Wouldn’t it be great to capture the idea of lightness or the subtlety of a an “uplifting”moment? Well that’s what popped into my head a few weeks when I totally got inspired to finally to do a photo shoot within those lines. I always had this idea in my “images to create” list by never got to it… until now! As I’m now working on an up-beat stop motion video that should be ready next month featuring “J Poppins” as the the main actress, I though of making a image to go along with the story (“J” as in Justine who is also the model in this shoot). But to the point, I thought of sharing some insight on how to create a trick “levitation” image as these are always a blast! Check out the lighting setup and step-by-step tips on how to make it happen in the full post. To warm up just kick back and play the video below (best in fullscreen with HD on):
As you may have guessed the video is mostly comprised of the stills from the session (which would explain the vertical orientation) but I thought it would be a quick way to show how this came to be. Here is my favorite image from the shoot, entitled “Fly-Away” – Click image to enlarge or resize to your screen size:
So if you’re reading this line then you’ll definitely want to see how the image was made, so…
Of course it’s fun to do these kinds of shoots but it’s always good to have a story or theme behind the image. But that aside, let’s get right into it. The final image is a composite – meaning that it is made by combining several images to give the illusion of levitation. In a nut-shell, you just need to:
1) Pre-visualize the final image or just draw it out on a piece of paper.
2) Choose a location & scene.
3) Find the perfect angle and lock it down on a tripod
4) Levitate!: position the model on the prop(s)
5) Setup the lighting with the model in place
6) ESSENTIAL: Make a “master” background image
7) Make the images you need for the composite
8 ) Blend images as layers in Photoshop
9) That’s it!
Since you got this far thanks for visiting the site and hope this was helpful to you. Feel free to comment below if you have any questions or if you would like clarifications on something I mentioned.
Much more to come; the guide on how to make proper timelapse videos is coming very soon!
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