Forced perspective is more about finding the right subject and the best angle to shoot from to line everything up than it is about getting to grips with camera controls. Be prepared to crouch or lie on the ground or take your picture from a high angle in order to create a convincing result.
Simple ideas often work best, so once you spot an opportunity, look for ways to exclude parts of the scene that don't add to your story. Try playing with scale: if you want to make a small subject look big relative to background details, then you'll need to get close with a wide lens or stand farther away and zoom in. You can even include yourself in the image – try reaching out one of your arms in front of the camera and appearing to interact with objects in the distance.
Why not explore this technique in video form too? The go-anywhere Canon IVY REC
shoots Full HD movies at and 13MP stills, giving you the best of both worlds. It's clippable, shockproof* and waterproof**, so you can have fun with forced perspectives everywhere from the beach to the skate park.
If you're sharing your forced perspective image and videos on Instagram, don't forget to use #FreeYourStory – we'd love to see your results!
Written by Marcus Hawkins
*Shockproof up to 6.6 ft./2m. The shock resistant testing methods are unique to this product and do not guarantee against damage or malfunction of the product.
**Waterproof up to 30 min. at a depth of 2m or 6.6 ft. Tested in freshwater only. If exposed to non-freshwater, rinsing immediately with freshwater is recommended.