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Which is more accurate to real life: Mirror or Camera?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by bmatthews, Oct 25, 2012.

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Which is more true to life?

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  1. bmatthews

    bmatthews Regular Member

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    Which one gives a more accurate representation of what others see when they look at you...?

    I'll go with mirror. What are you thoughts?

    It's strange, many people seem to always look different in photos than to how I see them, while if they where to take an picture of themselves in the mirror they seem to look more like themselves, I don't know, I would imagine its got something to do with the symmetry of faces, the mirroring of... well mirrors as compared to the fact that photographs are not mirrored (unless taken while looking in the mirror), maybe even the fact that the camera lens is concave and therefore creates a distorted picture at particular distances and angles.
     
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  2. mrcortez

    mrcortez Registered Member

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    I'd say mirror..
     
  3. illfounded21

    illfounded21 Senior Member

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    Interesting question.

    Surely they are the same though at the end of the day, they both show you.
     
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    ShadeDream Elite Member

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    I would hope it's the mirror because the camera makes me look "different"? lol
     
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    I think it depends on the Camera & Mirror..

    I have had a few cameras what don't do anybody justice.. These where cheap/poor quality digital camera from a few years back, i know they made people look worse because of how they looked in person.

    On the other hand some professional photography photos make people look better than they do in person.

    As far as mirrors go it's the same, there must be a science behind this because if you go into any popular retail fashion shop in the UK the changing room mirrors always make you look better when trying on clothes...

    This would obviously help convert sales & probably has more to do with the lighting, angle and other effetcs etc...

    Also, some mirrors make you look horrid... i think sometimes this may be down to how you regularly see your self, because you will get used to seeing your self in a certain way depending on your home/work mirrors.
     
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    Mirrors can be shaped to reduce or expand what is being reflected, and can slim or fatten the reflection as anyone who has ever been to a mirror fun house will attest. It makes sense that dressing room mirrors have a slimming effect, in the same way that makeup mirrors have a magnifying effect. Seems to be good business.

    The mirror is showing your what you want to see, or at best a distorted version of the original, the camera shows you what others see.

    The problem is that the mirror is able to still use light and shade to create depth of field around a non flat surface, and the camera "flattens" the image, the light and shade is captured and does not mold out the roundness of the side of the object.

    If you are close enough your mind will see the person as a mirror will, except it will be an inverted image in the mirror (with an unaltered mirror anyway), but at a distance, the camera and the eye will see the same thing.

    It took 35 years but I KNEW that photography course would pay off someday.
     
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    browsing_hosts Regular Member

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    This is the most dumb question I have seen on BHW and trust me I have seen a few.
     
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    drinkingoutofcups Newbie

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    probably a mirror, but is there really a difference
     
  9. ShadeDream

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    Everything else in your post somewhat makes sense but I can't really agree with the above statement... People do look different in pictures... just maybe not everyone.
     
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    The ugly vs attractive you is essentially a shot in the dark when you meet someone new, which is why symmetry lends itself to being more attractive because not only does it project good genetics, it also makes you look the same if someone either forms an image of you right-to-left or left-to-right how mirrors vs cameras do (this is not how mirrors or cameras work at all...but the image effect is what matters here).

    The image of you that you think is ugly might be all someone else can see, while the you you think is attractive is all another person can see. (Unless they really get to know you, then they start to like or dislike you more and will begin to see you in, literally, a new perspective.)
     
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