Are you wondering whether your true self is displayed better in the mirror or camera? Have you ever wondered if the image we see in the mirror or pictures is what other people see?
If that is true, that is because we are all concerned with our appearances.
We look at our images to notice even the tiniest details. Hence, we have to ensure that we look presentable not just for ourselves but to the people around us.
What Do We See In A Mirror?
The mirror shows you a reflection of yourself. It shows an image of yourself which is revealed by the light rays that reflect from the mirror. Through a mirror, we view a reflection that is often reversed in nature.
The mirror switches the left hand to the right one when one stands in front of it. That is why you can’t read a book properly by using a mirror. All the texts are reversed, thereby making it difficult to study.
To view your true image, you will need a second mirror that can undo the first mirror’s effect. The second mirror switches the effect to the appropriate position and enables you to see your true image.
Is The Reflection On The Mirror What Other People See?
No. Your appearance in the mirror is not what people see. What you see is only a reflection and that may not encapsulate your true image to others. If you want others to see your true appearance, you may need a camera to capture the shots.
How Can I See Myself As Others See Me?
If you intend to know how you truly look to others, you may need two mirrors. The first mirror reveals a reversed reflection while the second switch the direction to the original position. If you don’t intend to use these two instruments, you can make use of a True Mirror.
A true mirror uses two mirrors that are placed at a right angle in an opposite direction. It was first patented in 1887 and is different from the standard mirror.
With the true mirror, you can take a look at your non-reversed image. However, this mirror is mostly seen in museums or historical sites where it is a masterpiece.
Is The Mirror Or Camera More Accurate?
Well, this applies to different situations. The mirrors reveal a more accurate version of yourself as you tend to see it every day. Here, you can easily pick out the tiniest detail on your face and have an idea of what you look like.
However, when you interact with other people (family, friends, colleagues), a picture could be the more accurate version. Since they don’t get to see the mirrored version of themselves, a picture will suffice instead.
Why Do I Look Worse On Camera?
Cameras are used to take shots and produce the image. However, there are times when you feel that you don’t look good enough in a picture. In your mind, you could feel like you are less attractive. You believe you can look much better.
Sometimes, distortions occur and make your photos look bad. These distortions influence the outcome of your photo. Some of these factors include lighting, camera angle, camera lens, camera flash, composition, and more.
Lighting is an important element when taking photos. It makes or breaks the pictures. Perhaps, the reason is that the camera captures some elements (shadows and tones) objectively when taking the photo. Hence, it is important to note your environment’s lighting when taking pictures.
The lighting just shouldn’t be too dim or too bright. It must be moderate to create a warm hue on the image. To take a great shot, you can consider the sun’s rays (whether sunrise, sunset, or a warm glow) to create an aesthetic effect on your image.
If you are staying indoors, you may have to consider moving near a window. Here, you can place your camera behind the light source and stand next to the window to avoid a harsh shadow and create a nice shot.
2. Camera Angle
The angle of your camera is another important consideration for your shots. Any awkward movement that goes unnoticed in the mirror doesn’t escape your camera. Hence, you have to be careful of the position you take.
Also, you need to place your camera in a position that takes incredible shots. By tilting the camera to the correct angle, you can create an amazing photo.
If this isn’t done, you may see some distortions that can affect the beauty of the photo. Some of the common camera angles include eye-level shot, knee-level shot, hip-level shot, ground-level shot, and more.
3. Camera Lens
The camera lens is another factor that influences your photo. It comes in various brands, types, and sizes. It affects the perspective of the image and influences its overall outcome. For instance, a wide-angle lens captures images at a wide-angle.
Hence, it is only effective for taking landscapes and not portraits. Another is the ultra-wide lenses that make a nearer image appear bigger while a farther one appears smaller or thinner. Therefore, ensure you consider your camera lens and use it for the purpose it serves.
4. Camera Flash
The camera flash also influences the appearance of your photo. While it can provide the appropriate lighting for your image, it may also make it look worse. Hence, you have to know when to use the camera flash.
Can I Look The Same In A Mirror And A Picture?
No. You can’t look the same. The only way to look the same in both devices is to be completely symmetrical. Fortunately and unfortunately, no human has the feature.