Playing around with taking selfies using the back camera on my phone, and shit we did really used to do this all the time with no screen on polaroids and little point and shoots.

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Selfies, back camera 

I kind of dig the narrower angle lens even though it widens the middle of my face, it's closer to what I see in the mirror than the what the wider angle front facing phone camera produces (longer forehead, narrower chin).

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@erinbee Yes! Longer focal lengths are always more natural/flattering to me at least

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@erinbee This is one of the things I was idly wondering about when I was asking people about selfies a while back. It was in the context of sexy selfies then but it applies to chaste selfies too. I think maybe we discussed mirror selfies even, which you have a certain mastery of

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@pagrus I get that the selfie camera is meant to be held out at a distance and multiple people can fit in the frame and to create "flattering" (slimming) angles held from above but it's gives such odd distortions sometimes.

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@erinbee absolutely. there have been a number of animations showing the effect of different focal lengths on faces, it's pretty dramatic. I can't help but wonder how that affects people's perception of themselves, and if that's just what selfies look like nowadays

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@pagrus I was reading an article about how plastic surgery and things like fillers and Botox are up during the pandemic because more people are regularly seeing their faces because of zoom meetings. Part of the takeaway was that surgeons are telling people not to change their faces drastically to look better in selfies because that amount of distortion would look terribly unnatural to the eye.

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@erinbee yikes! that's some DFW shit right there

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@erinbee Also, not surprising now that I think about it.

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