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Why Clouds Are The Best Trick Photography Props
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Why Clouds Are The Best Trick Photography Props

There are all kinds of sources of inspiration to make trick photos but for me clouds are the number one source. Some people like to use the moon or the sun, or giant leaning buildings, but clouds have a sublime quality to them that I find very inspiring. Here are three reasons why I think clouds are where it’s at when it comes to trick photography ideas.

Clouds Rock

1. No Other People Required. One thing about clouds is they don’t require more than the photographer to take awesome forced perspective shots. So you get the freedom of just grabbing your camera and tripod and going out there and taking some cool pictures.

2. Availability. I guess this depends a little on where you live, but if you’re not one of those people lucky enough to live in a place with endless sunny days (and there aren’t so many of those places really) then you should have an inspiring palette of clouds available to you most of the time. And you don’t have to time it for a specific time of day, like you do if you’re using the sun or the moon.

3. Variation. The shapes of clouds are always changing. One moment they can look like a big cotton ball and the next they can look like a trail of smoke. If you don’t like what they look like one minute, you just have to wait a few minutes. Basically you get a new location every few minutes without having to move yourself at all.

4. Instant Depth Illusion. Think about it. Clouds are so far away already that you don’t have to worry about getting the kind of separation normally required to create the whole big small illusion. Hard to find something that is further away than a cloud.

5. The Great Outdoors. This might seem obvious but clouds are outside so you get the added benefit of being outside when you’re taking trick photos using clouds. Some trick photography techniques are easier to use inside, but chances are you’ll find other things to inspire you when you’re out shooting clouds. Plus all that fresh air is good for the soul.

I’m sure you’ll be able to come up with some better cloud trick photography examples than the picture attached to this article. So get out there with your camera and see what you can do. In this case, the sky really is the limit.


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