Piquing curiosity with forced-perspective photographs.
In person, perspective is informed by human visual perception. How the eyes and brain work together gives objects the proper scale of reference based on context. It’s how you know a tall building in the distance is many stories high even if it looks smaller than a human standing next to you. Cameras use focal length to mimic this — making most photographs appear realistic. But photographers don’t always want to portray the realistic. Sometimes the goal of an image is to draw people in with wonder and leave them curious about how the photo was taken. This is where forced perspective, sometimes called false perspective, comes in. If you’ve ever seen a photo that makes it look like a person’s hand is holding the Eiffel Tower or supporting the Leaning Tower of Pisa, you’ve seen forced perspective. But this technique can be used for so much more.
Using the Perspective Warp tool in Photoshop.
You can create a forced perspective to help convey the sense of scale — or to portray the perspective that best suits your narrative — using the Perspective Warp tool. This tool is most effective when used on buildings and objects with straight lines. Buildings and other architectural elements tend to get distorted when photographed with a wide angle lens, and yet the sheer size of buildings often requires a wide-angle lens to fully capture them. The Perspective Warp tool can help you overcome this challenge by straightening distorted lines using advanced image processing to adjust the angle at which an object is shown.
There are many uses of the Perspective Warp tool. It can help you create realistic-looking image composites. After importing an object into a scene, you can use it to make sure the object fits perfectly and looks believable. You can also use the Perspective Warp tool to help enhance your landscape and nature photography. Accentuate trees, rocks, or waterfalls by adjusting their size and positioning while maintaining a realistic perspective relative to the rest of your image.
Capturing forced perspective pictures in the camera.
Another set of eyes.
You might need a model or someone to give you a different perspective — or both — so bring a friend along to help capture your perspective images.
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