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I had some passport photos taken today in a photo booth. I thought I'd made myself look 'nice' in the mirror before I had the photos done. The photos made me look a lot worse than I thought I'd looked when I saw myself in the mirror. What I saw in the mirror wasn't what I saw in the photos.

Is the mirror or camera more accurate? Do people see me like the mirror or camera?
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Mirror.

Cameras don't have unlimited resolution.
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When you look in a mirror, you see a mirror image of yourself. What everyone else sees when they look at you in person, is the opposite, i.e. right and left flipped.

Therefore on that basis, a picture taken by a camera is a more accurate representation of what people see when they look at you.

This is also why if you look at the reflection of a friend etc. in a mirror, they look weird to you but normal to themselves.
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Camera. Your eyes cannot see what a high resolution camera can.

People see you in the same perspective as a camera does.
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(Original post by whyumadtho)
Camera. Your eyes cannot see what a high resolution camera can.
So surely no-one else's eyes can?
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Camera.

Your brain actually messes you up when you look in the mirror, screws with your perception and stuff. A picture is a truer representation of what you look like.
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In a way camera, but then again in the mirror your eyes see the true resolution and depth field of your face.
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Camera because as people saying looking at a mirror image ISN'T actually you. Your mirror image may be more attractive than you or vice versa.

Try double-mirroring
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(Original post by manchesterunited15)
So surely no-one else's eyes can?
Not without zooming in. Eyes have other advantages, such as being able to handle different exposures better and being able to see in the dark more effectively.
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(Original post by whyumadtho)
Camera. Your eyes cannot see what a high resolution camera can.
Actually the human eye has a much much much higher resolution than an HD camera - I think you'll find.
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Actually the human eye has a much much much higher resolution than an HD camera - I think you'll find.
+1 .

I'd say Mirror
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But why is it then you look good in some mirrors and cameras but terrible in others?
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(Original post by undiscovered_)
But why is it then you look good in some mirrors and cameras but terrible in others?
Lighting etc
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It depends on lighting, angles etc.
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Video camera, surely? As it catches your face in motion and it's not flipped like the reflection in a mirror.


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(Original post by Tycho)
Actually the human eye has a much much much higher resolution than an HD camera - I think you'll find.
It depends on how high the resolution is.
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(Original post by Thin Dump)
Lighting etc
So how do we know what we truly look like..if we're the terrible reflection or the nice one.. :confused:
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(Original post by Megaross)
Mirror.

Cameras don't have unlimited resolution.
Nor does the eye.
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(Original post by undiscovered_)
So how do we know what we truly look like..if we're the terrible reflection or the nice one.. :confused:
pictures from cameras, not mirrors, you dont look like your mirror reflection do you? thats an inverted image
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What if you take a picture infront of a mirror with a camera?
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