Thursday, November 16, 2006
7 News Features: Slim in a Snap
With the holidays approaching, we all know there will be plenty of family photos. But if you're worried about your weight, forget having the camera add 10 pounds. In tonight's Special Assignment Report, we found a new camera that will make you look slim in a snap.
WSVN -- Whether it's a family picture, a high school photo or your old wedding album, we all have photos that are less than picture perfect. But while outdated hairstyles and fashion faux pas are forgivable, looking heavy can really weigh on a person's mind.
Emma Muldrow: "I took some pictures this summer on a cruise ship, and I really didn't like them."
Emma Muldrow: "Nowadays with all this weight, I sometimes dread looking at my pictures."
Randolph Thomas and Emma Muldrow are so self-conscoius about their size, they would rather look back at old photos then take new snapshots.
Emma's even gone as far as hiding behind another person or placing an inconspicuous object in front of her to hide her growing waistline.
Randolph Thomas: "Well, your body changes, and then you get a little bit more lines."
But, if dieting demands too much time and will power, there is a way to look thinner in a "flash."
The new HP R-927 camera from Hewlett Packard promises to drop those pounds from every single picture.
Take a look at the before and after of Emma.
Emma Muldrow: "I'm looking at the second shot, and there's like 10 pounds missing."
Now, check out the before and after of Randolph.
Randolph Thomas: "Wow, I made such a dramatic change from being fat to slim. It's what I've always dreamed about."
The camera, however, does have one major rule. To really appear thinner, you have to be framed near the center of the picture.
Steve Greenberg: "It's very slight, but enough you can see the difference. It takes off about 10 to 15 pounds."
Electronics expert Steve Greenberg believes with this camera, less is more. He says the slimming feature used to only be available through expensive computer programs.
Steve Greenberg: "If only losing weight could be that easy in real life, where you could push a button and you could lose those 15 pounds, I'd sign up for that gadget in a minute."
But depending on whom you ask, it could be a gadget with guilt. Going slim in a snap has gotten some flack. CBS News even got in trouble for making Katie Couric look skinnier in a photo.
South Florida celebrity photographer Manny Hernandez doesn't have a problem with it.
Manny Hernandez: "I think it's good, but it's deceiving on purpose."
After shooting stars and socialites for nearly two decades, he maintains that photographers touch up photos all the time. So, why shouldn't we get the chance?
Manny Hernandez: "That's one of the top things I get -- make me look skinnier."
Randolph and Emma are convinced. For them, this is a picture-perfect diet plan.
Manny Hernandez: "In this case, cheating is OK, with a camera like that."
Randolph Thomas: "Anything that can take the pounds away, I'm all for it. Without dieting, it's like magic right before your eyes."
The camera costs about $350.It does have other features which can turn your picture into a watercolor, a cartoon or a poster.
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