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9 Funny Optical Illusions That Make Regular-Sized People Look Like Giants


Funny optical illusions are always a treat to see in photos nowadays. Although these clever eye tricks are also enjoyable in drawings or paintings, we probably get the most kick out of seeing real-life people trying this “magic” out for themselves in front of the camera. It’s no wonder why forced perspective optical illusions are top choices for many of these creative folks.

Forced perspective is a popular optical illusion in which an object appears smaller, larger, nearer, or further away than it actually is. According to PetaPixel, this illusion can be achieved in photography if you simply control the distance and vantage point of the camera. Think back to the last time you took a photo. You probably remember that when something — or someone — was far away from your camera lens, it looked pretty small in the final photo. However, if you get creative with the ways that you position different objects or people in an image, you’ll find out that you can actually control how big or small they all look. 

As you might imagine, the best techniques for forced perspective vary widely on the specific background of the photo and all the people involved in the process. But don’t think you need a fancy photography class to create successful forced perspective optical illusions: all you really need is a working camera and some creativity. So, let these illusion pictures of regular-sized people who look like giants serve as inspiration to you before you get snapping!

Scroll down to see some of the best forced perspective optical illusions, then click on the circular buttons below your favorite image to share it instantly with friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest!

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