anyone else deeply disturbed by this example from Sony?

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bigwigthebig Forum Member • Posts: 60
anyone else deeply disturbed by this example from Sony?
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I was on Sony's website today and saw this example of the types of things that the RX100 can do with it's beauty effects and think that the alien appearance of the picture on the right may haunt my dreams for quite some time.  This is the best that they can do?  I'm going to buy this camera just so that I can make everyone's irises twice the normal size.

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Lol, that is very odd.  And disturbing.

Les Berkley
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Hard to tell at this size, but it looks like a nice job for a one-click. Bet the subject would pick it over the other one. BTW, can we see some of YOUR portraits?

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No, it's creepy. . .
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This has nothing to do with the quality of the photographer and everything to do with the fantasies of some software engineer somewhere.

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Also with society's conceptions of female "beauty".  Don't get me started on that one.

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Creepy and unwanted!

I started using portrait professional a year or two ago... and was amazed at how often women DID NOT WANT me to use the sliders at anything other than "barely noticeable!" and the head-reshaping tools almost got me burned at the stake!

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It does not disturb me in the least because

a) I do not own any Sony cameras and

b) if I did own a Sony camera, and it had this feature, I would not use it.

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Les Berkley wrote:

. BTW, can we see some of YOUR portraits?

Hardly relevant is it?

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Mike CH Veteran Member • Posts: 9,631
Yes - it is creepy...
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... but then I really don't like much of the so called 'beautifiyng' of portraits, anyway.

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Mike CH Veteran Member • Posts: 9,631
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CallMeAlan wrote:

Les Berkley wrote:

. BTW, can we see some of YOUR portraits?

Hardly relevant is it?

Not at all.

Regards, Mike

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OP bigwigthebig Forum Member • Posts: 60
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BTW, can we see some of YOUR portraits?

I probably can't shoot as well as the first picture but would know not to take a model as hot as that and turn it into the evil dimensional twin in the photo next to her.

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I don't see a reason to be disturbed by this any more than any kind of in-camera or post processing for that matter to "improve" along these lines. Yet, how many professionals can claim having never done it in PP?

Or, in this specific case, an effect normally attempted via mascara?

Instead of being disturbed by such effects, I simply choose not to worry about them much less put them to use.

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OP bigwigthebig Forum Member • Posts: 60
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I think I figured out why there are a few people that seem to be a bit offended at what was just supposed to be a funny post.  I think maybe we're dealing with some cultural differences here.  Sony may have a large customer base that idealizes anime as beauty.  So, I apologize to anyone that has a loved one with irises the size of quarters, or whichever your largest form of coin denomination is.

I forgot that some people may idealize this kind of beauty found in this real photo:

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lnguyenh Contributing Member • Posts: 685
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yes. me !

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Paul Farace wrote:

I started using portrait professional a year or two ago... and was amazed at how often women DID NOT WANT me to use the sliders at anything other than "barely noticeable!" and the head-reshaping tools almost got me burned at the stake!

Exactly the opposite of what is normally asked of my work.  Nearly every woman I shoot says, "Can you make me look 10 years younger and 20lbs lighter?" to which I reply, sure, and then proceed to show them on Portrait Pro.  But THEN I tell them its not really them, what they look like, etc., and I clean up their skin a bit, brighten their eyes, do NOT make them thinner and theyre quite happy with the results.  A little can go a long way.

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It upset me so much, I had to leave work and go to the lake.

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DuaneV wrote:

Paul Farace wrote:

I started using portrait professional a year or two ago... and was amazed at how often women DID NOT WANT me to use the sliders at anything other than "barely noticeable!" and the head-reshaping tools almost got me burned at the stake!

Exactly the opposite of what is normally asked of my work. Nearly every woman I shoot says, "Can you make me look 10 years younger and 20lbs lighter?" to which I reply, sure, and then proceed to show them on Portrait Pro. But THEN I tell them its not really them, what they look like, etc., and I clean up their skin a bit, brighten their eyes, do NOT make them thinner and theyre quite happy with the results. A little can go a long way.

+1 to this. My G/F loves the fact that I get rid of the bags under her eyes and any spots that might have flared up but I am not really interested in changing the shape of her head or eliminating every detail from her skin and neither is she.

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Compared to Portrait P ads this is understated.
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bigwigthebig wrote:

I was on Sony's website today and saw this example of the types of things that the RX100 can do with it's beauty effects and think that the alien appearance of the picture on the right may haunt my dreams for quite some time. This is the best that they can do? I'm going to buy this camera just so that I can make everyone's irises twice the normal size.

Disturbed? Not at all. The Portrait Pro ads featuring the girl with a face covered in blemishes etc and then revised to the consistency of percale is far more annoying and quite a bit more invasive and unrealistically fake looking than this. It is interesting that the after face has been zooming into a bit compared to the original. If they were not side by side or were printed as 9 x 12s and laying adjacent on a table I'd imagine most clients would choose the revised version but as was mentioned, it is really hard to tell at this size.

The "as hot as that" comment is laughable. Pleasant enough as a girl next door type but hardly justifying "as hot as that".

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