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I notice that whenever I take a self picture, my face tends be slightly wider. It is as if my face has a concave effect to it.

I'm wondering if this is normal for cameras. I tend to not like self-photos from camera phones or Point and Shoots because of it; and I don't have access to a better quality camera. Are there ways to get around this effect?
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The only way around it is to use a telephoto lens that compresses your attributes.(dslr camera or slr 35mm with telephoto lens)
This happens after 50mm and is best from 85-105mm, so you need to get the camera further away, zoomed in if possible and perhaps tilt your head down so you are not looking up your nostrils.
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Basically the best way around this other than the obligatory mirror shot would be to use the zoom function on a point and shoot camera (non-digital zoom, you want optical zoom) and zoom it in as much as possible, generally around 4X should be enough. The problem created from this would be that a self-portrait can no longer be done from arms length and would have to be taken by someone else, or use the timer feature and set the camera at a distance.

What is creating this effect which you do not like is barrel distortion created from a wide angle lens / wide angle range, this is fairly common in wide angle lenses, no limited to point and shoots, even found in SLR lenses (even the high end ones) depending on how wide the lens is (how much crap you can fit into the picture).

Here is an example of this effect in the extreme on a wide angle:

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Generally when you are going wide on a point and shoot, it is great for landscapes, or anytime when you need to fit a lot of things in the image, but things will get distorted when you get up and close.

What you usually see with most portraits are lens ranges of about 50mm to 100mm+, if you want to get into this range as stated 4X+ optical zoom will be sufficient.

*EDIT* there are ways to get around this if you do not have a camera that can zoom in optically, such as photoshop or adobe lightroom.
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The "concave effect" you speak of sounds more like pincushion distortion rather than the perspective effect from a wide angle lens like those above me have mentioned. Below is an image that shows Barrel distorion to the left, and Pincushion to the right.

Barrel+and+Pincushion+distortion.jpg

Many zoom lenses and especially those in point and shoots suffer pretty greatly from one or the other (and sometimes wavy distortion), so it doesn't really sound all that unusual to me. That being said, it's very easily correctable in PS or Lightroom.
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