Attractive in mirror, ugly on camera? Why is this? What's the difference?

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    Sep 22, 2011 11:09 PM GMT
    I always check myself out in the mirror, and I usually always find myself attractive, but soon as a picture is taken I feel so ugly! Why? Am I the only one with this problem?
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    Sep 22, 2011 11:11 PM GMT
    camera-gus-tav-achafer-haha-lol-meme-mir

    A RJ'er posted this on another thread and it made me LMAO and now it seems relevant.
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    Sep 22, 2011 11:12 PM GMT
    Kristoff saidI always check myself out in the mirror, and I usually always find myself attractive, but soon as a picture is taken I feel so ugly! Why? Am I the only one with this problem?


    I have the exact same problem!!!! Like I look good in the mirror but then I take the picture and Shrek is looking back at me in the picture. I think some people just look better in person.
  • waccamatt

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    Sep 22, 2011 11:16 PM GMT
    Some people photograph well and some don't. If you don't then you might want to have some photos taken by a professional photographer.
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    Sep 22, 2011 11:16 PM GMT
    Well a camera is taking a flat picture of you. It loses some of the dimension of the picture. Maybe it also has to do with us having 2 eyes and the camera only having one.

    Anyhow, it's not just you.
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    Sep 22, 2011 11:20 PM GMT
    Now my serious reply: I think that everyone can look good with the right lighting, I mean I don't think I look this hot under fluorescent lighting icon_cool.gificon_lol.gif, and you also must practice a lot in front of the mirror in order to have a picture ready face at all times.
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    Sep 22, 2011 11:32 PM GMT
    SkinnyBitch saidWell a camera is taking a flat picture of you. It loses some of the dimension of the picture. Maybe it also has to do with us having 2 eyes and the camera only having one.

    Anyhow, it's not just you.


    THIS!

    Also Depends on the lens used, perspective is very differrent from human eye vision - a wideangle brings out a lot of depth, sometimes too much, a telephoto flattens everything.
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    Sep 22, 2011 11:50 PM GMT
    OMG!!!!! YOU JUST DESCRIBED MY LIFE KRISTOFF icon_cry.gif
  • barriehomeboy

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    Sep 23, 2011 12:05 AM GMT
    I look like a troll in my pictures but I'm being followed around by teenage girls. yuk. Anyway, it's not you. It's the camera's lack of a brain that is a problem. It can't turn your three dimensional cuteness into a two dimension likeness of you, or me.
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    Sep 23, 2011 12:07 AM GMT
    LOL!! .. i thought its only me think like that :C
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    Sep 23, 2011 12:12 AM GMT
    Adding to what others have said, don't forget about lens distortion from the camera, the fact that a mirror projects a mirror image (and a photo is not mirror imaged), and it's hard to get the camera to capture the same shot from the same angle and lighting. Individually, they may be small things, but they add up.

    But seriously, mirror shots are so cliché anyway. Just be yourself!
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    Sep 23, 2011 12:15 AM GMT
    waccamatt saidSome people photograph well and some don't. If you don't then you might want to have some photos taken by a professional photographer.
    I hate it when people say that. In fact, I got to the point that now when people say "make me look hot" I simply say "dude I'm a photographer - not a magician."
  • barriehomeboy

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    Sep 23, 2011 12:17 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    waccamatt saidSome people photograph well and some don't. If you don't then you might want to have some photos taken by a professional photographer.
    I hate it when people say that. In fact, I got to the point that now when people say "make me look hot" I simply say "dude I'm a photographer - not a magician."
  • barriehomeboy

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    Sep 23, 2011 12:18 AM GMT
    Then you're the best one to answer all of our questions about why we look bad.
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    Sep 23, 2011 12:18 AM GMT
    Sorry, I am not good at the quoting and commenting thing, so far.
  • wild_sky360

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    Sep 23, 2011 12:19 AM GMT
    Did a mutual photo shoot on the beach yesterday, with my guy. Most of his are keepers, but I deleted every one of mine. Am I a better photographer?

    Timely post. I was wondering if there is a parallel universe or if I have a mental illness. I look good (enough) in the mirror,get plenty of attention / flirts, but my pics are awful.
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    Sep 23, 2011 12:25 AM GMT
    Same problem. I go through many, many pics until I find one I really like. I hate looking at bad pics of me.

    There I am, feeling all hot and sexy and then in pics I look like shrek/quasimodo/Austin Powers' love-child
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    Sep 23, 2011 12:28 AM GMT
    You've also never gotten a "real" look at yourself in person. What you're looking at in the mirror is just that, a mirror image of yourself with left and right transposed. Pictures show a true or real image of what you look like to other people. You're just used to seeing yourself one way that a picture will never really reflect.
  • bolero_of_fir...

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    Sep 23, 2011 12:37 AM GMT
    Nah, it turns out that everyone is actually ugly.

    Everyone
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    Sep 23, 2011 12:38 AM GMT
    I feel like I have the Eleanor Roosevelt syndrome: we both photograph terribly! What a great topic!!!!
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    Sep 23, 2011 12:39 AM GMT
    bolero_of_fire saidNah, it turns out that everyone is actually ugly.

    Everyone


    ...'cept those MOTD guys...lol
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    Sep 23, 2011 12:52 AM GMT
    story of my life man, just got to roll with it....and take a lot of pictures. It widens the possibility that one of them will be decent.
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    Sep 23, 2011 1:01 AM GMT
    *sigh*, pictures don't do me any justice,....more(better) pics to come..
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    Sep 23, 2011 1:01 AM GMT
    Trollileo said
    yankinbc said
    bolero_of_fire saidNah, it turns out that everyone is actually ugly.

    Everyone


    ...'cept those MOTD guys...lol
    They're the ugliest. icon_biggrin.gif

    Yep, why do you think we vote for them? It's to prop up their self esteem. Men of the day are essentially the special ed kids of RJ.
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    Sep 23, 2011 1:17 AM GMT
    Kristoff saidI always check myself out in the mirror, and I usually always find myself attractive, but soon as a picture is taken I feel so ugly! Why? Am I the only one with this problem?

    I experience the same thing. I think photos reveal to us how we really look.

    In a mirror, we somehow overlay an ideal image we have of ourselves, possibly how we looked a long time ago, in our prime. It may be similar to how anorexics look at their mirror image, and say "I'm fat" when the reality is that they're mere skin & bones.

    Our mind can play tricks with us in a mirror. But for some reason it's harder for a photo to deceive us.

    I have no idea why this is, but for some reason the guy I see looking back at me from a mirror it totally different (and much more flattering) than the guy I see in photos. Maybe somebody can explain that, but all I know is that it's true.