The effects of distortion

Distortion in an image has a great impact on the viewer— especially when the subject is the human body. photographic distortion alters the original shape of an image and its effects are surprising, sometimes shocking, views of what is usually so familiar and predictable. Distortion is usually considered undesirable, but it can be used in very effective ways; for example, to create intriguing bodyscapes, or to exaggerate a pose. A wide-angle lens is the ideal tool for creating distortion; the elements closest to the lens will automatically appear enlarged and the subject will be stretched toward the edges of the frame. You can also create interesting effects simply by experimenting with unusual viewpoints.

Unusual Viewpoint Photos

Unusual aspects here, a low and close-up viewpoint has the effect of exaggerating different parts of the model's body. By positioning myself so that one element became the foreground of each image, she takes on a strangely unreal quality. it doesn't matter if an element is so close that the lens is unable to focus sharply—this is exactly what happens with the human eye, and only adds to the overall effect.

Unusual aspects here, a low and close-up viewpoint has the effect of exaggerating different parts of the model's body. By positioning myself so that one element became the foreground of each image, she takes on a strangely unreal quality. it doesn't matter if an element is so close that the lens is unable to focus sharply—this is exactly what happens with the human eye, and only adds to the overall effect.

Exaggerated Perspective Nude

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Photographic Distortion

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Wide Lens Nude Photo

Elongating the body

For these images i got down very low with my wide-angle lens in order to elongate the model's legs. This technique is sometimes used — in a more subtle way—by fashion photographers, to make their models look taller. Distortion can also be used to create graphic abstraction, to emphasize unusual viewpoints, and to focus on interesting connections between elements within the image.

Wide Lens Nude Photo

The widening effect

Some distortion effects created by wide-angle lenses are best avoided altogether Because this kind of lens "pulls" the subject to the edges of the image, it can widen as well as elongate the body in the image on the left the model is positioned to one side, and so has been pulled outward to that side. To avoid the worst of this effect, place your model more centrally in the frame, as i did in the image on the right.

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  • liisi rosberg
    What is exaggerated perspective?
    7 years ago

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