Trick Photography With Photoshop – Is It Cheating?

Trick photography with photoshop or trick photography without photoshop?  That is the question.  While I can understand the argument that using photoshop is kinda like cheating when you’re making trick photos, at the same time it’s kinda like cheating with a huge bazooka when everyone else is using slingshots.  I mean of course there are some awesome photos done using forced perspective and other trick photography techniques, but the power of photoshop cannot be ignored.

Trick Photography With Photoshop – Why You Can’t Ignore It!

Here are a few reasons why you shouldn’t be a purist when it comes to “cheating” with photoshop when doing trick photography.

1. Layers.  You see in some ways photoshop can be used to simplify the kind of shot that could also be done manually, so it is basically used as a time saver.  Take the image below:

Trick Photography With Photoshop

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Trick Photography Techniques – Forced Perspective

One of the best and simplest trick photography techniques out there is that known as forced perspective.  This is a very powerful digital photography technique and is even used in major Hollywood movies.  The general principle is that in the frame of your photo, objects in the foreground appear to be much larger than those in the background.  By aligning those objects in particular ways, one can make it look like a car can fit in a person’s hand, etc.

There are a few things you should keep in mind when trying this kind of trick photography.

Tips for Trick Photography Techniques

1. Give yourself lots of time.  This isn’t something that should be rushed or stressed.  You will have to play around with the position of your subjects quite a bit in order to create the kind of optical illusion that you’re after.  Not having adequate time set aside to accomplish that task is a sure recipe for disaster.

2. Figure out your Framing.  One of the keys to using these photo techniques is to ensure that you have the right framing.  For example, if you are trying to make a person look large and a building look small, you will need to make sure that the building doesn’t fill up too much of the frame.  That means you’ll need to be far enough away from the building that it only fills up part of the picture you’re going to take.

3. Context is Important.  Take advantage of the fact that you get to choose what is actually shown in the photograph.  For instance, your illusion will almost certainly depend on not showing certain parts of a scene since showing them would ruin the very illusion that you’re trying to create.

I hope that these photography tricks and techniques have been helpful.  All of the photo tips in the world can’t replace just getting out there and experimenting yourself with your own camera.  Photography tutorials are useful, but at the end of the day you are going to have to go out, make some mistakes, and find your own way into taking a picture that takes advantage of the forced perspective principle and other trick photography techniques.

Remember that it’s all about creating the illusion of a vast amount of space.  The concept is used in architecture, so you’re dealing with something that has been around for a while.  Even the Romans would make their columns smaller at the top to give the illusion that they were taller.

One last thing to remember is that your will want to use an F-stop that’s high enough to put all of your subjects in focus.  Just how high will depend on the distance between your subjects, but having one subject out of focus will ruin the illusion that you’re trying to create.

Have fun and experiment and I’m sure you’ll come up with your own mind blowing photographs using these trick photography techniques.

p.s. here’s a little sample of the kinds of cool things you can do..

Trick Photography Techniques

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