Here’s why cameras make you look 10 pounds heavier

January 11, 2018

If you’ve ever complained about looking heavier a picture or video, you’ve probably been comforted by the age-old claim, “The camera adds 10 pounds.”

Turns out, it’s not a myth designed to help people feel better about themselves.

Cameras do make you look a few pounds thicker.

Here’s why:

Lens Structure

According to Gizmodo, wide angle lenses “create a sort of fisheye effect, which can bloat subjects in the middle, and stretch those on the outside.” In other words, depending on the type of lens the photographer uses, it’ll distort the picture in ways that are less-than-flattering for the subject.

Here’s an excellent example:

Distance

Jon Cornicello, a photography expert, explains that the additional weight could also be the byproduct of the photographer’s distance: “When it comes to perspective in photography, the closer you are to your subject, the more narrow their face will appear…we all seem to look heavier to ourselves in photographs that are taken from greater distances.”

Most people only see themselves when they look in the mirror – a very short distance – so it makes sense that when they see themselves from a greater distance, it isn’t what they expect.

Angles

Photography blogger, Alea Lovely, said it best: “Angles can be your best friend or worst enemy.”

There’s a reason why most selfies are taken from above: It’s an angle flatters everyone. Having a shorter person take your picture from below is a recipe for disaster.

In addition to the camera angle, how you position yourself is also key to looking slimmer in pictures. Sticking your chin out, turning your body, and positioning your arms away from your body are all ways to compliment your figure.

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