Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Forced Perspective Photography

To continue to develop creative problem-solving skills by creating forced perspective photographs in a unique original way; 
To practice altering perspective and looking at subjects in a unique way;
To further develop your Photoshop knowledge and skills;

Overall, in this assignment, I feel that I had both successes and challenges. One of my successes that I felt I had was that I created a variety of forced perspective photos. Through my exploration of Pinterest for ideas, I came to realize that there are three major categories of forced perspective photos. One category is photos that capture moments that could have possibly occurred but look very weird, usually due to the scale of one of the items in the picture such as someone blowing up a huge balloon or someone inside a jar. My top picture of Roya "balancing" on the pile of rocks is where I attempted to use that method. The next category I came across was photos that simply couldn't happen but still look very cool. My middle photo, of my friend Jill meditating on my dogs tongue, is an example of this. Lastly, I saw a lot of photos that didn't even need photoshop, but were simply created by lining people or objects up in a way that makes an "optical illusion" type scene. I did this with my last photo of someone holding up a mug with  a cloud to look like steam. Although you didn't need to, I did choose to use photoshop to create this, as that was the purpose of the assignment. I feel like the biggest challenge I had was coming up with ideas. There were plenty of ideas I saw on Pinterest and google that would be easy, but they didn't look cool or realistic in any sense. For me, this was a project of trial and error because I kept attempting to tackle the cooler, more illusory ideas and, oftentimes, they simply would not come out the way I wanted them to. The layering often looked off, which made the photo look very edited. Although it is obvious that some forced perspective photographs are edited, it should be done in a way that it could actually look real if our common sense wasn't there to tell us it's not possible for, for example, a human to be completely inside a dog's mouth.

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