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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    \$\begingroup\$ 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? \$\endgroup\$
    – Michael C
    Commented Aug 6, 2016 at 5:36
  • \$\begingroup\$ The bad news is no. You are the only one that look at yourself fliped every morning. \$\endgroup\$
    – Rafael
    Commented Aug 6, 2016 at 7:03
  • \$\begingroup\$ 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? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Aug 6, 2016 at 19:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ @CarlWitthoft I meant left-right reversal. Hope it clears now. \$\endgroup\$
    – Anonymous
    Commented Aug 6, 2016 at 23:03

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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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    \$\begingroup\$ 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. \$\endgroup\$
    – ths
    Commented Aug 6, 2016 at 10:26
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ths, I think that is called the front camera. \$\endgroup\$
    – Carsten S
    Commented Aug 6, 2016 at 12:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ths You did certainly mean front, not rear. \$\endgroup\$
    – nicael
    Commented Aug 6, 2016 at 12:14
  • \$\begingroup\$ 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. \$\endgroup\$
    – ths
    Commented Aug 6, 2016 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.


No, if you're worried about what you look like after you have taken a selfie and flipped it, don't. It isn't accurate, the lighting will be off and everything will look weird. If you are wondering what you really look like, use the camera on the back of your phone.


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