Photography Tips: Selective Focus

Photography Tips: Selective Focus

Beautiful flower dresses by Elaine Zelker. Flower Dress Photography. Forced Perspective. Selective Focus. Flower Dress perspective photography.

What is Selective Focus (or Forced Perspective) Photography?

Selective Focus (or Forced Perspective) photography is a technique that uses optical illusions to make an object appear farther away, closer, larger or smaller than it actually is. Making foregrounds and backgrounds drastically out of focus to highlight a sharp subject—or just part of a sharp subject—is a common technique. Depending on the lens of course.

These can make for great art pieces. Here are some cool ones I found on the internet to share:  (HERE)

How did I do this???

Here’s a little BTS (behind the scenes) shot.

Before:

Behind the Scenes. Beautiful flower dresses by Elaine Zelker. Flower Dress Photography. Forced Perspective. Selective Focus. Flower Dress perspective photography.

After:

Behind the Scenes. Beautiful flower dresses by Elaine Zelker. Flower Dress Photography. Forced Perspective. Selective Focus. Flower Dress perspective photography.

With some editing, I was able to remove the hand. 🙂

As you can see, the focus is on the flower (not the girl). I used my Tamron 90mm f/2.8 lens. The aperture was f/25 (needed to see some of the girl), and the speed was 1/50. I’d probably go with my 50mm next time. With help of an assistant to hold the flower, the perspective that the girl is wearing the rose dress was made. She was standing about 20 feet away from the flower. You have to practice to get the right alignment.

These are so fun to do!!

Beautiful flower dresses by Elaine Zelker. Flower Dress Photography. Forced Perspective. Selective Focus. Flower Dress perspective photography.

(this is a tad blurry, but I still love it!)

Here’s one I did a few years ago! My first!!

How to shoot Selective Focus Photography. Beautiful flower dresses by Elaine Zelker. Flower Dress Photography. Forced Perspective. Selective Focus. Flower Dress perspective photography.

I’ll definitely be trying more of these in the future!

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