Japan camera prettifies subjects, even adds "makeup"
By Chiaki Kawase
TOKYO (Reuters) - Photos are everything for Yuka Obara, a well-known Japanese blogger who insists anything showing her online be picture-perfect -- especially because it's hard these days to delete poor-quality photos once on the web.
The 20-year-old Obara, known by her online profile Yunkoro, has honed her art for four years in line with Japan's cult of the "kawaii" or cute, which has given rise to creative profile picture-taking.
Yunkoro, for example, has lots of advice on how to photograph taking photos so the subjects look honey-eyed and candy-sweet using everyday items such as hand-held mirrors and curtains.
"My blogs are there for people to see, so to have something to show I am quite particular about photos," she said, adding that in the past she has had as many as 1.1 million hits a day.
"I have many points I obsess over when it comes to taking pictures of myself or an object."
Though Yunkoro is proud of her photographic skill, additional help has arrived on the scene from Japanese electronics maker Panasonic Corp -- a camera that can brush up, clean up and even put make-up on the subject's face.
The LUMIX FX77, released last Friday, has a "beauty re-touch" function that will whiten your teeth, increase the translucency of your skin, remove dark eye circles, make your face look smaller and even magnify the size of your eyes.
For the final touch, it will apply rouge, lipstick and even eye shadow. Continued...