Why does my skin look darker in some photos than in others?

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#1 Maurishio-kun on 1 year ago

I've been checking my recent cosplay photos and I've been noticing that, my skin is not dark, but it isn't white either, in some photos I look like I pull the characters I'm cosplaying in a way it works, but in others my skin looks too dark for the characters I'm cosplaying (which isn't bad, but looks like I can't do it as good as many dark-skinned cosplayers I know do) and that confuses me! Does it have something to do with the light?

#2 walkerofdarknes on 1 year ago

It does have something to do with the light, but it also has something to do with optical illusions and the nature of a camera.

Natural light (IE from the sun) tends to make people look....their truest. For lack of a better word. Your complexion will show up best in natural light. At a guess (and based on your posted pics), you're probably a tan-complexioned person, maybe leaning a bit towards the olive category. In some unnatural lights, usually the fluorescent ones you find...everywhere, you'll end up getting pics that show you as being darker, more into the olive complexion. The reason for that is the usual fluorescent bulbs are an off-white that adds a touch of green to things. When a camera sees your complexion under those fluorescent lights, it processes it into a darker tone.

It's also a little bit of an optical illusion in that you're wearing a lot of lighter colored clothes. Again, given your tan-ish complexion, those clothes will end up making you seem darker, doubly so under the unnatural lights. You might consider using a pale foundation makeup in the closest tone for your cosplay if you want to avoid the darkening effect.

I'll go back later and check out your pics for a couple of examples of what I'm saying.

#3 Maurishio-kun on 1 year ago

[QUOTE=walkerofdarknes;5067163]It does have something to do with the light, but it also has something to do with optical illusions and the nature of a camera.

Natural light (IE from the sun) tends to make people look....their truest. For lack of a better word. Your complexion will show up best in natural light. At a guess (and based on your posted pics), you're probably a tan-complexioned person, maybe leaning a bit towards the olive category. In some unnatural lights, usually the fluorescent ones you find...everywhere, you'll end up getting pics that show you as being darker, more into the olive complexion. The reason for that is the usual fluorescent bulbs are an off-white that adds a touch of green to things. When a camera sees your complexion under those fluorescent lights, it processes it into a darker tone.

It's also a little bit of an optical illusion in that you're wearing a lot of lighter colored clothes. Again, given your tan-ish complexion, those clothes will end up making you seem darker, doubly so under the unnatural lights. You might consider using a pale foundation makeup in the closest tone for your cosplay if you want to avoid the darkening effect.

I'll go back later and check out your pics for a couple of examples of what I'm saying.[/QUOTE]

TBH I'm really confused about my skintone, my tighs, my chest and my underarms are whiter than my face, under arms and the middle of my fingers so I'm not sure how can I define it, I assume it has something to do with the sun exposition I get everyday, however since I'm a mestizo I can say I'm in fact olive-toned which I'd probably still be even without the suntan.

Um, well, indeed you're right, some of the darkest looks of my skin in my photos is seen in fluorescent lights, TBH I didn't know that it was a camea problem before, I guess I haven't noticed since when I'm at the cons I don't realize about my skintone until I see the photo, and indeed I've noticed that in some of my recent cosplays I've been coincidentially wearing white shirts which I didn't know played a role in this.

Hope to see those examples you say son cause really I gotta learn a lot from this.

#4 walkerofdarknes on 1 year ago

Okay, I found some pics in your gallery that will work for this. IF you look at page 3, you've got 3 pics on the second row that show off the changes in skin tone. From the left:

1. You've got the light source behind you and a little to the right of you in that picture. It's creating a shadow across your face that makes the camera think you're darker than you are.

2. You've got the light source properly framed in this one, so it looks brighter, more tan.

3. You've got the bright sky above you, so the camera is fooled into darkening you.


[QUOTE=Maurishio-kun;5067196]TBH I'm really confused about my skintone, my tighs, my chest and my underarms are whiter than my face, under arms and the middle of my fingers.[/QUOTE]

There may be a little bit of a language barrier here, but I'll try to explain it as best I can. For the most part, the areas you're describing ARE going to be lighter than others. It happens to almost everyone who A) goes outside and B) wears clothes doing it. The areas of your body that are exposed to sunlight release a chemical that causes the skin to darken to protect itself. The same areas you describe on me are VERY white compared to the tan on my face, arms and lower legs. And the under part of my arms are a lighter tan than the tops of my arms. It's just a matter of how we hold our bodies outside in the sunlight denying the sun to those parts.

So what can you do about it?

Option A: You can increase the amount of skin exposed and give it a chance to soak up some sun, increasing the tan. Work/exercise outside without a shirt, just spend some time, whatever have you. If you're looking to go with a more uniform tone across your body, you might have to apply varying strengths of sunblock (SPF 30 on the pale parts, SPF 100 on the already darker parts). You might also increase your vitamin D consumption to help the process. I would point out that I would NOT use a "tanning bed" and I'd probably take very close watch of my skin during this, it's easy to overdo it. There is also the possibility of health concerns (skin cancer for one) in doing this.

Option B: You can always achieve this look with paint or makeup. It'll take a very critical eye towards color selection, and potentially be expensive depending on what options you end up going with. The other problem with this option is that you'll have the possibility of runs/smears and damage to your clothing cosplays.

#5 ZanyGeek on 1 year ago

It could also be the cameras. You can take the same photo in the same light with two different camaras and they can look totally different.

#6 walkerofdarknes on 1 year ago

[QUOTE=ZanyGeek;5067577]It could also be the cameras. You can take the same photo in the same light with two different camaras and they can look totally different.[/QUOTE]

This is also true.

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