Forced Perspective Is Magical And You Can Try It Too

Forced perspective manipulates the way you see things. With some techniques and playing with optical illusions, you can make things look bigger, smaller, more horizontal, more vertical, more dangerous or even alive. Filmmakers, photographers and artists in general have been using this for decades and I'm sure you did it too, without even thinking.

It's a good way to impress your social media friends and fans, and here you have a few ideas that are as easy as standing apart or as difficult as finding the exact place and the exact time. Grab your camera and prepare to learn 50 photos that prove that perspective is magical and you can try it too. Sometimes things are not the way you see them. Take a look at these pictures that prove that perspective is magical.

Advertisements

 

SWIMMING IN THE DESERT

flickr

This magic doesn't take much: Just a bottle of water, a desert landscape, a camera and lots of cleverness. He looks like he is swimming in this bottle in the middle of nothing.

INCLINED

pinimg

The world is tilted aside in this incredible photo. Grab what's nearby, this looks dangerous! When you see it for the first time, you don't realize that they are simply lying on the floor.

LYING ON THE ROOF

pinimg

It took me a while to figure this one out. And then, I just saw it and it was too obvious, do you see it? The city is a reflection on the water and the photo is upside down!

ONE WITH THE ROAD

pinterest

I don't know if this one was accidental, but it looks awesome! You can't tell where the girl ends and where the road starts. To do this photo you just need the proper road and the proper girl. Kinda impossible.

BIKE

pinterest

He took out the bike's wheel to achieve this forced perspective photo. It is not that awesome, but we will give it an extra point for the effort and for being in the right place.

GOAL

mymodernmet

Who says astronomy and basketball don't go together? It took both knowledges to get this awesome photo. It was taken in the exact place in the exact moment and it really looks like the moon is getting into the basket.

THE POOL

infolific

This must take a lot of strength! It seems like she is just hanging out by a water wall. But in fact, she is just hanging from the edge of the pool! This one is easy to try.

HANGING

imgur

Hold on in there, my friend! I'm going to get some help! Oh, wait. That's a…? That's a Tunnel! And you are just messing with me! This is an awesome example of forced perspective.

LIGHT AS PAPER

mybridalpix

They say love lift us up where we belong. But sometimes love needs some extra help. These bride and groom took the perfect magical photo just… lying on the floor.

THE GREAT WALL

reddit

Are you tired of the same old tourist photos? That's easy to solve! Do this trick and people will think you are very normal. You will be a social media smash.

SUPERMAN

artlimited

We can't encourage you to do this. This guy went to the mall, dressed up like Superman and lye on the electric stairs to take this photo and he didn't get kicked out? I can't believe that.

ABDUCTION

xensesblog

This is the only visual evidence of the "Watering Can Abduction" case. That guy was never seen again. Nah, just kidding. They only remembered to take a watering can to the lake that day.

FOOD DRESS

twistedsifter

Moms usually say "Don't play with your food" but this one takes fun photos of her daughter wearing flowers and food dresses. She looks lovely in this white broccoli dress.

MIRROR

ZDWIRED

It takes a lot of knowledge, work, patience and the proper place to achieve a photo like this. She looks like she is invisible, but she is only holding a mirror that reflects what's in front of her.

LAKE

pinimg

Is that water cold or hot? You can easily know that with this perspective trick, you just have to throw a rock. This certainly looks like a giant hand getting a finger in this pond.

MARILYN

adsttc

I know what you are thinking: Yes, he goes everywhere with a Marilyn Monroe stencil in his pocket. You never know when you might find a building shaped like her dress.

HOW’S IT HANGING, PAL?

poptronics

This is a cute trick to imitate with your couple or your friends. Because it is always better to spend time doing this silly things, you know? Who needs tourism?

SPOON

pinimg

You only need a table, a spoon and a face, that's all it takes to create this effect. What scares me a little is that face on the left, is she a ghost?

COLORS

demilked

This is a piece of art made by artist George Russell. He loves to play with color and perspective. Isn't this awesome? It looks like an edited photo but it isn't.

OKAY

imgur

I don't know if that thing is going in or getting out. I don't know why is she wearing those high heels in the desert either. But, who cares? This photo is very funny.

STREET ART

pinimg

This kind of 3D drawings in the street are becoming very popular throughout the world. This one is awesome and very detailed, it looks like an actual mouth getting out the floor.

TREE D.

imgur

This is awesome, is another type of street art. You can't see the edges, you only see a huge colorful tree breaking the floor with the roots and reaching the roof with its top.

CORNER

sobadsogood

I bet you can't take two walls and turn them into this. This alligator and those silver words look like a real thing, but they are actually part of a huge painting.

BARCELONA

pinimg

This photo taken on the streets of Barcelona (Spain) would be a regular photo, but when you see it upside down it looks like a magical and unsettling photo, don't you think?

BEHEADED

blogspot

This photo was taken by chance. When you see it for the first time it looks like the heads are apart of the body. And that's actually right: The heads don't belong to the body.

PICTURE

picfuno

This is a fun way to update your memories. You can take those photos you took in places you are about to visit again and do this cool thing for your instagram.

TAKE ME TO CHURCH

webeneel

This is a true classic. You've probably seen a lot of variants of this photo, including the most famous ones: Holding the Eiffel Tower and Leaning on the Tower of Pisa.

HOW DID HE GET THERE?

smashingwall

I hope this is actually a forced perspective trick. He looks like he is hanging from that tree, but he is probably only jumping. How did he come up with this?

CRAZY WORLD

pinimg

This guy has very strong arms. What amazes me the most is that he looks like he is just standing by a tree, nothing too incredible or weird, just standing by a tree.

WATERFALL

pinimg

This one is really good because it is hard to imagine that the waterfall is actually a huge waterfall that is very far away. Cool mind trick, I want to try it.

PISA

funnyneel

This is what I was talking about a few photos ago. A classic forced perception with a little twist. This guy gets an A for originality and a B for execution.

THE LAST DROP

dashburst

This one is a stunning photograph, taken in the exact moment in the exact place. Don't you love those colors, that light, the textures, that water drop falling right above his head?

SALT

blogdelfotografo

The Uyuni Salt Flat in Bolivia is a classic place for forced perspective photos. The unique white floor gives the pictures an incredible uniform effect that makes them look like optical illusions.

BEARD

loqueva

At first glance all you see is a bearded red headed. But when you look closely, you discover that there's a woman's back in front of the guy. Since they are both wearing black shirts the effect is perfect.

OSTRICH

oddstuffmagazine

This is so funny. The ostrich's face got in between the girl and the camera and delivered this optical illusion that makes the bird looks like she has long weaves.

GIANT DOG

twistedsifter

Another great photo taken in the exact moment in the exact place. The dog looks gigantic near these two girls, but it is actually much closer than they are. The running helps creating the effect.

THE EYE

flickr

Be careful the next time you do your dishes, because there's an eye looking at you. You probably found that out, but this eye is made of two spoons and the sink drain.

BUS

buenosairesfotografia

There's times when we are bored and we start playing and acting like we are giants. Turn this into an art form by taking an awesome picture like this one.

FISHY EYES

recreoviral

Recreating this one might be a little… smelly. But if for some reason you really need two fishy eyes you can grab the little friends from the fridge and do this.

SAND ART

philebersole

This photo is amazing! And all they used was a free beach, a stick, a lot of imagination and a lot of talent. You can try only with the first two, but we can't guarantee the result.

STEALING THE MOON

fimagenes

You can force this one. I mean, it is forced perspective but not in that way. This was a matter of luck and being in the proper place. Unless that crane is actually carrying the moon.

MAGIC CARPET

mediacentrum

When you see it you can unsee it. The shadow of the flag and the that surface where she stands, along with the sand creates this magical effect. Maybe she is singing "A Whole New World"

SAND, SEA, SKY.

dumpaday

I don't know what to think, she went to the beach dressed that way casually or she knew that she was going to do this? I bet she did it casually, no one can think this up. Of course she did this on purpose!

TOY CARS

lavozdelmuro

If you want to play with little toy cars while in the office, ask for a window and a parking lot view, so you can do this trick. Also, there has to be another floor above you. Too complicated.

DOG FIGHT

imgur

That dog is about to eat that other dog! That dog is not giant and the other one is not from Lilliput, they are just regular dogs standing at a distance that creates this effect.

STRONG

kym-dcn

Is that Richard Gere? Is he lifting an island? I don't think that is Richard Gere and he is certainly not lifting that island, is just a fun effect you can do in your holidays.

SELFIE

boredpanda

This is the statue of The Little Mermaid, an icon of Copenhagen, and this guy is making her take a selfie. I think he is actually the same guy from the Marilyn photo, this is sort of his thing.

LIGHT UP

forcedperspective

This is a nice way to spend time. Instead of looking at the gorgeous sunset, just take a minute to act like if you are lighting a cigarette with the sun. Or not.

JURASSIC PARK

pinimg

Oh my god, this girl is being chased by a giant tyrannosaurus rex! This would be very scary but that dinosaur is a fake and is not as big as you think it is.

ONE STEP

pinimg

This one is an easy one to imitate when you are bored with your friends, because you only need two people and a shoe. Well, and a camera, of course.

Advertisements