Perspective can really play tricks with your mind check out this great compilation of photographs that will make you look twice…enjoy
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Perspective is defined as:
“The art of representing three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface so as to give the right impression of their height, width, depth, and position in relation to each other.”
With regards to perspective in photography, we are talking about the spatial relationship objects have to one another from the perspective of the camera lens.
Things that are further away seem small compared to objects closer to the camera. Parallel lines appear to get closer together the further away they are. Think of tall buildings appearing to go almost to a point as you look up at them or a straight road reaching out into the distance and getting narrower the further it stretches away from us.
Wide angle lenses can greatly exaggerate perspective, distorting the image captured particularly so with lenses wider than 16mm and particularly towards the edges of the frame. Fish-eye lenses create surreal images from the most mundane of scenes. Wider angle lenses make objects appear further way from one another. Telephoto lens compress objects captured making them appear closer together from front to back.
Sometimes this can cause problems for photographers capturing photos of buildings, to combat this tilt and shift lenses can be used which can offset the effects of perspective as they are angled upwards.
The video above perfectly demonstrates how positioning people can provide funny consequences even with mid range lenses which in themselves aren’t having any effect on the captured image. It is the subjects and their relationship to one another and the camera that provide the humorous illusions.