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The single easiest way to take a trick photo is to use the concept of forced perspective. This is when you use the illusion of depth perception to create a photograph that makes it look like one thing is much bigger than another, or you can also make it look like something is sitting on something else, when it’s not. Here are some examples of what I’m talking about.

1. Holding Up A Leaning Building. The most classic example of this is course that famous gravity defying tower in Pisa, but the same concept can be applied to other buildings that appear to be leaning. Unfortunately if you happen to be in Italy and take that shot, it’s not like it hasn’t been done before and is one of the most overused trick photo examples out there. People hold it with their legs, one hand, one finer, their heads, etc. You get the idea.

2. Big Small. Another common illusion to create is to make one person look a lot bigger or a lot smaller than another. By placing one person much further away from the camera and one quite close, you can do things like make it look like someone is really tiny and is being held in the palm of someone’s hand. The best way to accomplish this is to use a location that is flat, like a beach or a field.

3. Sun Or Moon. The sun and the moon are often used to create trick photos because they’re shaped like a ball. The key is to take advantage of the sunrise and the sunset, when the sun is low enough in the horizon that it can look like a basketball or a glowing orb.

4. Huge Hand. You’ve probably seen this one. There is a giant hand coming into the photo, which most of the time belongs to the photographer, but can also be the hand of a friend. The hand is very close to the camera, so it appears to be really big. For instance you can reach out with your hand and appear to be picking up a house that is in the distance and thus looks really small. This is a great little illusion and can be used very effectively once you get the hang of it.

5. Clouds. The shapes of clouds are always changing, and can look like smoke or even ice cream. One thing you could do when there is a could that looks like a trail of smoke is to hold up a cigarette and make it appear that the cloud is the smoke coming out the end of it. Clouds really provide an endless source of trick photography ideas.

The best thing you can do is to grab your camera and go out there and start experimenting. You’ll be surprised at how much inspiration there is once you actually get started and how much fun using these trick photography techniques can really be.


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