- Levitation Photography: Techniques for Defying Gravity
- Interesting Photo of the Day: Stunning Reflection of Autumn Glory
- Photography Project Celebrates the Beauty of Mothers’ Real Bodies (Video)
- Tricks for Photographing Kids and Pets in Natural Light (Video)
Posted: 10 May 2014 08:47 PM PDT
Levitation is one of the most intriguing subjects in trick photography; it has inspired millions of people since its invention in the mid-19th century. The ability to harness the creative aspects of the photographer and combine it with real-life images has resulted in a combined revolution of art and science.
One of the simplest, yet most overwhelming and inspiring feelings is found in the types of photographs where the subject seems to levitate above the ground. Levitation photography is still one of the most eye-catching and spectacular types of photographic subjects. However, despite the seemingly complex nature of these photographs, many of them are simple to achieve, either all in-camera, or with the use of technology such as Photoshop or an application on your phone.
For most amateur or aspiring photographers, the ability to improve picture-taking skills is actually easier than we might think. This article shows you how to incorporate this type of special effect into your repertoire. The following techniques will help you accomplish levitation photography:
The most spectacular effects are the simplest of all to photograph. The subject simply jumps in place, above the ground, and then the photographer snaps the picture. There are no post-production or editing effects required, since everything takes place inside the camera. However, it does take more than just simple jumping to achieve the effect.
Stationary objects should also be included. In other words, the levitation effect is more pronounced when we see objects that are normally stationary in the frame of the picture, such as a house, vehicle, furniture, or any type of stationary object in a levitated position.
The human subject must not look like he or she is jumping. You can achieve this stationary position with a calm expression on the face, slight bending of the knees so that the feet appear to be floating effortlessly off the ground, and some kind of rigidity in the clothing that does not give away the subject’s motion.
If your subject has long hair, it’s important to press the shutter button during the middle of a jump and not in the final phase while the subject is descending with their hair appearing to be hanging from the sky. You can also use hair styling product to minimize hair movement to make the shoot easier.
The shutter speed on your camera must be set fast enough so that there is no motion blur. You can hire a skilled model, particularly a dancer or athlete who is accustomed to jumping, to create a more realistic effect.
Double Frame Technique
The next type of levitation trick is using objects, for example stools and ladders, to support the subject. After this, you mask out the subject in post-production editing with the use of photo editing software (e.g. Adobe Photoshop). This is perhaps the most common type of levitation photography.
This type of levitation photography can achieve some spectacular effects if done correctly. You should ensure that objects used to support the subject are easy to remove in post-production editing. To perform the post-production editing, you will require double frames (i.e. shoot two images for post-processing).
Double Frame Levitation Photography Tips
In essence, there needs to be a significant color difference between the supporting objects and the subject itself. This makes it easier to isolate and remove the supporting object while editing.
Tips for More Realistic Levitation Photography
If you apply the above tips and tricks, you will definitely add wings to your existing portfolio. Expert levitation photography draws an impressed audience at a quicker rate.
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One of the best-selling photography eBooks on the market covers how to take photos that produce unusual, eye-catching results (including extensive chapters on various levitation photo techniques). It can be found here: Trick Photography and Special Effects
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Posted: 10 May 2014 03:45 PM PDT
High in the mountains of Quebec, Canada lies a beautiful 205-square-mile natural conservation area named La Mauricie National Park. Despite the impending wintry weather, autumn is arguably the best time to visit La Mauricie, since the park boasts a vibrant array of fall colors—thanks to its many sugar maple and yellow birch trees.
Photographer Pierre Leclerc captured this stunning photograph of the park in its autumn glory from the shores of glassy Modene Lake:
Leclerc is a landscape, wildlife, and action sports photographer based in Quebec, Canada. His work has been featured in many outdoors-based publications, including Canadian Geographic magazine.
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Posted: 10 May 2014 01:26 PM PDT
Ashlee Wells Jackson, a photographer based out of Chicago, is making a point to show the natural beauty of a mother’s body after childbirth in her photo project titled, The 4th Trimester Bodies Project. The project showcases women’s bodies just after they have given birth in hopes to restore confidence and pride in their bodies:
Jackson had the idea to photograph herself after a trying and heartbreaking pregnancy, in which only one of her twins, Nova, survived and was born at only 24 weeks. Nova spent 100 days in NICU before she was strong enough to be released from the hospital. The loss of Aurora, Nova’s twin sister, and Nova’s battle in intensive care weighed heavily on the new mother.
A project that started just as a personal assignment has turned into an epic venture, as Jackson prepares to take the project on a worldwide tour. See the video below for more details about The 4th Trimester Bodies Project, and check out Jackson’s website for tour dates and to find out more information on how you can be a part of the project.
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Posted: 10 May 2014 11:20 AM PDT
When it comes to photographing children and animals in a natural setting, getting the perfect shot can be tricky. You have to be able to match the children’s energy and effectively capture the kids, the light, and the scene to portray that energy and the feeling of just being a kid. Nikon professional photographer Tamara Lackey leads us behind the scenes of a photo shoot with three playful, energetic children and their dog in a busy, loud park:
The Challenges of Photographing with Children and Pets
With all the outside noises of traffic, construction, and trains, Lackey has to make the extra effort to connect and interact with the children.
In addition to the noise and distraction, she has a few more challenges:
Lackey uses a Nikon D610 and 24-70 mm f/2.8 lens. She says the camera is perfect for shooting the quick moving kids and dog—it’s fast moving and lightweight. She takes advantage of the beautiful, sunny day by using natural backlighting and sunwashed flare to get playful, happy images.
It’s important to maintain control of the shoot, while still managing to keep the kids enthusiastic. The main thing to keep in mind while photographing children is that, above all else, it has to be fun!
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