Creative Vacation Photos with Forced Perspective

Everyone loves to take pictures on vacation, but sometimes the best pictures are the ones that tell a different story than what is really happening. Over the past few years, we have taken some fun forced perspective pictures to help create lasting family memories. If you are ready to take some creative vacation photos with forced perspective, these ideas may help you get some knock out images!

Creative Photos with Forced Perspective

We’ve all seen the pictures with someone holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa or holding the moon in their hand. But how do they do it? With a little patience and imagination, you can take some super fun forced perspective pictures on your own.

Forced Perspective is when you give the viewer the impression that an object is larger, smaller, closer, or farther away than it actually is. You can do this by moving either the object or the person closer or farther away and manipulating the finished picture.

It takes a little time to get the perfect shot and you have to be willing to look a little crazy. The best forced perspective pictures happen when you have a really large object that is way off in the distance. In this picture, the Nashville Parthenon is off in the distance and my husband and son were up close. I told them where to hold their hands based on what I was seeing through the lens of the camera. It took several attempts to get this picture but it turned out fun.

Sarah from Savoring the Good shared this picture with me of her recent trip to the Louvre in Paris. Sure, she could have taken a selfie or a picture just posing in front of the landmark, but this picture just tells a different story and gives you a fun vacation memory.

When you see a building or object off in the distance, start thinking about ways you could interact with the object. On this visit to Monticello, we realized the kids were in a perfect spot to look like they were leaning over on top of Thomas Jefferson’s home.

Reality check: It takes alot of time to get the perfect picture and other tourist may want the perfect spot that you are using. So take your time, but be considerate of others while you work for your perfect forced perspective picture!

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

You can also use people as your far away object. In this picture, my daughter was down at the bottom of the steps near the lake and my son was at the top. He stayed up close and I directed his hands so it looked like he was pinching his sister.

Some pictures don’t really have a forced perspective option on the spur of the moment, but they are out of scale and fun just like they are. When you something that is out of proportion or off scale, then just take a picture and see what you can create! This frying pan at Black Dog Salvage was just begging for a fun picture!

Have you ever taken any fun forced perspective pictures? I’d love to see your vacation pictures and how you have changed the perception of reality. Let’s have some fun! Make sure you tag me on social media so I can see your pictures!

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