By googling, I have found several different opinions about how to take one's own facial images more realistically:

  • Some said photos taken by cameras (smartphone's cameras, if specific) are more objective than images from flat mirrors, because it is close to what others see myself.
  • some said the opposite because of distortion of camera lens.
  • some suggested it is better to take pictures of the images from an mirror by a camera.

I wonder which way gives the most realistic images of one's own face?

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    $\begingroup$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is about realism of images and not physics. $\endgroup$
    – Kyle Kanos
    Mar 6, 2016 at 13:32

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If there is "distortion of camera lens" it's going to be there with or without the mirror. All the mirror is going to do for you is swap your left/right sides, and photograph any dirt/blemishes/defects the mirror itself introduces.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks. I mainly concern about shape, not dirt/blemishes $\endgroup$
    – Tim
    Dec 17, 2015 at 1:52
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    $\begingroup$ Unless your mirror cost thousands or millions of dollars, it's not going to correct any distortions created by the camera lens -- it will just introduce new ones. $\endgroup$
    – alzee
    Dec 17, 2015 at 1:54
  • $\begingroup$ for phone cameras held by hand, is the distance in self taken pictures too small for having big distortion? So when using a mirror, it extends the distance to lessen distortion of camera? $\endgroup$
    – Tim
    Dec 17, 2015 at 3:52

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