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    Do your pictures mirror, your mirror

    Ok I know strange title but let me explain, I often can put myself together do my best makeup job
    fix my own hair or a wig check the mirror and I’m like oh yeah I’m confidant I will pass, well mostly.
    So I’m like oh I have to get a picture and then when I look it’s like where did that cute lady go?
    I’m so manly I can’t go out like this (I usually do though) so what is it that can change from the reality
    of the mirror to the image of the picture?
    I’m not honesty sure I’m sure lighting plays a role or just maybe the profile or many other things but
    for those who have this kind of thinking don’t be afraid to be you despite what the picture or the mirror
    says. If you want to go out go out. Be appropriate and blend especially if your going solo
    Blessings Rachael

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    Omg, I so know what you mean! And sometimes the opposite as well, I look in the mirror and say 'well … as good as it's gonna get today, I guess', then the photo comes out great for some reason. I wonder how much is lighting, angle, personal mood, context, etc. yadda yadda yadda.

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    When you look in the mirror you are seeing a reverse 2 dimensional image of yourself.
    When I look in the mirror I see a tranny that needs to lose a lot of weight LOLOL
    Lighting and angle have a lot to do with it.
    I agree with the just go out and be yourself.

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    my avatar is a good example of what you just described, no forms chest hair hanging out total blooper but yet there it is, something magical happened.....
    ....Mykell
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    Yeah, cameras tend to lie a bit. The most common problem I see are selfies. Most cameras are actually made to be used at a slightly longer focal distance than your arm provides. Tracii also touched on the other issue. A photo of yourself is actually a flipped image of how you normally see yourself in a mirror, so everything looks a little... off.

    Lighting and angles make a difference too.

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    I see the same Sherry in my mirrors as my pics. Of course, I'm a bit nearsited!

    The difference is, I can edit my pics. NOT my mirror!
    U can't keep doing the same things over and over and expect to enjoy life to the max. When u try new things, even if they r out of your comfort zone, u may experience new excitement and growth that u never expected.

    Challenge yourself and pursue your passions! When your life clock runs out, you'll have few or NO REGRETS!

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    Try THIS OTHER TRICK----Instead of The Mirror OR a Photograph Do a VIDEO instead---I find it VERY HARD to snap a pic of myself and make it look good. But I can do a video and find FRAMES that make GREAT PHOTOS---I finally get to see what my "female self" is supposed to look like. Snip the frame and use THAT as your photo (s). Of course a good HD computer cam works best. You get lighting, poses and angles you never may have thought of
    Last edited by MarinaTwelve200; 05-22-2019 at 05:20 PM.

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    I never COULD get 'a handle" on how I looked in the mirror---so I have always taken PHOTOS instead.

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    You're braver than I could ever be to go out, Rachael. Good for you for venturing on ahead. I prefer seeing myself in photos to the mirror, as I can take shots from different angles and different lighting. The mirror only shows me the front. Still, Veronica remains in her closet, no matter how the photos turn out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachael Leigh View Post
    what is it that can change from the reality
    of the mirror to the image of the picture?
    1) Mirrors tend to be stationary, while cameras tend to be mobile,
    2) Taking out the size factor, all mirrors are interchangeable. That is, they all reflect things with the same degree of accuracy. Picture quality in cameras varies between models; from variations in product quality to design (plastic lenses vs. glass lenses, etc.)
    3) Mirrors only have one (normal) focal length, while many cameras can be adjusted to wideangle, telephoto, and sometimes even macro modes.
    4) Talking about focal length, mirrors have practically infinite depth of field, meaning that everything reflected in a mirror is in focus. Cameras allow the user to adjust the focus to better highlight the subject and blur the background.
    5) Mirrors represent all colors with 100% accuracy (or damn near). Cameras can't do that.
    6) Mirror images can only be seen when one’s looking at the mirror. Cameras can be mounted on tripods and similar devices, enabling the user to photograph themselves from various angles.
    7) Mirrors depend on ambient light to show their subject; Some cameras can compensate for the lack of lighting with built in flashes, which affect image quality and vary in quality.
    8) Mirrors are low tech objects, while cameras can be very high-tech.
    9) Mirrors are basically useless underwater. Underwater cameras are a popular consumer item.
    10) You'll never see Sean Penn punching a guy holding a mirror (no mirror wielding paparazzi)
    11) Breaking a camera doesn’t get you seven years of bad luck.

    ...or was the question rhetorical?

    I take pics of myself, look in the mirror, and take pics of myself looking at mirrors. I'm always pretty.
    ...and though she feels as if she is in a play, she is anyway...

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    Rachael, Sometimes love my look in the mirror, always hate my pictures. So I know exactly what you speak of.
    Please call me Jamie, I always_have crossdressed, I always will, "alwayshave".

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    The best thing about taking pictures is you can delete them. I am fine with most pics, but I tend to work on lighting. mirrors are more accurate. trust the mirror.
    Sara

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    I think one of the photographers here (maybe Teresa?) said in the past that phone cameras have a focal length that is a jack-of-all-trades compromise for the mix of distances they're expected to capture, but is too short (or long? either way, wrong) for closeup shots like a selfie. The subject is in focus but a sort of "fish eye" effect happens, like the image has been stretched over the surface of a large sphere. At least that's how I explain the giant nose/nostrils in most of my photos to myself

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    One thing I'm surprised nobody mentioned...
    When you look in the mirror, what you see is REVERSED (mirror image, get it?) - but camera pictures aren't.
    That's probably part of why they don't look right - unless you take a picture of yourself in a mirror instead of a 'selfie' (I don't know why, but I hate that term...)
    Last edited by SaraLin; 05-24-2019 at 05:04 AM.

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    I mentioned that in post #3 SaraLin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tracii G View Post
    I mentioned that in post #3 SaraLin.
    oops! Sorry. Somehow, I missed it. (retreating red-faced)

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    The reversal by the mirror alone doesn't explain the picture of the mirror image versus the mirror image of the picture . They are both reversed. Otherwise, we could fix all pics simply by mirroring them ( and we wouldn't be talking so much about this ).

    I think there is a more influential contribution from how the brain 'averages out' the frames sent to it live ( as Renee suggested ), while the camera only captures one single frame. Note that the brains of other people looking at you will be doing the same thing . . .

    - Lydianne.

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    I know what you mean I see something completely different in the mirror then in a picture, and the picture is at lease 15 pound heavier. The bad thing is the 15 lbs are in both male and female pictures.

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    Pictures, the mirror and passing are three different things. When I'm doing makeup, the close view in the mirror looks like drunk landscapers on the surface of the moon. I've had some images come out super realistic, totally by accident. Those are the gems I'm mining for. And then there's passing. Something that I've come to the conclusion is a rare event. In all of my videos and even with totally transitioned friends there's that marker that genetic males are just bigger than females.

    Your mileage may vary.
    I've waited so long for this time. Makeup is so frustrating. Shaking hands and I look so old. This was a mistake.
    My new maid's outfit is cute. Sure fits tight.
    And then I step into the bedroom and in the mirror, I see a beautiful woman looking back at me.
    Smile, Honey! You look fabulous!

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    Walking around town and seeing how people dress, I wonder if they have any mirrors in their house to begin with.
    I trust the mirror, the camera is just for documentation and to get a rear view.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Majella St Gerard View Post
    Walking around town and seeing how people dress, I wonder if they have any mirrors in their house to begin with.
    Ain't that the truth

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eemz View Post
    I think one of the photographers here (maybe Teresa?) said in the past that phone cameras have a focal length that is a jack-of-all-trades compromise for the mix of distances they're expected to capture, but is too short (or long? either way, wrong) for closeup shots like a selfie. The subject is in focus but a sort of "fish eye" effect happens, like the image has been stretched over the surface of a large sphere. At least that's how I explain the giant nose/nostrils in most of my photos to myself
    I think my camera has the same 'defect', Eemz!!
    Like a barrage balloon that's had a normal-sized face fired onto it by RPG.
    😬

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    Oh, I am sure that I don't look as good as I feel. But you know what? It's not usually my makeup or that I look like a MIAD. I can't smile if I know someone is taking my picture, or if I am trying to look sexy, or whatever. I usually end up looking stupid, but I love candid photos of myself.

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    So most recently what I find most difficult for me is I’m using my natural hair more often when I’m out so yes that’s a big step but then when I see pictures it just doesn’t look right but I feel confidant with that mirrored look. I’ve really started a more social transition now so being the real me with my own hair has become important to me

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    My experience with picture taking is my eye see what the mind wants to see. However, a photo does show the real me. Many photos are group shots of me and the women in my life who are of average height. I tower over them. I tower over most males. I haven't lost too much height (72 inches). My weight is fine for my height and bone structure. The photos bring me back to the reality that blending en femme is not viable. Yep, there's a man in a dress.

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