Photograph your model
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 from a high angle, as this makes it harder to see the model is floating and will reduce the image’s impact. All sorts of locations work well, from an eerie forest like we used to your own bedroom. You can also pop in extra floating props to add context. A sturdy bar stool is perfect for your model to balance on and add some height. You’ll remove the stool in post so your model appears to float in mid-air. Baggy, loose clothing is ideal, as it will cover the seat of the chair or stool they’re sitting on, and give you a lot less editing work to do later.
Above A couple of sturdy stools give the model plenty of support to ‘levitate’ on. Model and dress