Have you ever wondered why most of us look different in photos than in the mirror?

Whether others take your pictures or you take selfies with friends there is always a bit off difference about your appearance in pictures.

There are a few explanations for this.

We Expect people to see our mirror image

When we take photos using a phone or some apps or through the front-facing camera on an iPhone, the photos generally show us the reverse of what we see in the mirror. The resulting image captures your face as others see it.
Studies and published articles on this phenomenon reveal that when we see ourselves in reverse, it can be a little weird. Our faces aren’t perfectly symmetrical. Few marks on our face which we do notice in the mirror might look absurd in photos.

Since people have grown up looking themselves in the mirror all the time and believe that this is the image which everybody sees, they have created a wrong perception. The fact is that people see reverse of what we are, which can be really weird sometimes. Mirrors are kind of lies.

We are used to seeing our familiar faces

When we gaze at the mirror, we see that side of our face which looks most attractive. We get into the habit of seeing our faces as we see them in the mirror and thus come to prefer that mirror image. We tend to like that picture of ours which we see repeatedly.

Looking at yourself in the mirror everyday becomes a firm impression. Familiarity gives rise to liking. Eventually, we start preferring that look of our face, which we see every day.

Also, when we gaze in the mirror, we position our face according to the angle that seems most attractive to us.

Let’s not forget about the technicalities

Different camera lenses can change the photos. It can modify the way people look in photos. For example, for a slimmer look, one should choose a longer lens because the shorter the lens, the wider it’s going to make your face.

A person’s proximity to the camera also makes a lot of difference. Those features that are closest to the lens will get maximum emphasis. And, while taking selfies we tend to be closer to the camera than we would be if someone else takes our photo.

At the end of the day, we should not be much bothered about photos. Photos show us the way we look to the rest of the world. And that’s not a bad thing. Studies have shown that people generally like the version of you they see as pictures can be deceptive sometimes.

So all you selfie lovers out there take pictures and share it with friends without any hesitation.