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Which Is More Accurate : Photos Or Mirrors ?

Many of you will undoubtedly recognize this scenario: the person you see when you look in the mirror does not resemble the person you see when you look at your images. It's as if the camera has applied a radical filter to the image. Or should we point the finger at the mirror? 

We now have the answers to the following questions: Which is more accurate: a reflection or a photograph of our true appearance? And why do we see our reflections in the mirror and images in such distinct ways?

Psychological aspects

When we are at home, where we are at our most free and calm, we tend to look in the mirror the most. While it comes to photography, we frequently wind ourselves in the frame when we're on "foreign turf," which makes us appear uncomfortable and unprepared. That is why, when we glance in the mirror before heading to a party, we sometimes see an irresistibly attractive person. Then, the next day, when we look at the images from the party, we discover the polar opposite.


Our faces are not symmetrical, to put it bluntly. This is true for everyone - to varying degrees for some and less for others. And therein lays the source of all the muddle. We stand in the same spot every morning when we look in the mirror, viewing ourselves from the same perspective. As a result, we become accustomed to looking at our faces from a specific perspective. When it comes to photography, however, you may not always be given advance notice of how, when, or from which direction the shot will be taken. Unless you're a movie star like Audrey Hepburn, who was almost always photographed from the best angle.

White Balance

The temperature of each type of lighting is different. When we stare in the mirror, though, we don't notice this temperature variation. This is because, as a "supercomputer," our brain immediately evens out all the variances and "shows" us the complexion to which we have become accustomed. A photograph, on the other hand, catches the illumination exactly as it is, with all of the offsets and temperature fluctuations. When we gaze in the mirror, we see our regular self, even if the lighting is a jumble of different sources, with numerous hues and shadows flashing across our face. A photograph, on the other hand, can incite animosity by exposing our characteristics in a neutral lighting environment.

Focusing on individual objects

Remember that when we look in the mirror, we usually concentrate on a single aspect of our image and do not view the whole picture. When we look at a photograph, though, we see everything in context and see details that were previously overlooked (for instance, bad posture, awkwardly positioned hands, etc)


We constantly see a "mirrored" version of ourselves in a reflection, and this impacts our perception of how we seem. Photographs, on the other hand, show us as others see us, which is an odd perspective that can be rather surprising. 

All of this leads us to the conclusion that images are the only way to obtain objective information about our looks. Even if you don't always appear well in photos, that's no need to be discouraged! Maybe you snapped at the wrong time, or you were overworked, or you simply didn't have time to pull your stomach in. :)


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