Align your subject to one of the sections where the lines intersect, and you have a well-composed frame.
7. Angles Can Make Your Image Look 2D or 3D
When it comes to forced perspective in photography, you’ll need to think beyond the eye-level.
In fact, most forced perspective shots mean you have to either lay low on the ground or to take photos from above.
First, consider what type of shot you need to create. Do you want the foreground and the background to merge?
Then shoot at the ground level. If you’re going to add depth to your image, then take photos from a higher vantage point.
Also, make sure you line up everything correctly. If you want your image to look two dimensional, then make your subject and prop look as flat as possible.
In other words, don’t position it sideways because it gives away its real height and depth.
8. How to Interact With the Environment
The most common backgrounds for forced perspective include flat surfaces, streets, sidewalks, and buildings.
In most cases, people use each location for specific purposes. Forced perspective photographers often look for flat surfaces for big/small illusions. Or they use streets and sidewalks to create an illusion of depth or height.
As for buildings (e.g., the Leaning Tower of Pisa), pretending to hold or carry them is a common trick.
You can also think of other ways of interacting with your surroundings. And you can apply these to almost every architectural feature you find.
You’ll realize that anything from boardwalks to corridors could be used to trick people’s senses.
9. Try Different Props to Add Character to Your Photos
Props are crucial when it comes to turning your ideas into reality. You can use pretty much anything from toys to real objects.
As mentioned, you can place a small item in the foreground to make it look bigger.
Just remember that the smaller the object you use in the foreground, the farther you have to move your other subject.
Of course, toys aren’t the only props you can use. You can also find ways to incorporate real objects. Try benches, lamp posts, and fire hydrants to add to your illusion.
There are plenty of ways to interact with them as well. You can hold on to them, lean on them, or place them in the background.
10. Make Viewers Wonder How You Got That Shot
Context is king when it comes to forced perspective. Your image is just an illusion. But you should make it easy for viewers to understand what they’re looking at.
Get rid of any unnecessary visual elements in your frame to help them get the point of the picture right away.
At the same time, you should make it fairly difficult for them to figure out what makes the illusion works.
People often recognize if a photo has been manipulated. But what makes forced perspective fun is when you see people puzzle over how you got the shot.
These tips are merely a starting point to help you create forced perspective photos on your own.
Open your mind and feel free to experiment with your surroundings.
If you look around, you’ll find opportunities to create optical illusions everywhere.
Now check out this cool video about forced perspective in Lord of the Rings.
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