How to Fix “Selfie Distortion” in Your Photos

Joel Lee 15-08-2016

Outside of certain social networks, selfie hatred is actually pretty common both online and offline Stop Hating On Selfies: 3 Reasons You Should Love Them Selfies are all too often written off as the egotistical masturbation of brainless teenagers, but that's a superficial take on them. Here's why. Read More . One of the many reasons why people hate selfies? They don’t actually represent what you look like AKA “selfie distortion”.


You can lessen the distortion effect by using a long-enough selfie stick Battle of the Selfie Sticks [Round-Up Review and Giveaway] A week can't go by without somewhere banning their elongated presence. Despite this, selfie sticks are as popular as ever. We thought it was worth having a look at what's out there. Read More , but that isn’t always feasible. Is there another option out there? Yes there is! Sort of.

Princeton recently released an online “paper” that demonstrates a new technology: the ability take a selfie photo and warp it (using approximations) in a way that makes the subject appear as they would in real life, effectively removing the distortion.

You can see it in action in the video above, or you can visit the site and try it by uploading your own selfie photo.

None of this truly matters if you’re using your selfies for, say, identification during mobile payments Are Selfies the Future of Mobile Payments? Mastercard are trialling payment by selfie. Is the concept the future of mobile payments or doomed to failure? Read More , but it’s certainly useful for social media shots.

Give it a try and tell us what you think. Do you like the “fixed” look or do you prefer the real selfie look? Share with us in a comment below!


Related topics: Selfie, Smartphone Photography.

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  1. Anonymous
    August 15, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Not taking selfies also helps with the issue.

    • Joel Lee
      August 19, 2016 at 7:57 pm

      Hmm, is that really a solution though? :P

      • Anonymous
        August 19, 2016 at 9:14 pm

        By definition, not taking a picture guarantees that it won't come out blurry or distorted. And the Oracle at Google says there are approximately 93 million selfies taken every day. Skipping one or two here or there isn't going to hurt anything.