Software makes selfies look as if they were taken with a 200mm lens

Jul 31, 2016

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Software makes selfies look as if they were taken with a 200mm lens

Jul 31, 2016

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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If you hate the way you look in selfies, here’s some good news for you.

Firstly you are not alone. Big noses, squashed ears and weak chins make selfies looks less attractive (maybe this is why duck face is so common). Secondly, this may change as researchers at Princeton University developed an algorithm to convert selfies into long lens portraits (and vice versa).

Their method uses an automated mesh places on a photo, which calculates the face warp (and then adjusts it).

YouTube video

The obvious use is to unsquash selfies, but I guess you can use the opposite flow if you want to make a high end camera photo look like a selfie.

The research was made partially by Adobe Research so it would not be surprising to see this feature proliferate into a future version of Photoshop. Or into the next generation of smartphone.

If you don’t trust the video you can try the software yourself on its demo page. Here is my try (I tested the look around feature, rather than the make me pretty feature). It’s pretty awesome how this software can make you say yes and no:

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[Perspective-aware Manipulation of Portrait Photos | Princeton]

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7 responses to “Software makes selfies look as if they were taken with a 200mm lens”

  1. Van de Velde Photography Avatar
    Van de Velde Photography

    I only take 200mm selfies. Sometimes 300mm.

    1. Ignasi Jacob Avatar
      Ignasi Jacob

      Even 500 mm

    2. Justin Dunn Avatar
      Justin Dunn

      500mm selfies dont seperate the subject from the background enough…noob

    3. Toby Vandevelde Avatar
      Toby Vandevelde

      Flame war already?

  2. Kripichan Bautista Avatar
    Kripichan Bautista

    lens compression

    but will it blend?

  3. Daniel Jacso Avatar
    Daniel Jacso

    Time to heave the 70-200 to the trash bin ….

  4. Rebecca Lynne Lewis Avatar
    Rebecca Lynne Lewis

    “Selfiels”?