Force That Perspective

Forced perspective is  technique that we can use in photography to create very interesting images. It creates an optical illusion. We want objects to look out of scale. So object that appear father away, or closer to us, or larger or smaller than it actually is. It’s all about perception.

The trick with forced perspective is to use a deep depth of field. This is the key trick here. we want the focus not to let us know how closer or far away objects are, instead flattening the scene into a very two dimensional feel.

It’s a great technique to use for architecture images, travel and street photography, and to trick the eye.

Check out these examples

The first 2 examples are perfect examples of using this technique for architecture. It flattens the features of the buildings so there is not understanding of how far apart walls are, or how near to us they might be.

Photo by Mirko Nicholson on Unsplash

 

Photo by Denys Nevozhai on Unsplash

 

Photo by Joel Filipe on Unsplash

I love the use of reflections to create interesting images and to force the perspective. This image gives us a different perspective on things but also makes for interesting viewing.

Photo by Daniel Ghio on Unsplash

And once you know the rules you can break them, like this image using a reflection in the puddle. If you look at the reflection it looks like a man looking into the sky. So interesting.

Photo by Randy Jacob on Unsplash

And another rule breaker. Here we have a shallow depth of field but definitely a forced perspective. It looks like the little guy is real and about to get squished.

Photo by James Pond on Unsplash

and here is one of my own images in this style

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Recap

  • Creates an optical illusion. Make objects to look out of scale. It’s all about perception.
  • The trick with forced perspective is to use a deep depth of field. Flatten the scene into a very two dimensional feel.
  • Be Creative and think outside the normal here.

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Mirko Nicholson
Denys Nevozhai
Joel Filipe
Daniel Ghio
Randy Jacob
James Pond