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Have Fun With Forced Perspectives - You can create some really interesting shots with the forced perspective technique.

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Words by Emma Kay.

Forced perspective
Photo by Marielle Leenen (a.pic.a.day)

Forced perspectives can be a really fun way to shoot landscapes and famous landmarks.  This technique involves tricking the human eye to make it think something impossible is possible. For eample, you could make a person appear taller than a building, for example, so they can grab the Eiffel tower, for instance.

To make this technique work, you need to spend some time getting your positioning right so the object you're working with sits in the correct part of your frame or appears larger/smaller than you. You can make it look like you are either grabbing, poking or leaning on the object. You may find you need to make tiny adjustments, moving slightly to the left /right or moving yourself further away from the background to make the optical illusion work.

It can take a lot of playing around and patience , but it is well worth persevering as you can create some really interesting and often amusing shots. These photos can make great holiday memories. An iconic example is holding the spire on the top of the Taj Mahal, holding the Leaning Tower Of Pisa up or touching the top of the Eiffel Tower.

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