Forced Perspective Photography

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, filmmaking 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.

If you know how to shoot a photo then you can also change something fairly simple to something creative or abstract or otherwise more artistic. You don’t need any special skills for taking such shots. It all depends on the environment and perfect timing.

When I took my pictures for the shadow assignment, I thought of what it would be on the level of a board game. Therefore, I took my pictures from different angles and up close. I made the objects look bigger than they are in real life which was a different perspective. I feel as though pictures with forced perspectives gives you a whole new way of looking at things. Maybe even things you see everyday or things that you may think are overdone with photography. You can change it up by seeing it a different way than others may see it. It is mainly about placement and timing.

For the board game photographs I took, the perspective was that you were a smaller person living in the game itself. I wanted it to seem like you were actually living “The Game of Life” and you were actually moving along the game board in “Sorry” and “Aggravation.” By taking photographs from a different perspective, even the most common things such as a board game seem awesome.

The examples of forced perspective photography that I found were really cool and it makes you look at things in a whole new way. I definitely will try some of these out and come up with more of my own perspective photography.




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