I was curious to know that if I flip my picture, which is taken from a rear camera, selfie, DSLR etc. horizontally then would it be the accurate depiction of how people see me in real life?

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    It would depend on whether you are using the camera to take the picture directly of yourself or if you are using it to take a picture of your reflection in a mirror. Which is it?
    – Michael C
    Aug 6 '16 at 5:36
  • The bad news is no. You are the only one that look at yourself fliped every morning.
    – Rafael
    Aug 6 '16 at 7:03
  • Vote to close because it's unclear what's being asked. E.g., is this a question about left-right reversal or is it a question of philosophy? Aug 6 '16 at 19:48
  • @CarlWitthoft I meant left-right reversal. Hope it clears now.
    – Anonymous
    Aug 6 '16 at 23:03

No. The picture straight out of your camera is what you look like to others. You don't need to reverse it. Think about it - when you take a picture of something else with your camera, you don't need to reverse it to see it how others would. (Otherwise any text in a photo would be backwards!) So it's the same when taking a picture of yourself.

You might be interested, though, in artists who have experimented with facial symmetry:

"Both Sides Of" by Alex John Beck, for example, makes images of peoples left side mirrored to the right and vice-versa.

EDIT As mentioned in the comments, your cell phone may reverse the image during preview if you're using the front-facing camera. But once it takes the picture, it's no longer reversed. This is because it's easier to fix your hair/make-up/tie/etc. because you're probably used to doing those things in a mirror.

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    The confusion might stem from the fact that smartphone rear cameras usually flip the picture while previewing, to create a mirror like effect. But the final picture is not flipped.
    – ths
    Aug 6 '16 at 10:26
  • @ths, I think that is called the front camera.
    – Carsten S
    Aug 6 '16 at 12:09
  • @ths You did certainly mean front, not rear.
    – nicael
    Aug 6 '16 at 12:14
  • I'm always unsure where he front and back of a phone are supposed to be, but the op wrote "rear camera", so i went with that.
    – ths
    Aug 6 '16 at 22:45

In case you're using the front camera, this depends on the software you use to take your pics - it may or may not flip the pic automatically. The rear cam always shoots you "as-is", without flipping (obviously).

If you're worried that the front cam flips the image, just check whether the picture is already normal or flipped by taking a pic of anything first with the rear cam, then with the front cam.

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