- Why do I look bad in pictures and good in real life?
- Why do I always look awful in photos?
- Is it possible to look better in person than in pictures?
- Why do I look bad in pictures but good in the mirror?
The most common cause of camera distortion is that the subject is too close to the lens. Most photographers say that the type of lens used also has a lot to do with it, and wide-angle lenses (like the ones in our camera phones) are big offenders.
The culprits for photos looking unflattering are typically harsh lighting and bad camera angle. Assuming you have a camera phone, practice taking selfies in a variety of lighting conditions and with the camera at face level and below and above face level.
If you think you look better in person than in photographs, you’re probably right. According to new research by psychologists at the Universities of California and Harvard, most of us succumb to the “frozen face effect” in still photos — and it’s not very flattering.
This is because the reflection you see every day in the mirror is the one you perceive to be original and hence a better-looking version of yourself. So, when you look at a photo of yourself, your face seems to be the wrong way as it is reversed than how you are used to seeing it.