Look better with camera tricks

I have been feeling particularly ugly for a year or so now, what with my stupid hair being stupid and my skin feeling saggy because I’ve had to stop taking collagen supplements since moving to the UK (because they don’t have Meiji and Fancl here).

(Disclaimer: I don’t know that collagen supplements really work but I had taken them for years and felt okay about myself. Since coming to the UK, I have felt progressively older and uglier, although it could be due to the air being very dry here, or it could be just plain old aging, so I don’t know, lol.)

 

Women and beauty supplements

 

Last Saturday evening, while Piers and I were at a pub waiting for his friends to arrive, I decided to play around with my camera because I suddenly remembered it has a Soft Skin mode to “shoot more beautiful skin”.

Piers had bought me a Sony Cyber-shot (DSC-WX80) a few months ago to replace my iPhone camera (yes, I had been using my iPhone camera for nearly two years because my Lumix had sensor dust in it and I never got around to sending it back).

 

Sony DSC-WX80

 

I chose this model out of all the cameras in the store based on the merits of its compactness and pretty white looks, which shows how serious I am about photography.

So, while Piers was sipping his beer, and I was ignoring my Pimm’s cocktail in favour of camwhoring, I turned on Soft Skin mode, took a self-portrait and looked at the playback display.

 

Soft Skin mode

 

“Wow!” I said, “The soft skin mode has made me pretty again!”

I showed Piers the photo and he looked at me quizzically. “Hon, you look exactly like that in real life.”

I said, “No, no, the camera has smoothened out my face so I look much better!”

Piers rolled his eyes and said, “I think you have face dysmorphia.”

Yeah, sure, whatever.

 

The face of a person with face dysmorphia

 

I think Piers is quite blind. He can’t even tell whether I’ve got makeup on or not most of the time, which might make one think that he is just being sweet, trying to throw in a subtle compliment, but I think the truth is that he is genuinely blind.

I did look better on the camera playback because of the soft focus effect and the fact that playbacks are small in size (and I tend to look better when you can hardly see me).

I don’t think the photos look so nice after viewing them on my computer now. But they’re still better than usual.

I prefer my old Lumix’s beautiful skin mode though. Instead of making it a soft focus effect, it has some kind of special flash to make your skin glow. Kinda like this:

 

Glowy skin effect

 

Anyway, I made Piers take more photos of me before his friends finally arrived and I quite liked them. Maybe it was just a good day.

I usually have to take a hundred photos before I’m satisfied with one, but that day, I only had to take about 20 before I could find one I liked.

Haha.

 

One more for the road

 

The next day, I experimented some more. I tried Soft Skin mode and Background Defocus and couldn’t decide which I liked more.

Soft Skin:

 

Soft skin

 

Background Defocus:

 

Background defocus

 

So, basically, soft skin blurs out your face while background defocus blurs everything but. Lol, stupid camera tricks, although I have to admit it’s handy and saves you from having to photoshop your photos.

Well, okay, I definitely look better with Soft Skin cos who doesn’t? But background defocus photos look more professional so I like them better, even if they make me look ugly.

Anyway, I quickly got tired of looking at my stupid face so I stopped taking photos of myself. I was at Piers’ parents’ house for a barbeque to take advantage of the rare warm and sunny day and there were dogs and a baby, which were much better (although harder) subjects to photograph. But I will leave that for another day.

I will do more “camera experiments” (which are in fact nothing more than vanity posts in disguise) in the future so keep coming back and keep reading!

In the meantime, allow me to leave you with some sage advice:

Do not believe every photo you see on the Internet! Between makeup and camera tricks and photoshop, no one is what they look like anymore. So, caveat emptor and have a nice week!

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12 thoughts on “Look better with camera tricks

  1. “I’ve had to stop taking collagen supplements……” It’s shocking to me that you even took these in the first place. I thought you had such natural beauty. Now I am conflicted. Animals have to be sacrificed for that, you know. :(

  2. Actually, I don’t know that animals are sacrificed for collagen. Tell me more about that. I didn’t think taking collagen was a big deal. I found it no different from taking any other health supplements, like glucosamine for healthier bones or fish oil for mental alertness or vitamin c for general health, etc.

  3. They extract it from poor little. Most mammals have it, but it has to be extracted and refined to be used as a supplement for human consumption. (Fish oils helped me with that answer :P)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collagen

    I started the fish oils only after you said you were using them as supplement. I’m not sure if it makes me smarter, but I sure feel like it :)

  4. I can’t find where it says that animals are hurt from collagen extraction. There’s a lot about collagen being used in the medical industry for treatment and healing purposes. Oh well, anyway, I’m not taking it anymore.

    Good enough if you feel smarter with fish oils, lol. Well, it’s supposed to have been scientifically proven so it must be true. :P

  5. How would the get the protein if they didn’t extract it? Extracting anything hurts, if you think about it :P

  6. I just thought we would hear a lot from animal activists if any supplements were produced at the cost of hurting animals. There would be a lot of protests going around everywhere but I haven’t heard anything about it?

  7. Honestly though. You don’t need all that stuff. You have a natural beauty you should bottle and sell. Even Piers knows it.

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