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Levitation Photography Tutorial: Make Everything Float in Air

One evening, when I was lying on the bed with my laptop and camera bag next to me; editing some of my photos; and boom! This happens!

Houston, we have a problem.

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Levitation Photography

You may have not heard of the terminology, but you must have definitely seen some stunning levitation photography on the internet. In levitation pictures, everything seems to be defying gravity. The model is floating, the objects around are floating and everything is floating.

Levitation photography is a simple concept of layer masking in Photoshop. To break it down in simple terms, a picture of the scene is taken without any props and models. Later, several pictures are taken with the model and the props by suspending them in air. Then they are all brought together in Photoshop by layer masking to form one image after eliminating the suspending equipment using the first image of the blank scene. Some photographers also prefer to use the cropping method rather than layer masking.

There are two phases to creating a levitation shot. Shooting and post-processing.

Shooting

1. Work up a scene

Levitation photography is a creative process. You don’t actually need a pricey camera for it, even a basic point and shoot camera will help you create a good levitation photograph. Just work up a good scene. Think of various different positions in which you can make your model float in the air and how is it that you will do it. Normal methods which photographers use to suspend their model are:

  • Using ropes. Use real strong ones so they can support the weight of the model.
  • Using a trampoline or jump method, ask your model to jump up in the air while making the desired pose. Use burst mode to capture shots in succession.
  • Using stools, tables, chairs or any other furniture for support.

But you don’t have to stick to only these methods. Whatever (safe) method that you can come up with to float your model, will work.

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2. Set-up your camera

Apart from the trampoline method, if you are using any other support methods to keep you model suspended in the air, then you will have to use the tripod. Set your focus on the model and compose your scene to start shooting. Before you start taking pictures of the model, it’s best to take a picture of the blank scene.

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I used the support method here. I used this bucket to get myself in the position and used the self timer on my camera to get this shot.

I couldn’t actually balance myself on the bucket. My tummy hurt. So I waited for the self timer to go off and just as it was about to ha