How to Take Levitation Photography

How to Take Levitation Photography
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Jun

How to Take Levitation Photography

Equipment

  • Tripod
  • Digital Camera
  • Step Stool or Similar
  • Intervalometer
  • Photoshop

Methods

There is more than one way to skin a cat and to levitate. We’ll skip the cat thing for now and focus on how you can get great levitation pictures like the one displayed below.

The Jump Method

This is the easiest but not typically the best, the jump method is exactly what it sounds like. It doesn’t look natural and you might even get hurt trying to pull it off.

How to Take Levitation Photography

Using only my camera on a tripod and an infrared remote to trigger the shots, you will just jump and twist your body in different angles until you get some shots you can use. Make sure the camera is set to continuous shooting mode to get something you can use.

The Support Method

Using a support of some kind, like a stool, your model or subject will rest on this support.

Next, you’ll take three photos with your camera in the same position. Make sure they have identical framing tool. You need a tripod.

The first shot is an identically framed shot of just the scene without the subject and the second photo is the portrait. It’s very helpful to use an identical focal point and identical exposure settings between the two photos. The third shot is similar to the first one, just a framed shot.

It’s also advised that you use manual mode with manual exposure. This will ensure that neither the exposure nor focus point will drift when you shoot.

Posing Tips

Even if you’re sitting on a stool, the idea is to look like your actually levitating. You need to find a pose that looks natural. You can have them supported by a cane or another person then Photoshop those elements out later. This is probably the best way.

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