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Practical tips on how to improve your levitation photos in trick photography

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Levitation photos is a type of trick photography that has seen a recent boost in popularity. Many people around the world are now forming photography clubs, workshops, and meet ups dedicated levitation photos. The rise of social media has made it extremely easy for us to share our photographic creations instantly with anyone around the world, so everyone with a camera are starting to join in this fun new endeavor. In levitation photography, the challenge is to snap pictures that makes people looks as if they can defy gravity, levitate, or float effortlessly. The results are often surreal, beautiful, funny, and even poignant. All you need is a willing human model and a fast shutter speed. More complex levitation shots are usually done with a little bit of digital manipulation in software, as some pose are impossible to achieve without some hidden support. Here are some tips for getting great levitation shots.

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									   Practical tips on how to improve
    your levitation photos in trick
              photography
                       Written by Jim T May (http://trick-photography.org)




Levitation photos is a type of trick photography that has seen a recent boost in
popularity. Many people around the world are now forming photography clubs,
workshops, and meet ups dedicated levitation photos. The rise of social media has
made it extremely easy for us to share our photographic creations instantly with anyone
around the world, so everyone with a camera are starting to join in this fun new
endeavor.


In levitation photography, the challenge is to snap pictures that makes people looks as if
they can defy gravity, levitate, or float effortlessly. The results are often surreal,
beautiful, funny, and even poignant. All you need is a willing human model and a fast
shutter speed. More complex levitation shots are usually done with a little bit of digital
manipulation in software, as some pose are impossible to achieve without some hidden
support. Here are some tips for getting great levitation shots.


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Details matter a lot


The biggest challenge is to create the impression that the model is really levitating. Pay
careful attention to the face, feet, clothes, hair, and other small clues that suggests a
jump. Flowing clothes like a scarf or skirt can really add to the effect if done right. Some
of the clever tricks involve using pins and other apparatus to keep the hair and clothes
neat and tidy in mid-jump. You can also emphasize the effect by creating contrast with
the background. If you feature a floating person in between a crowd of ordinary ground-
based people, this makes the effect that extra special. Remove any blurring that might
suggest motion by using a fast shutter speed, somewhere in the region of 1/500 of a
second or faster.
Baffle them with weird poses


It helps if your model is athletic and can pull off odd poses in mid-air. The more unusual
the pose, the harder it is to figure out how it was done. The trick photographer can
accentuate this further by finding good and artistic angles. If you want them to look like
they're flying high, get as low as possible with the camera. Imagine if you could craft a
levitation photo of someone floating perfectly horizontal a few inches above a lake with
no visible sign of support. The effect will leave people puzzled as to how it's done, thus
reinforcing that wonderful floating feeling. A great example of using unorthodox poses is
Li Wei, a Chinese performance artist who creates incredible photos of himself flying and
floating in an urban environment, reportedly risking life and limb. You don't have to go
so far, but getting a bit creative will definitely improve your shots.


Be prepared to sweat


Don't be satisfied with just one shot, repeat it as many times as possible to get the shot
where everything is perfect. Natsumi Hayashi, a serial levitator of YowaYowaCamera
fame reportedly does upwards of 300 jumps just to get that perfect shot. Each of her
session could last as short as 10 minutes to more than an hour. Plan out the shot
beforehand and make sure to have good communication between photographer and
model. You wouldn't want to tire out your model unnecessarily.


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Jim blogs about trick photography and special effects techniques, that people use to create
stunning photographs. You can sign up at his Trick Photography site to receive a free report on
the top 10 trick photography ideas for travel photos. Jim also has written an in-depth review of
Evan Sharboneau's Trick Photography ebook. Please feel free to share this document with your
family and friends if you think itʼll interest them, thanks!

								
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