Trick photography and special effects techniques
Post on 03-Jul-2015
DESCRIPTIONIf you're ready to take your photography skills to the next level and have some fun, read on to discover the different trick photography and special effects techniques that you can instantly use. We'll cover 3 of the more common trick photography and special effects techniques as they require very little extra effort to get started.
- 1. Trick photography and special effectstechniquesWritten by Jim T May (http://trick-photography.org)If youre ready to take your photography skills to the next level and have some fun, read on todiscover the different trick photography and special effects techniques that you can instantlyuse. Well cover 3 of the more common trick photography and special effects techniques asthey require very little extra effort to get started.Most of these techniques wont require you to buy any special equipment. You can get startedwith any decent digital camera (preferably a DLSR) and a tripod for night time photography. Asfor trick photography software, you need at least a good photo editing software like AdobePhotoshop or a free alternative like Gimp. Once you get the hang of it and your skills improve,you can consider investing in higher-end cameras and special effects software. But enoughabout hardware and software, onwards to the techniques!Forced perspective photographyIf youve seen pictures of the Leaning Tower of Pisa taken by tourists, youll definitely havecome across forced perspective photos. These usually depict people "pushing" the tower withtheir bare hands. This is probably the most overused trick photography technique for thatlandmark.Forced perspective employs optical illusion through clever positioning of the photographer andthe subject matter. So to achieve that effect you position yourself nearer to the camera so youlook bigger than the tower from the point of view of the camera, and you hold up your handswhile the photographer adjust their position to line up your hands against the wall perfectly tocreate the illusion of you "pushing" the tower.
2. There are endless variation you can try to create interesting photos, such as making yourselflook taller than a building, holding up a person with your bare hands, interact with animpossibly large object, and more.Long exposure photographyLong exposure trick photography techniques are usually taken at night or under low-lightconditions. Basically you set the shutter speed of your camera to a longer duration so you getsharp details of stationary elements in your images while blurring, smearing, or obscuring themoving elements. You need a tripod when attempting long exposure photography to get clearand crisp images.The most common examples you might have seen are night-time city street photos with thosesurreal long streaks of light made by passing car headlamps. Other common examples arepictures of the skies during night time where you can see the trails of stars. Or you can alsohave fun creating light paintings where you can "paint" a picture with a bright light sourceagainst a dark scene to create spectacular and vivid images.Tilt-shift photographyTilt-shift photography literally refers to the tilting and shifting of the camera lens to achieveselective focus. This technique is more commonly known for creating miniature versions of reallife images. Certain part of the image is in very sharp focus, but other regions are graduallyblurred. This creates the illusion that the people or cars inside the image look like miniaturetoys.Youll need to get special camera lens with tilt and shift capabilities, but you can also fake thiseffect using software. In fact, this technique has recently become so popular that you can install 3. software apps on your smartphone to automatically produce the fake miniature images youtake using your smartphones camera directly.Experiment and have fun!Try to incorporate some of these techniques into your everyday or travel snapshots, and youllalready be miles ahead of many people who take plain and uninteresting photos. Sometimeswe take photos as if were at a crime scene, to document all the important bits to be submittedas "evidence" that we were there. While there is nothing wrong with this kind of clinicalapproach, it sure doesnt hurt to have a little fun once in a while with your pictures.Jim blogs about trick photography and special effects techniques, that people use to create stunningphotographs. You can sign up at his Trick Photography site to receive a free report on the top 10 trickphotography ideas for travel photos. Please feel free to share this document with your family andfriends if you think itll interest them, thanks!