Perspective Play: 7 Photo Projects to Try
Perspective tricks aren’t just for David Blane and circus folk.
Aside from fun house gimmicks, crafty photographers have discovered ways to turn perspective play into art.
We’ve rounded up seven of these how-dey-do-dat photo projects that will allow you to pull photographic rabbits out of hats (so to speak).
What better way to spend a day as you go upside down, get reflected, and lose yourself in these puzzling photographic adventures.
Why It’s Cool:
They’re a fun way to spend time with your photo friends and offer a chance to spice up your feed.
While these pics will leave others wondering how you pulled them off, they are surprisingly easy to accomplish and don’t require a bunch of special gear.
#1 Change Your Perspective
How to do it: The hardest part of this shot is figuring out how the final product will look.
While setting up, just imagine the wall you are standing against is the ground and the ground will look like a wall.
Lay with your back or side on the ground and put your feet against the wall.
The photographer sets up with the bottom of the frame lined up with your feet.
Try and look natural and imagine that gravity is pulling you towards the wall.
Wha-La, You just showed gravity what’s up!
#2 Upside-Down Face
hint: you can find doll glasses at craft/toy stores and make a tiny hat from construction paper
How to do it: Stick your googly eyes on your subjects chin just above their mouth.
Have them lie down with their head off the edge of a bed and their chin in the air.
Place any glasses, hats or wigs on their chinny chin.
You can cover their nose with a scarf and a wrap a white sheet around their neck and chest to highlight the face sprouting from their chin.
Now grab a camera and get your friends chin face to practice its Blue Steel.
#3 Mirror Mirror
How to do it: This classic mirror trick is the ultimate photocopier.
Simply place two mirrors facing one another and setup your subject in between the two.
The toughest part of is keeping your camera out of the frame.
Shooting from over the top of the rear mirror is a good technique.
Also, setting the mirrors at a slight angle creates an interesting mirrored hallway look that lets you shoot in from the side.
This is also a great way to create a bizzaro selfie by putting the camera at chest level and snapping yourself.
#4 Shadow Play
How to do it: When the light gets low, grab your cammy and head outside for some shadow snaps with a twist.
First find a heavily trafficked area like a running path or a park where you can catch people in action.
Now let the asphalt be your canvas, centering on shadows stretching from people’s feet.
Once you’re done capturing people’s dark side, open your pictures in a photo editor and rotate them 180 degreees.
Check out this tutorial for few (thrity to be exact) more ways to shoot your shadow!
#5 Symmetry Scavenger Hunt
How to do it: Bright flashy lights and smooth reflections float your boat? Then try out this symmetrical scavenger hunt.
Suggested topics include the moon reflected by a smooth pond, traffic lights mirrored in a car hood, or passing pedestrians doubled in a puddle.
Our example, shows hanging lights in a hotel lobby reflected by the gloss of a piano.
To capture perfect symmetry try shooting from a low angle and put the line dividing the reflection in the middle of your shot.
No fancy equipment needed for this project, in fact, your phone might be your best bet for catching reflections on the fly like in our example photo.
#6 Water Drop Wormhole
How to do it: Set up two chairs with their backs facing one another.
Attach your poster upside down along one side of the chair backs.
Clothespins a t-shirt over the chairs, and ball up the another t-shirt on top.
Fill up your water pitcher and place a bowl underneath the shirts to catch the water.
Pour water on the shirts and use the falling stream to focus.
Once the steady stream of water slows down to a drip start snapping pics.
Make sure you have a high ISO, a fast shutter speed, and if the room is dim you may need to use your flash.
Notice that your upside down poster appears right side up in the water drop wormhole!
#7 Clone Yourself
How to do it: The app Split Pic 2.0 makes it super easy to create photo clones of yourself with nothing but your phone.
Launch the app and choose a layout.
You can have a friend model or snap yourself using the timer.
Split Pic divides your screen into panels and you take a new shot for each section. Just make sure to keep the camera steady.
Once you finish with the sections you can move and zoom each panel to line things up.
There’s a handy tool to blur the lines between sections and an assortment of filters.
Now you know the basics, get creative! Put your head on your cats body, make your shadow into a ghost, or show the different stages of getting dressed for dinner.
You can also try cloning in super-mega-high-def with your DSLR!
Taking It Further
- Round up your friends and family for an exclusive upside down portrait sesh.
- Architecture more your speed? Get inspired by these cool upside down houses.
- Take a page out of Nate Bolts book, bolt a couch to the wall, and make a sideways photo booth.