When it comes to inspiration then there is no limitation on resources. Photography can serve as a nice source of inspiration.Perspective photography is fun and catches everyone’s attention and can be very informative at times.
Forced perspective is a technique that employs optical illusion to make an object appear farther away, closer, larger or smaller than it actually is. It is used primarily in photography, film making and architecture. It manipulates human visual perception through the use of scaled objects and the correlation between them and the vantage point of the spectator or camera.
Forced perspective can be made more believable when environmental conditions obscure the difference in perspective. For example, the final scene of the famous movie Casablanca takes place at an airport in the middle of a storm, although the entire scene was shot in a studio.
This was accomplished by using a painted backdrop of an aircraft, which was “serviced” by dwarfs standing next to the backdrop. A downpour (created in-studio) draws much of the viewer’s attention away from the backdrop and extras, making the simulated perspective less noticeable.
Each one of the examples above gives you a look at the different practices that are used in forced perspective. In the end you will be using four different tools to create different types of image in this genre:
Most of the picture can be done through general setup. A location and angle are set, and the subject(s) are used with or without additional objects. The environment will also lend context or additional material for you to create your shot. Editing will be the final process, though in some cases this might not be necessary.
Most photographers will use editing to enhance the shot. Sometimes this is as simple as just turning it to a different angle, like in those pictures that shot the world as upside-down.
It isn’t difficult to create these illusions. It really comes down to being creative enough to think of opportunities to do it. Once you put yourself in that mindset you will see endless possibilities, and from there it is just setting it up.
In this round up, you have seen some of the best and truly unbelievable examples of forced perspective photography. Feel free to share your opinion with us via the comments section below.
I can promise you that when you start browsing them farther in details it will surely refresh your memory.