Mirror Image vs. Selfie

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

No! I totally feel that way too! My nose always looks huge in selfies and the unevenness of my eyebrows is much more pronounced. I dont even bother with selfies anymore!

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Yep. I think I look okay in a mirror and them am terrified when I see photos of myself. Sigh.

Post # 4
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441 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I think it’s because when we turn the camera to face us, it’s really close and everything looks bigger/more pronounced than normal. I have the same problem lol.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

Because of how close the camera is held when one takes a “selfie” the image will appear distorted. Anything too close to the edge of the frame is going to bend. Noses usually look bigger in selfies than in real life for this reason, b/c the camera is too close to face. Angle and lighting are everything in photography. As an artist who took photography classes in college (in the good ole dark room!), I think selfie culture is super unattractive. Try having someone else take your picture and you will probably be much better pleased with the image! 🙂

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I feel that way too

 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

You are not hideous! Don’t say such things! When you take the shot, try holding the camera up and angle it down at you. Make sure that the light source is hitting your face and not behind you. This will help. If you take the selfie head-on without angling the camera up and down at you, you might get the “big nose”, if you have the camera too low and angle it up, you could get the “double chin”. I put these words in quotes b/c I am not implying you have either, but the wrong angle of the camera could imply you have these features that may not be present in reality. Good luck!

Another option is to set the timer on a digital camera after you have established a nice angle through test shots and then take it that way! This way you don’t get any “arm” in the shot. Many a nice self portrait have been taken this way 🙂

Post # 9
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Helper bee

It’s because we’ve spent our whole lives getting used to our appearance *in a mirror*. When we see how we actually look, it feels foreign.

It’s the same essential reason why our voice sounds okay in our own heads (we’re used to that), but a recording sounds horrific to us. 

It’s essentially all about familiarity. There are fun experiments people do with “true mirrors” that show you a non-reversed image of yourself. It’s downright freaky.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

howtobeawife:  Its a relief to read this thread because I swear my nose spreads straight across my face in a selfie but when I use the reverse camera or someone else is taking the pic, I think I look good.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

howtobeawife:  I just think in gerneral my mirror image looks better than my real life face lol. I usually look at pictures of myself and think “I thought I looked cute but in this pictures not so much” 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Not just selfies, but any photographs. I am horribly unphotogenic. I think I am reasonably attractive, but something about the way I smile or something makes me look atrocious in photos. I also always look way bigger than I actually am. Posed photos are the worst, but even in candid shots I’m usually doing something weird with my arm so it looks like I weight 500 pounds. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Smithfield Center

I have the opposite problem. xD

 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

howtobeawife:  You know what’s interesting. We’ve only ever seen ourselves through our own perception. In a mirror, or a picture. Most people say you look “real” in a picture but it’s still what YOUR brain is seeing and perceiving as yourself.

I’ve wondered what I ACTUALLY  look like through others’ perception. Interesting.

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