Why Is A Photo I.D. More Likely To Be Bad Instead Of Good?

Anderson, Indiana
March 31, 2008 7:55pm CST
In some photos, you look pretty much like you look. Other photos even flatter you. But why is it--more times than not--that photo I.D.s (the kind used for driver's license, passport, student I.D., etc.) are more likely to make you look anywhere from mildly unattractive to downright pathetic?
3 responses
@winterose (39922)
• Canada
3 Apr 08
because they are cropped to be smaller than the picture actually taken so it makes your face look bigger, or they are taken too far away and it comes out all dark etc, but you are right they are ugly in general
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• Anderson, Indiana
3 Apr 08
I think you've hit the nail on the head. It makes you look as if you've posed in front of one of those carnival mirrors. Speaking of which, did you ever see the movie with Cher in it called Mask? She played the mother of a son who was like The Elephant Man in appearance. One time, they went to a carnival and went through the house of mirrors. When they got to this one mirror, they took a double-take because the mirror gave the boy an appearance of having a perfectly-normal face. I'll see if I can find this on YouTube and come back and link to it. I do know that I watched my mom getting her picture taken for her last driver's license. She looked good to me when she posed for the picture, but the photo came out making her look like an old witch!
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
1 Apr 08
I rarely take a good picture. I don't know why but that just seems to be the case. I've had a couple of photos turn out good but that's it. My Id pic isn't too bad...an officer would know it's me at least. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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• Anderson, Indiana
1 Apr 08
Most people seem to know I'm the same person as the one on my driver's license--guess that they haven't seen anything looking quite like that on any day other than Halloween!
• United States
1 Apr 08
Probably because you've been standing in line at the DMV for three hours. That can't be good, if you want an overall cheerful appearance :).
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• Anderson, Indiana
1 Apr 08
That's true, too. Even if you haven't been standing in line, you usually aren't sitting on plush sofas but, instead, very hard seats. So most people, by the time they get to the picture-taking phase, are probably a little tired, and that general sense of tiredness might be coming through. Still, I don't know what causes the kind of appearance that isn't distorted in the sense of being a blurred picture, because these pictures are clear enough, but, still, distorted, in how it seems as if parts of you stand out in an exaggerated way, and your complexion has a kind of strange tint to it.