In yesterday’s post I suggested you work with your webcam on. But what, exactly, do you see? Well, we have a lifetime’s experience of seeing ourselves in a mirror, which is very different from how others see us.
Normally we don’t care; it is only when we see ourselves on screen that we wonder why we look so strange?
Mirror, mirror on the wall
Everyday mirrors show flopped images, reversed on the vertical axis (A flipped image is reversed on the horizontal axis.) You can see flopping in the above image, captured from my webcam with mirroring mode on.
Without the book titles it would be a lot more difficult to tell. This is why flopped images still creep into feature films.
That looks a little strange
Turn mirror mode off and we see how others see us. The titles are OK, but “R” is on the left and “L” the right…
Photos were the main way we saw ourselves as others do. While many are uneasy with photos, video is worse; right and left are in the wrong place.
Our whole lives we have seen our flopped image; non-mirrored naturally looks strange. It conflicts with our internal understanding of how we look.
Look in the mirror and make that change
The solution is easy; get used to seeing yourself on screen as the camera sees you and not as you look in your bathroom mirror.
Work with your webcam turned on and mirror mode off. You will soon relax and get used to seeing yourself as others do. A small thing, perhaps, but one of the secrets to being comfortable on video.