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Has this been posted before? Kind of interesting article.

Posted by on Feb. 16, 2013 at 10:27 PM
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The camera DOES lie: Proof that a lens can be the difference between pretty and pretty ugly

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER

Everyone has at some point had the same problem: no matter how much you try to be consistent with your camera face, some pictures look great and others look awful.

Photographer Stephen Eastwood has finally solved the mystery - showing that the difference between a good photo and instantly deleted disaster can be down to the camera lens. 

To prove his point, he took a series of portraits, using the same model's facial expression and the same lighting - but each time changing the lens.

Distortion: Mr Eastwood's exercise in changing lenses shows how the same model can have the same expression in the same lighting - but have varying results

Distortion: Mr Eastwood's exercise in changing lenses shows how the same model can have the same expression in the same lighting - but have varying results

Both ends of the spectrum: Mr Eastwood says the larger lenses, in the left case a 230mm lens, will flatten and widen the face, where the 24mm distorts the same model

Both ends of the spectrum: Mr Eastwood says the larger lenses, in the left case a 230mm lens, will flatten and widen the face, where the 24mm distorts the same model

The difference is in the level at which each lens distorts the natural image, bending light so that the three-dimensional image is represented as a two-dimensional photo.

Depending on the lens' focal length, the image will deform and affect how the image looks in photos. 

Mr Eastwood took the same photo using a wide range of optics, from 19mm up to 350mm. He moved the camera so that his model would be framed exactly the same way.

Self-portrait: Seven Eastwood undoubtedly got the focal distortion just right for this picture

Self-portrait: Seven Eastwood undoubtedly got the focal distortion just right for this picture

The shorter the focal length, the more field of view you can capture. That's why something like a 'fisheye' lens (15mm) distorts objects dramatically.

But Mr Eastwood's experiment showed that the distortion continued up the focal range, albeit more subtly.

And the killer is that some of these subtle distortions can make the face prettier, while others make the face - to put it bluntly - uglier.

Either way, the brain accepts the photo as the true image and we imagine we look better or worse.

A larger lens (say 350mm) will flatten and widen the face of the subject. Mr Eastwood said this could sometimes make the ears look further back - or make the nose look bigger - with tragic consequenses.

Experts say a 135mm lens would produce the best, most consistently accurate results. But even then there's an element of risk.

If nothing else, you can now give your friends a decent excuse as to why you always look bad in holiday snaps.



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2059455/The-camera-DOES-lie-Proof-lens-difference-pretty-pretty-ugly.html#ixzz2L7hpFrdK 
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Christy619
by Christy on Feb. 17, 2013 at 12:10 AM

Pretty interesting! That explains so much. lol

do11face
by on Feb. 17, 2013 at 8:16 AM
I've read it before but its still fascinating. Plus, I love photography. :)
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Apr1l
by Katie on Feb. 17, 2013 at 8:19 AM
Good article
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moniagee
by on Feb. 17, 2013 at 8:24 AM
This explains a lot, lol.
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pixiemg1
by Amy on Feb. 17, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Very interesting

Chillisarah
by Hippie Bombshell on Feb. 17, 2013 at 3:13 PM

This is so interesting thanks for sharing!

littlemascara
by on Feb. 17, 2013 at 3:39 PM

great article.  most people do not ever think of lens size, and most people can't change it without getting a new camera.  I still have a pretty good SLR film, but I need a new lens, DD jacked it up. ergh!

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