Silent films of the early 20th century had some pretty breathtaking stunts that would be made using a green screen in modern days. Just think of Harold Lloyd’s famous clock scene or Charlie Chaplin’s roller skating scene. Some of the stunts they filmed even seemed quite dangerous, but this video shows that it was, in fact, all a matter of perspective and clever planning.
Forced perspective is one of the most wonderfully creative tools photography affords. It allows us to create optical illusions that either baffle or simply amuse us. Or we can change the scale of items seamlessly with ease. We’ve seen it in popular movies and TV shows like Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. We probably see it far more often than we realise.
But there’s often a lot of maths and science that goes into creating forced perspective, as you can see in the LoTR clip linked above. But it doesn’t always need to be as complex as one might think. This video from John Hess explains the mathematic and photographic principles that go into forced perspective and breaks it down into simple terms.
I know that after seeing The Force Awaken everybody wanted to travel to Jakku. Only problem is, it does not exist. Neither are Tatooine, Naboo and the rest of the planets of the Star Wars galaxy.
Well, if you can’t travel to those worlds, why not create them in a studio? Photographer Felix Alejandro Hernández Rodríguez (previously) did just that. He recreated the Star Wars world in his studio and not once, but twice.
The first creation is a real, detailed, dark, Star Wars creation using realistic small-scale action figures in a series called Sandtroppers.
The photo above, as well as the photos below, were taken in camera, using knowledge and ingenuity. We reached out to Felix Alejandro Hernández Rodríguez to ask him how he made those:
Celebrating the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Adorama TV launched a new video shows with the first episode explaining the forced perspective technique.
With the timing and the subject of the episode obviously timed to go along with the new movie, how better to explain this visual effect than with an X-Wing Fighter?
To commemorate Back to the Future Day (21st October 2015), I decided to do a photoshoot of the Time Machine. (I just love movie themed shoots) This was shot on location on the top of a multi-storey car park in Woodlands, Singapore, with a 1/15th scale DeLorean Time Machine replica by Diamond Select. A little Photoshop work had to be done to exclude the table the DeLorean was placed on where some aspects of forced perspective techniques were applied.
Not too long ago, François Dourlen, a history professor from France, had the idea to snap a silly picture of the Napoleon statue in Cherbourg, in which he replaced the statue with a picture of My Little Pony that he pulled up on his iPhone. The amateur photographer took the photo as a joke to share among friends, but had so much fun making the original, he was inspired to make another. As positive feedback began pouring in, Douren made another and before you know it, he had an entire collection of these fun, pop culture inspired photos. [Read More…]
Often in photography, we are told to be different, to do things in ways that are original, unique. Do something that sets yourself apart from the rest of the pack. It’s good advice, especially as the vast pool of photographers inevitably becomes more and more saturated. In a series of photographs by Daesung Lee, the artist demonstrates his unique approach not just in his photography, but also in their exhibition.
Having printed a collection of billboard sized landscape photographs Daesung captured in Mongolia, the artist then returned with the oversized prints to the plains of Mongolia, where he blended them into the horizon using a little forced perspective. Next, Daesung had Mongols of all ages, their horses, and their cattle interact with the images. He photographed these interactions using, yet again, a brilliant example of forced perspective to create a powerful set of photographs.[Read More…]