Assignment #6 – Creating Forced Perspective

Assignment due October 27.

Forced perspective is a photographic optical illusion that takes advantage of depth perception and camera placement to make two or more objects look different than they would in reality.

Forced perspective in photography is made possible by the single lens of the camera. Unlike your eyes, which work in tandem to create depth perception, the camera only has one eye, which means there is no depth perception and things seem flat and two-dimensional.  This is primarily used to make things seem larger or smaller, defy gravity or merge two things to create a new image.


This assignment can be worked on in-class.  Your assignment is to choose one of the following categories below and take a photograph using forced perspective. Email your best photograph with your name, date, and assignment information.

For those of you going on the field trip to DC, one photograph from the trip must be emailed to the yearbook account. Use a rule of composition (rule of thirds, leading lines, framing, diagonals or see Assignment#2 for examples.) Email your name, date, the rule used, and any other interesting information from the trip by October 27th.

This will be one of the mandatory yearbook photos required from photography students.

You can not use the same photograph for both assignments but you can use two different photographs taken from the field trip.


Making things look larger or smaller:



Defying gravity:




Merging two or more things:

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