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Old Aug 23, 2003, 11:24 AM   #1
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Default Why do people look that much different on pictures??

Hi.
with people, I mean myself.
When I take a look in the mirror, I look different as on photos, I'm trying to take of myself.
Photos show too many details somehow.
I'm sure that doesn't have anything to do with the subjectivity, I'm watching myself in the mirror, but somehow with the cam.

Can you tell me how to take good self-pics?
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Old Aug 23, 2003, 11:37 AM   #2
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And you see yourself mirrored in the mirror and "normal" on a picture... Try mirroring your pictures, you may think you look better that way because you're used to seeing the mirrored version.
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Old Aug 23, 2003, 11:42 AM   #3
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well, I don't think it's that easy

It's just the amount of detail a picture shows... it's shocking sometimes
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Old Aug 23, 2003, 12:21 PM   #4
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Did you eat your oatmeal first?
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Old Aug 23, 2003, 12:25 PM   #5
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Hey, I said shocking, not "disgusting" or "nasty"
But be serious: Do you like yourself on pictures?
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Old Aug 23, 2003, 12:32 PM   #6
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You ever heard the phrase, "love is blind?" Well the camera isn't! The camera doesn't selectively ignore details like enlarged pores, wrinkles, etc. Years ago in TV production they always said that the camera puts on 10 pounds.

In a photo editing program you can soften details, remove blemishes, etc.

Here's a site which shows how much editing can be done, and why women shouldn't trust fashion magazines:

http://homepage.mac.com/gapodaca/dig...ini/index.html

(Yes, it is a model in a bikini, but it opens up on the face only so you can ignore the rest if you wish. It's worth the view, even if you just look at the picture of the face. Note that this site probably requires Java, and you have to wait a few seconds for the second picture underneath the first to load.)
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Old Aug 23, 2003, 12:36 PM   #7
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thanks for the link, Mike.
That's what I actually asked for
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So, what's your thoughts on it?
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Old Aug 23, 2003, 12:42 PM   #9
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well, I knew you can modify certain things on pictures and remove things.
But I didn't think that it could be that extreme.
If I hadn't seen the original photos, I'd have regarded the edited ones as the originals.. they don't look too unnatural.

Amazing.. I'll bookmark this link.
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I am sorry....but after some bad experiences in photographing older people ( and I'm 72 ) and getting yelled at for showing wrinkles, I gave up on it.

You should also be aware that a good likeness and a good picture are not always easy to do. As an artist I used to do drawings at fairs and unless you could make 'em funny there could be some uwanted flax? The photographer has a similar problem in that the photo must have both a likeness and show the personality of the subject.
I find that I have better success at this with a 10x zoom lens that can composed the figure for a candid shot. The Olympus C-2100 excells at this and also has good low light ability, but I am also sure other cameras would be good as well. I also will weed out the reall poor shots later at home. This is as far as I want to go with photographic portraits. I let the real pros do their job in a studio.
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