Pho­to­graph your model

Practical Photography (UK) - - Photoshop Geniius -

You’ll need a few props to cre­ate the il­lu­sion that your model is lev­i­tat­ing. First off, a tri­pod is essen­tial for achiev­ing images that line up per­fectly in Pho­to­shop. You’ll also need a sturdy bar stool or chair that your model can se­curely perch on while hold­ing a lev­i­tat­ing po­si­tion. We ended up us­ing two stools of dif­fer­ent heights for our model to com­fort­ably hold her pose.

Con­sider the cloth­ing your model will wear be­fore you get to your shoot. When you re­move the sup­port­ing props from the im­age in Pho­to­shop, the ar­eas where they were can look very flat and un­nat­u­ral. One way you can get around this is to make sure your model wears baggy cloth­ing to cover these ar­eas. A long flow­ing dress, like the one we’ve cho­sen, does this bril­liantly.

All sorts of lo­ca­tions will work, from bed­rooms to forests. And you don’t just have to make your model lev­i­tate. Once you’ve got your main shots, you can get ad­di­tional shots of other things you want to make float. When you’ve got your shots in the bag, turn over the page to see how you can bring it all to­gether in Pho­to­shop.

This tech­nique re­quires your cam­era to be locked off com­pletely, so that your images line up per­fectly when you merge them to­gether in Pho­to­shop. Make sure your cam­era an­gle is at eye­level or lower to ex­ag­ger­ate the lev­i­ta­tion ef­fect. Try not to shoot...

Above A cou­ple of sturdy stools give the model plenty of sup­port to ‘lev­i­tate’ on. Model and dress

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