Too Filter or not to Filter that is the question…

Is it ok to use a photo filter to look more like you want to look?

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  • #92612
    Miriya Paris
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    Ok everyone, I have noticed a recent upsurge in filtered photos online recently, like last few years on the dreaded FB and others.  Some people are opposed to them some love them, some do not care, etc. etc… We all know or all mostly know the reasons why and why not to use them. Professional photographers have been touching up photos for almost a 100 years and in todays age it is all about DIY and stuff, and to make the amateur stuff look as good as the professional, especially so with photos. What are you alls thoughts on the matter? Is it wrong to use them? Is it ok? Does it add to dysphoria or lessen it?

     

     

    Me personally I think of them as the “Mirror of Erised” kind of thing, pretty to look at but can be deceiving as to real life. But then again online personalty is a false life altogether.

     

    with Love all ways,

    Miriya

    xxxooo

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    • #95900

      [postquote quote=92612

       

      I choose, Other.
      Filters are one way of seeing yourself as YOURSELF.
      Kind of post FFS.
      There are services available for pre-FFS that do show what your female self will look like post FFS.

    • #95429

      I think “Filter” might be a bit too broad of a term. Do I use photo editing to fix lighting and color issues? Yes – photo pros do this all the time. I’ve been known to use a tiny bit of “skin smoothing” as well…

      But that FaceApp business is totally something else. No amount of makeup or traditional filtering in the world would make Joe Rogan look like what you see in that picture his daughter posted. FaceApp is basically virtual plastic surgery. None of my photos have altered my facial dimensions or proportions. The makeup is all mine. (I’m not trying to brag, just trying to make a point).

      So I don’t have a problem with people using these apps, as long as you don’t hold yourself up to these standards. Realize that most of what you see online is not real, and be comfortable with the “real” you.!

    • #95289

      Sometimes: On CDH my private photo gallery has a clearly-named folder for FaceApp-modified photos.

      For me, these images lessen dysphoria. Some philosopher said that “memory” and “imagination” are two words for the same thing. I dissent a little: regrets (and more positively, learning) come only from our memories. Plausible images of a fictional young girly me happily alleviate the possible real-world distraction today of a gnawing regret of a lost opportunity.

      Not for Facebook or anything else public. This discussion here reminds me to update my possible photo at LinkedIn.

      I have bought or declined particular clothes and colors after using FaceApp “face swap” to insert my photo into ads.

    • #95224
      Anonymous

      If anyone wants to google the female FaceApp picture that Joe Rogan’s daughter made of her father, it shows you that the “transformations” created by these apps are not really legit.

      They don’t reflect what is possible with surgery and hormones. Rather they conjure up a person that doesn’t exist from characteristics of the real person whose pic is being used as source material.

      There is also a website called “This Person Does Not Exist” which uses generative adversarial networks to conjure up random fake images of people drawn from huge datasets of real photos.

      As a programmer, I find these apps fascinating, but what is being conjured up is still a fantasy. The question then becomes “is fantasy a bad thing?”.

      Sometimes, yes. Sometimes, no.

    • #94529

      I voted no.   When I post a pic I want people to see the real me.   For better or worse.   I also  don’t want to fool myself.     If I can’t look that good in real life why look that good on a pic.

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    • #94071
      Emily Alt
      UNITY

      I’ve used FaceApp twice when I didn’t have time for makeup.  It did a reasonably good job simulating how I look with makeup.  Both times I clearly indicated it’s use, and would never do otherwise.

      I think it’s okay to use filters.  Maybe it’s fantasy.  Maybe you’re pressed for time.  Maybe you’re looking to improve your makeup skills.  Maybe your situation restricts your ability to express yourself.

      I would offer that in many situations, being our authentic selves makes the best photos!  A smile goes a long way!  Beauty is more than skin deep!  Use filters with moderation.

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    • #94049
      Cynthia S
      CHAT CREW

      I have no objections to using them privately and none to posting here or elsewhere either WITH ONE CAVEAT- they should clearly indicate that they are “retouched” or filtered”. The reason that is important is tto not give false expectations and/or discouragement to others who may feel depressed if they think they have no hope of looking as good as someone whom they think is their “peer” or at least in the similar position in life. For that reason I only ever post natural and completely un-retouched pics with the exception of chat where I am PRESENT live to make it clear they have filters applied. It’s as the apostle Paul said- It’s not that its forbidden to me but that I don’t want to cause my sisters to stumble on their journey.
      Cyn

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    • #94038
      Cathy
      FREE

      I voted “don’t care.” My profile picture was tweaked with FaceApp. The tweaks were minor. I had my wig and makeup on, the app added a little bit of femininity to my face. I hope to use a real picture soon. As far as filtering, to each her own.

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    • #93968

      I voted yes as it’s not for me to say how people would like to be viewed. I think it’s quite all right while you are exploring your way to self acceptance. For me, I really have struggled with how I want to be perceived and how I really look. In that respect it’s taken much processing to present just the way I am, so I don’t use filters. What I’m seeing is someone who is quite happy with where they are on their journey and that’s genuine. I’ve spent my whole life hiding. Don’t want to do it in front of you all.

      Alicia

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    • #93911

      Hi girls , We are women , all women are vane , so using a filter is ok i think . I mean to a point , i’m an older woman and i never lie about my age and i use a filter sometimes to remove some back ground or maybe hid some wrinkles , not to much and certainly my own face and body . I know some have posted a young woman on their profiles and i see nothing wrong with it so long as they give their right age and SO status . This is not a dating site , we are here to help each other , to support and console , we want to look pretty , so doll up i say , enjoy , after all isn’t make up a filter of sorts , aren’t we covering up our face ? , making us more fem , more sexy , ha ? Face it girls we’re just as vane as any woman out there . I’m Leslie and i want to look my best and pretty . Please understand , all i’ve written here was not intended to hurt anyone’s feelings or chastise anyone but to support all here . Love you all . Leslie

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    • #93715

      I refuse to use filters. They give a false sense of my looks, and the one time I have seen myself filtered, it was pretty uncomfortable knowing I would never really look like that. Plus, I don’t wanna be 25 again.

      And I disagree that Online Life is fake. I have made several many true friends with very real and down-to-earth people I have only met in text chat.

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    • #93714
      Eryn
      FREE

      <p style=”text-align: right;”>I agree have fun with filters has there purpose. Glamour shot does it so on. Truly depends on what you want to do with it really. Like DeeAnn said. If you are on a date site I say be yourself. I am new here so I m really don’t think it would be a problem here. Then again I usually don’t take many pictures of myself lol.</p>

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    • #93350
      LadySarah
      FREE

      I voted “sometimes”, and I’ll explain. If you use them on a site like this, I don’t care. If you use them on a dating site, that is false advertising.

      I have used several graphics programs over the past couple decades, and made pretty good money doing it. I was manipulating photos of myself before I ever had a cellphone. However, my avatar is of the real me, with no photomanipulation.

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    • #92951
      Hippie
      FREE

      I’m not going lie. I tried the adobe photo shop version that does the whole body. And I’ll tell you this, I wanted blank myself. I found myself so attracted to myself.

      It was done so good that it even fooled my wife and kids.

      On the other hand. It also gave me a false idea that I could really transform my body to that gorgeous creature that was on my computer screen.

      So for the curiously wondering try it out, but don’t your hopes up that you can’t look the same

       

      This has been Hippie from CD Heaven

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      • #95291

        I used a filter and side by side it looks like me with nice makeup, I’m just starting HRT so maybe in a couple years I’ll catch up to this picture. I love the hair color it defaults too, that is going to be my color and I never would have picked it, Auburn with red highlights, I’m a redhead!

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    • #92672

      I identify as a 25 year old petite blond with blue eyes, firm breasts, and a 20″ waist. I could use filters to look like that. But you’re going to be surprised when we meet…

      I hate filtered photos. Just be you.

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    • #92620
      DeeAnn Hopings
      AMBASSADOR

      I voted “Other”. Specifically, here it’s OK. I don’t have a problem with it. However, if someone was to use that photo for a dating site, for example, that crosses a line for me…

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