I have been taking close up pictures for a while with no problem. I think I may have done something with the settings, because all of a sudden my closeups are distorted (wide). I have a sony cyber shot. I've gone through all the settings, but just can't figure out what I did. Help please.
Depending of the focal length of the lens e.g. 28mm, 55mm, 100mm etc. images can look distorted. As the sample below shows that an image taken with a wider angle lens with a same crop may look wider.
So a wide angle lens from a close range widens, while a longer does not.
The left is taken with a 28mm lens and the right with a 70mm lens.
I think the zoom factor of your sony cyber shot causes a close up might look wider. Perhaps you turned digital/software zoom on or off?
Left is taken with a 28mm lens, the right with 80mm, the nose is clearly wider on the left
Try to take more distance and zoom in more to get the same crop.