Cut ’em down to size

It may look like Pho­to­shop trick­ery, but Tom Welsh is ac­tu­ally play­ing with per­spec­tive

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Force per­spec­tive to cre­ate a mon­ster of an il­lu­sion, all in-cam­era!

Forced per­spec­tive is where you place a sub­ject nearer to or fur­ther from the cam­era to al­ter their ap­par­ent size, and then make them ‘in­ter­act’ with some­thing else in the frame. A clas­sic ex­am­ple of this is the Lean­ing Tower of Pisa snap, where tourists pre­tend to be push­ing the tower up­right. Here, though, we’re go­ing to have fun with a toy di­nosaur.

This project doesn’t re­quire any fancy kit – we used a Nikon D610 plus 24-85mm kit lens. What will make or break your pho­tos is how well you can direct your model. You are the only one who can see how the im­age looks, so your model will need to hold their pose while you tweak the com­po­si­tion. A tiny move­ment can al­ter the im­age dra­mat­i­cally, so pop your cam­era on a tri­pod be­fore you get started.

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