When we travel, it’s fun to think a little outside the box and take holiday pictures a bit out of the ordinary. Here’s a fun photo technique you can use to resize people and impress friends and family.
Have you ever thought that the camera has no deep view and produces everything two-dimensional? We can exploit this weakness by making optical illusions that make objects larger or smaller than they actually are, or melt them together.
In English, the technique is called forced perspective, something that can be translated into something like a forced perspective. You have most likely already seen the technique in practice on pictures where people stand and push the crooked tower of Pisa or hold the top of the Eiffel Tower. Perhaps you have also tested it yourself on famous landmarks?
The challenge is nevertheless to make the images so realistic that people almost think it’s real. In this post you will get my best tips on how to get this done!
Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt lake in Bolivia, is one of the most popular places to take perspective – so popular that it has become a compulsory part of your group trips there. It’s also here I’ve been playing around with the camera. The reason that salt lacquer is perfect for perspective images is that it is incredibly large, very flat and that it is far to the nearest mountains. It lets you completely lose your depth of mind and can play freely with perspectives.
Here’s my recipe for successful perspectives:
- Location and props
The most important thing you need to create cool and realistic perspective images is a suitable location and some elements that can be used as a reference point to each other. An open space or a plain usually works well, but it’s about finding a location that is not too crowded by other objects. If the site already contains many items, they will quickly reveal the aspect ratio and destroy the image. You may want to photograph from ground level in the bird’s eye to get a lot of heaven. It rarely creates a sense of depth.
Our driver at the desert in Bolivia, Louis, had done this many times before. Soon he was promoting with a frying pan, a toy and a spray bottle.
- A good idea
The cool of such perspectives is that it is only imagination that sets limits. You have guaranteed some items with you that can create fun effects, otherwise it is also possible to use each other.
One tip is to produce large items as much less than they usually are, or small items that are much bigger than they are. It will give a comic effect like being in a world of war.
After hitting a fun idea, set the subject / person to look closest to the camera. How far behind you have to ask item / person number two depends entirely on how small you want it to look. The greater the difference between the actual size and the way you want the item to look, the longer distance you also need between the two objects.
- High Blender Number
A camera technique we often use to create the feeling of depth is to let something in the picture be blurred. However, that is not what we want when we are going to take perspective images since blurred, the objects get to work farther apart.
For best results, therefore, you should set the manual settings on the camera so that everything is as sharp as possible. And you do with the blender count. Proceed like this:
Set the program wheel on the camera to A (blender priority). On Canon cameras it is Off.
Adjust the blender number to at least F20 by pulling one of the reels on the camera. This means that most of the image will be sharp as long as you use a wide-angle lens.
If you bring more cameras, you should choose the camera with the least sensor (mobile phone or compact camera), since they make all the elements in the image easier.
- Proper focus
Even though a high blender number is used, one of the elements in the image may be slightly less sharp than the other. However, this can be improved by selecting the image in which the camera should focus. To select a specific focus point within the frame, enter the focus settings on the camera and select single point, preferably in the middle.
When you turn the camera toward the subject, you can lock the focus between the two elements instead of one of them. For the sharpest possible result, lock the focus point about 1/3 behind the nearest object . To lock the focus, press the shutter button halfway down to bring a red or green focus edge to the desired location.
- Timing and precision
When the aperture and focus point are set (and you still hold the shutter button halfway down) it is time to fine-tune the objects to each other. Move the camera to the side or up and down so you have the items exactly where you want them and take a photo.
- It is allowed to try several times
I would also recommend taking more than one photo per idea. Micro adjustments can have a lot to say here. With hope pictures, it is especially important to try several times to make the situation look realistic.