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How to Make Objects Fly (Levitation Photography): Step-by-Step Tutorial

Levitation photography can be a lot of fun, especially when you are starting out. It refers to a kind of photography where you make it look like that people or objects are flying or floating in the air.

It’s a type of photography that has the potential to continually knock on your creativity prowess as you can think of a million things to do with it.

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It’s very simple too and in this post we’ll be looking at how we achieve the following shot of a flying book.

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The same principle can then be applied to anyone or anything you want to.

Things you would need:

  • A DSLR Camera
  • A tripod
  • Photoshop

Here are the steps:

1. Find a surface on which you want the book to fly. In this case, it’s a table.

2. Find an object on which you can keep the book, like the plastic can in the picture below:

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3. Place your camera on a tripod and adjust the composition to your liking.

4. This is the first shot you’ll take. So after you’ve completed the set-up, focus on some part of the book, and half press the shutter button to lock the focus. But don’t press the shutter button all the way down yet. When the focus is locked, change the focus mode of the lens from auto to manual. This is important because we want to use the same focal plane for our next shot. Once you’ve set it to manual focus, take the shot.

5. Now, for the next shot, remove everything from the scene and take the shot. It should look like the shot below. Remember, the camera should not move as we want the same area in the frame. Also remember that the lighting should not change while taking both these shots. They have to look identical, except for the objects.

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6. Now that you’ve got the shots you need, it’s time to head to the editing part, for which you can view the video below:

Now that you know the concept, let your creativity go wild and try to come up with some dazzling shots like below:

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If you want to learn various types of trick photography, then I suggest you check out the e-book called Trick Photography and Special Effects by Evan Sharboneau.

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I hope this article helped you. In case you are learning digital photography, you can use my free e-book – Photography for Beginners (E-book With Videos): The Easiest Way to Learn DSLR Photography From the Comfort of Your Home which is a comprehensive and step-by-step guide that teaches you the basics of photography. It’s great for beginners as well as semi-advanced photographers. And if you happen to live in the city of Pune, then do check out our photography workshops that take place at J.M Road almost every weekend.

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