Even serious photographers like to have a little fun sometimes. When it comes to creating unusual canvas prints of all shapes and sizes, employing photographic illusions is a quick way of producing unusual prints without the need to spend lots of time using editing software.
Forced perspective photography tends to make an appearance among people’s holiday snaps. After all, a snap of a family member holding the Eiffel Tower or jumping over the Sydney Harbour Bridge is usually too tempting to resist taking. For illusion inspiration, take a look at the forced perspective flickr stream.
The art of making on object in a photograph look unnaturally large or small in comparison with another through clever use of angles is relatively easy, so next time you want to create a forced perspective photograph just follow these hints and tips:
Unlike your eyes, which act in tandem to create depth of field, photographers have only one point of reference when establishing perspective – the lens. Because the camera essentially captures a flat scene if you tell it to, it’s easy to distort reality by making large objects appear small or vice versa.
You can create size and space illusions with all sorts of objects but the most common are buildings, statues and other landmarks and aspects of nature such as mountains, waterfalls or even the sun. In a holiday context, popular tourist landmarks are most often selected as subjects for photographic sorcery. Through forced perspective photos you can make people appear as though they are defying gravity or showing super human powers!
If you’ve always fancied yourself as the next Godzilla or a new superhero, turning your forced perspective photographs into your own custom canvas prints could take you half way there. Why not take a series of illusion photos featuring different members of the family and turn them into prints? You might not be able to convince friends and family that you are the Incredibles but the resulting photo canvas prints will make great wall art, particularly in the kids’ bedrooms or playrooms.
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