That's why it's called a PORTRAIT lens - or why my nose looks big.

Bruce Walker bruce.walker at
Fri Mar 2 13:00:10 EST 2018

Yep. I've been saying for ages that aliens examining our culture will
get a very distorted impression of what our faces looked like based on
modern smartphone selfies.

On Fri, Mar 2, 2018 at 11:36 AM, Igor PDML-StR <pdmlstr at> wrote:
> This news popped up on a few science websites yesterday (I suspect due to
> Rutgers' PR department's efforts), - and I just saw it on CBS morning news
> review this morning.
> While what they discussed is fine, they should've worked with a photographer
> and a zoom lens instead of (or in addition to the
> simulations).
> I believe this is well known in the photo community. (Isn't it?)
> And that's why "portrait lenses" are used for ghm... portraits (what a
> coincidence!) -- because of the most flattering angle of view/facial
> features proportions.
> But I am preaching to the choir here... ;-)
> Cheers,
> Igor
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