This is why I want a cheek reduction, lip reduction & nose job -_-
I want a defined face that takes good pictures! Hell, it makes me want to get a credit card and just get it done
I know I look better in photos when I cake on makeup and contour...any more tips and tricks?
When I wear liquid foundation and go a bit heavy on the blush and only line my top lid with gel liner and apply mascara, I photograph pretty well
I'm not asking whether you think I'm ugly or not. I know I'm not ugly, but I don't photograph well. I also don't care for your less than average posts of girls. Either answer the question or move on and quit acting like mongoloids
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The technical answer to why round faces don't photograph well is simple: usually the person taking the photos doesn't know how to work with the persons features, or because the equipment doesn't do a good enough job (I'm looking at you, camera phones). Not to mention that certain types of lenses on different cameras have different distortion effects at the right focal lengths, or zoom lengths. Wide angle lenses tend to have something called "Barrel Distortion" which makes straight lines at the edges of the photos bow out towards the edges of the photos, where as "Pincushion Distortion" found on long range lenses does just the opposite. Barrel Distortion is common in camera phones because the lenses are designed to capture a wider area or have a shorter focal length.
If you want to get technical, there is a way to reduce the "roundness" of the face in a photograph, and it is all done with lighting and a decent camera; this technique is called short lighting. Short lighting is when the subjects face is turned at a slight angle from the camera (called a 3/4 angle) and the light (whether it be natural or artificial, such as in being outside or in a studio) is aimed at the side of the face that is not facing the camera. This is not the easiest thing to do right, because if the contrast between the two sides of the face is too great, the camera won't be able to handle it which may result in the shadows being clipped or the highlights being blown out.
Granted it won't completely change the shape of the round face in the picture, but it will help reduce the overall round quality that the face has. As you said, makeup also works wonders, (as does Photoshop) but it's better to get it right earlier rather than tweak it later.
Hope this helped!