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07-04-2008, 02:50 PM   #1
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"Trick" photography help

For a while now, I've wanted to take a photo where it looked like my son was driving one of his 1:16 scale toy cars. Yes, I could do this in Photoshop, but I want to do it in-camera.

I finally got around to trying it today and failed miserably. What's the best way to do this? What distances should I be playing with between him and the car, and between the car and the camera? Today, the car was probably about 25 feet in front of him, and I was maybe another ten feet in front of that. I only stopped down to f/11‒maybe f/32 would have done it‒but neither was in focus. Plus, he was still too big compared to the car.

I also only tried with the kit lens. Maybe something longer would help. My only long lens at the moment is a MF Vivitar that's not very good. I may give it a go anyway. The sun's back out now, and maybe I can go all the way to f/32 if I need to.

Thanks.

Joe

07-04-2008, 03:21 PM   #2
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Try with a shorter focal length. It will increase depth of field and compress increase apparent distance, so you wont have to "stretch" the 2 main subjects so far apart. Also, avoid flash, since the car will be overexposed compared to your kid. Have fun!
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