3 Tips for Great Perspective Photography

Perspective photography adds depth and dimension to the picture. Perspective is an important part of photography, especially landscape photography. Knowing how perspective works and how to use it when taking photographs is key. Perspective can hugely influence the way an image will look. It depends on the angle of the picture and the length of the focal that is used.

1. Depth

If you are looking for a sense of depth in your photographs, insert a few converging lines. The more you add, the more intense the depth will be. If you put an object in the back or foreground, the object will appear to be bigger. The closer the object is, the higher the perception of depth will be. Parallel lines that move away from the viewer result in what is commonly known as the “vanishing point” phenomenon. This can be seen with photos of railroad tracks, fences, even roads and rivers. When photographed at the right depth, these things appear to meet and even vanish the further away they appear from the viewer.

2. Forced Perspective

Using the forced perspective technique manipulates perception by using optical illusions to make the objects in the photos appear larger, farther, smaller or closer then what they really are. This is a common trick that movie makers use to portray objects on the big screen.

3. Blocking

Using one object to partially obscure another object in the same photo will give the perspective that one object is closer, even if it is not. This type of photography gives the viewer a sense of depth and a 3-D reality. This is one of the easiest ways to achieve perspective.