You look better in pictures and quite disappointing in person?
I need as many replies as possible (lol), I mean in fairness to those who look really great in photos, where those great looks came from if they are not beautiful right?
And what makes those people so photogenic? is it the skin, the eyes etc...
I think it pretty much means the pictures usually come out looking like the person. Some people don't come out in pictures, looking as good as they look in real life. (I'm one of them - always have been! For me, it's mostly because my hair, eye, and complexion colors don't really show up the way they really look; so I looked washed out and - REALLY - not too great. ) My big "prize-winning" picture is from the Registry of Motor Vehicles. The woman saw how awful it looks and asked if I wanted a re-take. I did - and got the same horrible picture with that. She knew better than to try a third time. (I get the occasional good picture that looks like me, but it's about 20% of the time! )
People who look great in photos have to look similar in real life. Not everyone who isn't bad looking in real life looks great in photos.
Typically, government departments don't have a clue or give a damn about how the equipment works. A 4-year old child could take a better picture.
Have you ever seen even a half-decent photo on a driver's licence or health card...no, of course not. Mine looks like a ghost from Christmas past.
My teenage daughter has taken 2 excellent driver's license photos. I have one photo on my driver's license back in my teens that was an awesome photo too. So, it does happen...but I agree that it's pretty rare for most people.
YES. ME! LOL. its funny really that every Christmas Holiday or gathering where a lot of photos are taken, my siblings and friends always pick apart everyones pix but mine...rather comical, really to hear them say i would even take a great convict pix. NOT!!!
Hi Maria Cecilia, some women look beautiful in photos maybe because of lighting, make up etc., angle or it depends on the photographer capturing best moments. My sister and friend always tell me, I am not photogenic, and now I ask her what does it mean, it means, I look better in person, she said! Then I ask her again how come, she explained my eyes are glowing in person, she said, but not in photos. I also look taller in photos,
It doesn't mean that when you are photogenic, you don't look good in person, maybe you just look best on photos.
Thanks Ms. Lisa for the response, you have good funny answer, but indeed very informative I like what you said here:
"People who look great in photos have to look similar in real life. Not everyone who isn't bad looking in real life looks great in photos."
I find that if I pose in the middle of say 6 or 7 Hyenas I look really photogenic but if I sit amongst 6 or 7 male models I look like a hyena.
it is about the confidence the person has, i think. I am not photogenic, when a camera is pointed in my direction, i try to hide, and the photos never turn out good. I try to hide my size hide behind people etc.
My daughter is extremely photogenic, i have never seen a bad picture of her. She relaxes in front of the camera, always, and so her good looks shine through,
Joe Badtoe.... thanks what a smart funny remarks
Joy 56 maybe you are right,in my case I am not comfortable is someone is taking my solo pic... I would rather take a shot of myself, because I can smile freely without getting conscious and the result is always better
When I shoot photos, the definition of photogenic to me means that the beauty of the person shines through. There is warmth, life, and a peacefulness which emminates from the photo. The photo "feels" alive and the background adds to the person. Honestly, a dog can be photogenic as well as a flower. It's all about capturing the essence of the subject. That is photogenic.
Timorous thanks I agree with you I had my experience when I got my NBI clearance (government too) most of the time I look good in photos but in that one I really look like a criminal hahahah..
Shopping on line - thanks maybe you are right just add no complication and just accept you look good in pictures
beth100 Thanks Beth, my Dog Peso is really photogenic, he outshines me most of the time
prettydarkhorse Thanks for following, am I obviously afraid I look disappointing in person hahaha, well you are right there are people who look best on photos, and one of the reason maybe is because they are relax and ready when they had it...
It is about the angles from where you look best, and then about the definition of your face, as in the lumps bumps and dark and light. In normal circumstance we have to look closely at someone to see the 'good' bits and from the right angle so you can't see the 'bad' bits. Almost every 'photogenic' person has bad pictures, but then those pics don't seem to survive do they
Alternate Poet... thanks.. hahaha you are right about bad pictures, they don't exist anymore
Most people choose pictures of themselves that look the best so naturally you get comments on it.
Just means the camera likes them..nothing more nothing less.
I think it depends on what photos people see. I mean most people who are said to be photogenic only have good photos of themselves available for people to see and all the bad ones don't appear.
I think a lot has to do with being relaxed. I have a hard time getting a good picture of my wife unless I catch her off guard and she doesn't realize I am about to take her picture. She tenses up - probably because of all the 'bad" pictures taken when she was also tense!
Maybe people who are photogenic are truly beautiful but in photos they look even better - like they have the kind of facial bone structure that really comes across well in photos - high cheek bones, luscious lips, rather exaggerated eyes and good skin tones help. But sometimes quite homely people really sparkle in photos, mainly because they are smiling. a smile always helps people look better. almost always, unless the teeth look bad or something! If you really examine the features that photograph well you will see that the eyes are wide-spaced, the nose is not too large - everything is in proportion and positioned on the face in the right places. I wish I was like this - my children are, but I look really clownish in photos - especially when I am laughing.
I don't know about nowadays, but if we hark back to the days of the old black and white photo, to be photogenic meant that a person had the right contrasts, for example, dark eyebrows, hair, eyes, alabaster skin and the like. Such people generally were regarded as good photographic models. I can recall being introduced to the wife of a shipmate - who, although quite attractive, was certainly not beautiful in the sense of being a Hollywood beauty queen - to be told that she was a sort after photographer's model.
Of course, with colour photography, and digital at that, all this could well have changed. What with cropping, darkening and lightening of photos, etc., plain old good looks is probably what counts today.
I think good lighting can make a photo of someone look better.
If you are photogenic then you are probably going to look good even if the photo has not been taken in the 'best light'. So while others might not look their best the fortunate person who is photogenic will.
I can recall many, many years ago, before digital photograhy and even before color prints, when photographers could only take black and white photos, meeting a photographers model. This young lady was said to be photogenic because of her contrasting colors: e.g. raven dark hair, pale white and unblemished skin. Good figure - or good bones, as they sometime say. But mainly good to look at in both the flesh and in a black and white photo.
The important thing: how they look in a photo.
I am photogenic... this means I look good in pictures, but not so good in person. Seriously! Two years ago, I attended one of those internet friendship/dating site get-together, and one woman pointed at my friend next to me saying "You, you look like your picture." And then pointed at me and said "But you, you don't look like your picture." I'm a little slow, so it took me a moment to ask my friend "Did she just insult me?"
well rosie, you certainly are photogenic and you're honest in your view of yourself outside of pictures, so it just reiterates what I posted above. I have never seen you in real life to say whether you are or aren't, so by definition you would probably not fall into the category below average then.Of course my definition may be wrong .. who knows?
It really has mostly to do with things like your skin type, such as how translucent your skin is. You can be a raving beauty but if the light passes through your skin you will look horrible under a light.
Then there are things like the shape of your nose the spacing of your eyes how reflective your iris is and the depth of color. Usually can be overcome by the right camera angle.
There are also certain things like the ratio of your face / body. IE; how long your arms and legs are, length / width of your face.
some people are just more expressive than others and that shines through. More animated people make better models.
A good photographer who is also a reasonable makeup artist can take a good photo of just about anyone... you might not think it looks like you though.
it means they cature well on photo whether they are truly good looking in real life or just mediocre. i don't think an ugly person could ever be photgenic by definition though as they would have to mutate in completely the opposite direction. so if somepone calls you that your at the very least; average... by no means am i referring to you personally...haha.just my opinion
I am anti-photogenic, I have never taken a decent picture, yet alot of ladies comment that i'm handsome so i would have to say then that I am probably only slightly better looking than average or I would have to mutate. Everyone always comments how my picture is not even close to me in reality. Maybe their catching a glimpse of the soul at a specific moment and could be why some people shine in pictures and others don't and their overall movement in real time cant 'picture it' so to speak.
I think a lot of people who are "photogenic" know how to hold their face for a photo, they have a certain facial expression and an angle they know is attractive. I don't. The way I look in the photo never matches the way I look in my mind.
To me, a photogenic person is one who's picture turns out good most of the time. Rarely does a bad one appear, they just look good in almost all the pictures that are taken of them, attractive or not.
Hello, I'm late to this thread.
MYTH: Photogenic means you look better in person than in real life
To say photogenic means a person looks good on photo, but not in person, Is not true at all.
That is not what it means. It simply means the person looks really good in pictures. The person
may or may not be good looking in person. However, usually they are good looking in person, but look even better in pictures. Some good looking people don't photograph well. But above all, photogenic means you look STRIKING in a picture. Its not just hair, skin, eyes, its just that the camera captures the essence of a person so very well. And its in a beautiful way.
Its also true that some people look good on video (film) , but not as good in photos. Others look good in both, or in neither. However, bottom line, photogenic is a compliment. It doesn't mean an ugly person looks good on camera. It means a person regardless of how they look in person looks good in photos. 9 times out of 10, photogenic people are extremely attractive in real life. I know people say unattractive people can look good in pictures, but that would be an anomaly
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