Why do some people look ugly in photos?

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    Hey Yall

    I have a big issues with cameras. Everytime I take a picture, my eyes look messed, my nose looks bent and so does my face! :lol: But when I look in the mirror I don't look like that.:confused: Why is this? And which 'face' to people see when the look at me? The one in photos or the one in the mirror?
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    It's not the cameras, it's the mirrors.
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    Look on the bright side. At least you show up in your photos. I dont. :lol::lol::lol:
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    Maybe you done just is uggry?

    No, but seriously, I know what you're saying, actually. My left ear sticks out more than my right one, but it gets super exaggerated in photos. It doesn't look that weird in the mirror. But, as invisible said...maybe it really is the mirrors. Haha.
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    Thanks for da reply guys. I have looked in 100s of different mirrors and look the same. Its only in cameras I look really weird, like Trenton Romulox said, certain features and exaggerated. Its baffalling to say the least.
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    Is that true for all five of you? :lol:

    Every shot I see of myself there is at least an extra five pounds........ just never in the right spots. :confused:
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    a couple of techniques can help. for a few moments before the picture, fill your cheeks full of air - really try to inflate them stretched like a trumpet player, then slowly exhale through your mouth. this relaxes the facial muscles and gets rid of jaw-tension.

    another technique is inhale...put your head down onto your chest, closing your eyes and slowly exhale. when you left your head up, it gets rid of 'the stare'.
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    There have actually been studies where people are choose between two pictures of themselves, one normal, and one a mirror image. The vast majority of participants choose the mirror image, because that's what they are used to seeing.
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    Thanks for the replies guys.fabric, I will give those a shot.

    Did they study why people look the way they do on camera and not on mirror? Is it something to do with the lens?
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    I think what people are trying to politely say is that you may look closer to the camera image than the mirror image :(
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    lol - Oh well. I think the reason I find it confusing is because I have been called a stud (good looking) several times throughout the years, but Ive always had extremely terrible pictures. But then again, the lightening is usually very poor too (could that be a factor?) Here is an extract from an article in wikipedia which I find very interesting:

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    Here is an updated version of the wiki article:

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    Could be lots of factors, including you being too critical of yourself. Or it could be that your personality (or the way you carry yourself) is such that it overcomes some physical flaws.

    You'd be surprised what people find horrible about themselves that other people like. Look at Will Smiths huge, flappy ears - yet chics love him. :)
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    Apparently Brad Pitt is physically hideous when you see him off camera...
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    probably because the camera is closer to you than your reflection is. The image looks different for the same reason that you look crappy if you put the camera really close and use a wide angle lens.

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