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OK Cupid, one of the Internet’s largest dating websites, has identified what makes our online self-portraits attractive to potential mates, and surprisingly it's not dark and blurry cellphone camera shots of our genitalia. Women like when men don’t look into the camera. Men like women who are at home. Everybody likes when someone is smiling.

For example, take the online dating photo below, which we might have picked up from an exclusive Amish dating site: See how he's not looking directly into the camera? Note the farming implement that denotes proficiency and skill? The raised hand indicative of warmth and openness? That's how it's done!



But good photographic composition isn’t enough. People are getting really adept at using high-end graphic design software to give themselves virtual facelifts.

From NY Times:

Adobe has for several years made a cheaper, simplified version of Photoshop for nonprofessionals, but the new, easier-to-navigate version of Photoshop’s premier program, CS5, reflects the fact that a growing number of consumers can handle (and will pay for) the full suite of tools, including two, named Pucker and Bulge, that are perfect for a little body-sculpturing. You can bet people aren’t shelling out to make photos of someone else look better.

The Times also suggests that easy-to-shoot self-portraiture is probably to thank for most innovations in the consumer camera industry: the iPhone’s second camera, Canon’s PowerShot with a pivoting viewfinder, and Samsung’s DualView cameras.

Thanks, Vanity! (A
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TAGS:  VANITY, OK CUPID, ONLINE DATING    SOURCE:   New York Times

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