things that are necessary for a successful photo or video shoot. Your ability to use the camera to capture your goal image is the power behind the goal.

Videography By Richard Hinds

I have crossed over into the videography world! You can check out Videography By Richard Hinds right here. See some links to samples of my work below. I look forward to putting my skills to the test for a variety of projects in the world of video.    

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