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Forced Perspective - A Cool Photographic Special Effect Without Using Photoshop

April 24, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 208

As an amateur photographer myself, I know it's always great to stumble upon new funky ways to create different looks and special effects that gets me the "Awesome" response when my audience looks at my photos.

Today, I've got a really easy effect you can achieve using only your camera and your imagination.

It's known as Forced Perspective and it's one of the many creative effects that I learned about while reviewing a new book I recently acquired, by author Evan Sharboneau.

The technique, known as forced perspective; is something that you can actually do in your camera. This is not done with Photoshop or any other editing software.

You can do this method by just aligning your camera in front of the model or the main subject of the photo until they appear to be interacting with something behind them. If possible try to use the smallest aperture you can in order to increase your depth of field so everything stays in focus.

There are some really interesting examples I found in this book, like a woman holding a man in the palm of her hand. Another image had a man leaning up against the tower, which in reality was far off in the distance. Obviously, you just have to position either your subject or yourself to make sure that it aligns just the way you need it to.

A few more examples of this special effect include a pipe which appears to be twisting right out of the ground and back in again. This is all created just from lining up your lens height with the horizon while making sure that the pipe lines up perfectly.

The last example shows clouds being created from smoke coming right out of a chimney stack.

Often times photographers will inadvertently create this effect without even realizing it. Viewers will note that there's a tree growing out of a subject's head for example.

By putting some planning and creativity into your shots you'll be very pleased with how this impactful technique gets impressive results.

I personally think this method of shooting gives a very lasting message, one that is even more powerful than "double exposures" which is a technique for another article.

These techniques are well described with images and video clips at my website below.

Creative procedures like "Forced Perspective" is what takes photography to a whole higher level of both fun and creativity while definitely giving your audience a reason to remember you. This is just another of many tools you can have in your photographer's toolbox.

To learn about more techniques like this one check out my videos at: http://trickphotographyandspecialeffects.net

Wayne Burke, an experienced Media Arts professional, invites you to increase your knowledge of photography.

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