Remember those old monster movies, the kind with giant creatures chasing after people, destroying objects wherever they go? Some of them can fit in the palm of your hand with ease. Forced perspective photography is used make us, the viewers believe that certain objects are smaller or larger than they really are. It’s the manipulation of the human visual perception; some call it optical illusions.
Taking a forced perspective photo is not difficult and doesn’t require any special skills. All you need to have is creativity, a camera, a willing accomplice, the perfect setting and timing, the patience to choreograph your trick and mostly, imagination. As you can see in the following examples, you can try forced-perspective photography while travelling, at your backyard or at home. In some cases, it’s just being in the right place in the right time.
A Side Of Bokeh. Chowing down on a nice big bowl of lights. Yum yum yum. By the way, you can get these lights with help from a Bokeh Kit.
Balanced. The second illusion you see here is that the girl is ever so slightly heavier than the guy.
Beautiful Portrait. I know we carry around pictures of our loved ones, but this is kinda too big.
Blow. Some people exhale smoke; other’s exchale balls of light.
Blowing In The Wind. Gosh, that’s a strong gust of breath.
Catch The Time. Sir, do you the time? Yeah, I literally do.
Can I Help? Let’s give this balloon a little?lift’ shall we?
Clearing The Rocks. ?Spring cleaning.
Coffee Break. Not the coffee break I had in mind.
Crazy Balancing. One wonders what in the world is he standing on behind those bottles.
Crushed. Like puny, puny ants *evil laugh*.
Crushing The Balloon. Plucking balloons out of the sky. Now, thatâ??s a nice hobby.
Dirty Giant Feet. I’ve got swollen feet!
Don’t Drop It. Careful now. Be real careful.
Eat Up The Car. What does metal taste like?
Fingers Crossed. Magic.
Fixing The Washington Monument. A fine example of how timing is essential in getting a good forced-perspective photograph.
Giant Handshake. Let’s be nice to the giant man.
God’s Canvas. The sky’s the limit!
Gravity Defying Act. I don’t know what is up and what is down anymore.
Gravity Fools. The runner gave the illusion away, but otherwise, it’s quite believable.
Hold The Umbrella Tightly. At least no one is falling over in this one.
Hot Dog from space!
Lights Out. Having the sun in a good old-fashion lantern.
magic Lights. Fly, colorful circles, be free.
Mind Your Step. Do not want to destroy thousand-year old heritage sites now, do we?
Overpacked Bag. " You think that maybe Ive packed too much?"
Painting The Canvas. A realistic work of art, dont you think?
Pisa, I Love You! "Tower love you too, strange tourist."
Road Climbing. Hanging by the finger tips.
Running The Stairs. Perfect timing, perfect action.
Seeing Further. Next step, her shoulder!
Sit On The Street. Where IS that bus?
Sleeping Over Water. Dont they look like they are walking through a wall?
Stop The Car! I cant, I’m too small!
Spoon Bridge. Cherries, anyone?
Standing On The Hat. Perhaps she couldn’t find any rocks to stand on.
Standing On My Palm. What every little girl wants: a real-life doll.
Tasting The Rainbow. Tastes like gold.
Ticket Man. Note the resemblance.
Tiny Dancer. Like a ballerina.
Too Thirsty. When you see it the guy was sitting on a sandal.
Wonderful Fountain. Refreshing, isn’t it?