Well, for some reason, I always look fatter or my face looks different or straight out weird in pictures, but in the mirror or in person, I look a lot better. I know I'm not the only one who sees this difference, because I've been told a lot of times by people who met me after having first seen my pictures that I'm way prettier in person and that my pictures don't do me any justice. Even when my close friends take my picture, they always say that I never photograph well and they don't get how I look the way I do in person and yet take such bad pictures. They say even in the pictures that I take myself (which look much better than when other people take them), I still look slightly different in them (example: my nose looks a little wider than it does in person, or I'm slightly washed out looking...). I've also been told by people that I look the same way to them as I do in the mirror, and I noticed the same thing with a lot of people as well, so I don't really get the whole "the mirror is a reversed image of yourself" thing "and it's different from how people see you". So what gives? O.o
Yes, I have the exact same problem. Everytime I take a picture I'm shocked because it just doesn't look quite as good as when I look into the mirror. Other people have told me this as well. This hurts my image greatly because all my Facebook pics look crappy, plus my online dating ones. But in real life, I swear I'm not bragging, I look SO much better. The camera ALWAYS seems to bloat my face and features even though I have a thin athletic body.
I think we need super expensive cameras and not these cheap cell phone ones.
Photographs cannot pick up all the subtle nuances that the human eye can, nor can they capture the most important function of "looks" - motion. People in motion look vastly different to the eye than people in still frames.
As for the mirror being a "reversed image of yourself" - look in a mirror. Wink your left eye. Your reflection winks its right eye. That's what people mean when they say its a "reversed image". If it was not a "reversed image", you'd be staring at your own back when you looked into a mirror, which would be weird.
mirror is like it's more of your point of view, while a camera image is more of normal view of you, but sometimes camera image could be less accurate due to bad lighting, bad angle, bad expression etc
you look different cause your used to seing your reverse in the mirrior etc so you like it better since you see it the most. trying taking a picture of yourself that you don't like it that much and mirior/ flip it in a photo editing program chances are is you will think it looks better cause your more used to seing your reverse
most people have bad opinions about how they look in photos its normal. it seems like maybe you're one of the types who really do come out not nearly as good in pics as they do in person (I know a few).
if you just complain outloud about how you look bad then maybe they were just trying to make you feel better. if people have said this to you without you even saying anything to them then its probably true! so you can figure it out.
personally I too think I look better in person and have been told the same
The camera actually does "add ten pounds". Promise. Or you aren't photogenic, or maybe you just need a particular lighting. My sister has the opposite problem. She's worked for years making sure every one of her Facebook profile pictures is beautiful and she edits them to the point where the girl in the picture is beautiful but very rarely resembles the real thing.
So be glad you're prettier in person. At least you surprise people pleasantly...rather than my sister. When they meet her in person, they're like... O.o Dear god. Who the hell are you?
I don't know but I'm the same way as you. I come out looking horrible in pictures 90% of the time. I guess the camera just doesn't like certain people. Maybe it has to do with certain facial contours or the way skin textures reflect light differently. Who knows...
im the same way! well I can get a good picture that looks like me if I take it myself but if someone takes a pic of me at a party I look totally different and really ugly haha. I'm not photogenic so it takes a lot of tries to get a decent picture where I look normal. I hope the mirror is not lying to me or that would be weird not knowing what you really look like haha
because when you take pictures you go through so much to make it look perfect. but in person you take your time. to show your self to the world. so you don't care as much. if you want to see it for real. don't get ready for pictures right then and there. you will see the same image.
Same here. People tell me I'm pretty in real life, how thin I am (they say I look 55 kg when I really am over 170 cm in height with around 60-63 kg in weight...) and that I attract them and pull them in. Then when I take my passport photos (where there's flash) or rear camera on my phone or digital camera on flash, I look bloated, 10 pounds heavier, like my eyelids are swollen or something or brings out my jaw making me look masculine. The thing is, on front view cameras I look like how I see myself in reflections in the mirror, phone screen, off of tables et cetera. Then rear view camera shots, professional cameras, pictures other people take of me... I want to cry at how fat and different I look then I conclude I must have such a really square jaw and fat face and that is how I look to others--even wearing makeup. I have pretty eyes as well and on camera it ruins them...
I think some people are photogenic but uglier in real life, some are better looking in real life and uglier on camera. (I am the latter, depending on which lens used.) I always am told I should be a model but uhm, I'd look horrible on film. Maybe my dreams of being an actress or model should go down the roof right? :P LOL. I have heard camera lens around 50-70 mm are the best for portraits and most "natural". Cellphones and digital cameras, and FLASH DEFINITELY don't bring out your natural beauty. They make you look fatter and well, ugly! Unless you're like those weird looking models who just somehow look better on camera because they're anorexic, and cameras add pounds. (So now I understand why celebs and models easily get eating disorders...)
Some people don't know how to pose in pictures and don't know their flattering positions. But you don't really have a bad problem, because its much better to be prettier in person than a picture, because people who meet you will be pleasantly surprised.
If I was going to meet someone online I'd hope to see an ugly picture of a guy and find out he's hot in person, verses seeing a hot guy in a picture and meeting some custy dude.
I have exactly the same issue. I use iphone4 which takes clear pictures, but not exactly How I look like in person! Even in video calls I look so much different. In person I get tons of compliments from friends and suitors "What a beautiful lady you are", "Are you an actress or a model?", "You have a perfect Pretty face", etc. It is so annoying to see my other Facebook friends that does not See me yet in person, commenting: "Your chin looks too long", "You look average", "Your lips are so big!" and worst "Which of these pictures are you?" because I look different in every shots but yet far far far from how I look in person! Until I tried to use the camera FLASH then finally the camera got it right like it really scanned exactly how I look in person. Great news! I get to have the same compliments I get in person ^_^