Learn to levitate
Make friends appear lighter than air with a combination of shooting skills and Photoshop
Make your subject float with Photoshop layer masking skills
Beginner Intermediate Advanced
Tripod Sturdy platform Lights (optional)
This is one of those photo tricks that makes viewers think, ‘How did they do that?’ The answer is surprisingly simple and, like all the best Photoshop techniques, the real skill begins in-camera. To create a seemingly levitating figure we capture two different versions of the scene – one with the person perched on a stable support and the other of the empty scene. Both versions need to be perfectly aligned.
So the actual camera technique is easy, we just use a tripod and take two shots – one of our subject, another without them or their perch. Then we piece it together in Photoshop, which – even for a complete novice – is a relatively straightforward job.
The real skill is in crafting atmosphere around the effect. That’s how we draw the viewer in. A visual trick is fun, but a story is even more appealing. There are lots of ways to do this – atmospheric lighting, deliberate
miseenscène, creative composition, purposeful posing, use of props – all of these factors can enhance the effect. Even the weather can be useful – heavy rainfall here created beautiful backlit raindrops and watery lens flare, which all add to the mood…