You know the old adage “The camera adds 10 pounds?” Well, I’m not sure if thats true or not (I think its bunk), but HP has recently released cameras with a feature to help knock off those extra pounds. I found it rather absurd, as the slimming feature is really only a vertical distortion of the entire picture which gives the subjects a rather pointy-looking head. Um, hasn’t anyone heard of Photoshop if they really want to mess with reality?
But really, this highlights to me a growing (but not new) awareness of products which cater to vanity. Are the days gone when photographs captured the moment *as it was,* rather than what it could have been? Sure its fun and a method of artistic expression to alter photographs creatively, but having it built right into the camera for the sole purpose of making someone appear thinner seems kinda silly.