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Alexander Rubinski
Posts: 6
Boston, Massachusetts, US


Im planning on setting up a levitation shoot, I want it to be outside in a wooded area. Iv heard that the best technique is to capture the photo when the person is jumping into the air. Is it true that this is best? I want to do as little photoshopping as possible to keep the real life integrity of the  picture. Any help will be appreciated. Thank you.
Jan 09 13 09:35 pm  Link  Quote 
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NothingIsRealButTheGirl
Posts: 32,434
Los Angeles, California, US


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Ali Choudhry Photo
Posts: 176
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia


Jan 10 13 04:27 am  Link  Quote 
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Hero Foto
Posts: 878
Phoenix, Arizona, US


Jan 10 13 04:37 am  Link  Quote 
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Hero Foto
Posts: 878
Phoenix, Arizona, US


Jan 10 13 04:40 am  Link  Quote 
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Creative Concept Studio
Posts: 2,541
Fort Worth, Texas, US


Ropes?
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7061/6960211434_3e7f8096f6_z.jpg

Actually just removed the stool in PS.
Jan 10 13 04:54 am  Link  Quote 
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Chuck Purnell
Posts: 322
Wilmington, Delaware, US


The biggest thing with Levitation shots you have to always keep in mind is the shadow! If you have someone jumping in the air and you do not see their shadow on the ground, it will not come across as believable and people will say "you just photoshopped the person to look like they are floating in the air".

Below is a self portrait of me floating on my back while my camera is floating with me! The feedback I got on this image is you don't see the shadow of my upper body on the ground. If the camera was at a different angle you would have seen it better as the shadow was more on the right side of my body.

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31243013
Jan 10 13 08:54 am  Link  Quote 
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Chronos Creations
Posts: 353
Benidorm, Valencia, Spain


Chuck Purnell wrote:
The biggest thing with Levitation shots you have to always keep in mind is the shadow! If you have someone jumping in the air and you do not see their shadow on the ground, it will not come across as believable and people will say "you just photoshopped the person to look like they are floating in the air".

Below is a self portrait of me floating on my back while my camera is floating with me! The feedback I got on this image is you don't see the shadow of my upper body on the ground. If the camera was at a different angle you would have seen it better as the shadow was more on the right side of my body.

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31243013

thats a good attempt but yeah, it does look a little strange how the shadow just cuts off like that

Jan 10 13 08:59 am  Link  Quote 
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Chronos Creations
Posts: 353
Benidorm, Valencia, Spain


Chuck Purnell wrote:
The biggest thing with Levitation shots you have to always keep in mind is the shadow! If you have someone jumping in the air and you do not see their shadow on the ground, it will not come across as believable and people will say "you just photoshopped the person to look like they are floating in the air".

Below is a self portrait of me floating on my back while my camera is floating with me! The feedback I got on this image is you don't see the shadow of my upper body on the ground. If the camera was at a different angle you would have seen it better as the shadow was more on the right side of my body.

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31243013

thats a good attempt but yeah, it does look a little strange how the shadow just cuts off like that

Jan 10 13 08:59 am  Link  Quote 
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JCB522
Posts: 47
Calgary, Alberta, Canada


I'm not really sure what you mean by keeping the image integrity but here's one from a practice session using photoshop. I set the camera on a tripod and took 2 photos, one with me on the stool and one with just the background with out me. Put them on 2 different layers and use a layer mask to erase the chair.

To make your life easier by doing it this way though is to watch your positioning on the whatever it is you're sitting on. I positioned half my butt off the chair so that it wouldn't flatten up and be able to tell I was sitting on something. it made post processing easier

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121227/20/50dd247be3782.jpg
Jan 10 13 09:09 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Alexander Rubinski
Posts: 6
Boston, Massachusetts, US


Thanks! So it looks like Im going to get the best results by using a stool and layer masking in photoshop later. When I said "real-life" integrity I meant keeping the shadow as realistic as possible.
Jan 10 13 09:58 am  Link  Quote 
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M Pandolfo Photography
Posts: 12,116
Tampa, Florida, US


NothingIsRealButTheGirl wrote:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaSH0d60Zso

What I want to to know is, how do I get that pink camera skin?

Jan 10 13 10:12 am  Link  Quote 
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Svetlana Muerte
Posts: 903
Austin, Texas, US


Alexander Rubinski wrote:
Thanks! So it looks like Im going to get the best results by using a stool and layer masking in photoshop later. When I said "real-life" integrity I meant keeping the shadow as realistic as possible.

I think that might be your best bet. I see a lot of blogs with people in mid-jump when they are trying to look like they are levitating. It rarely works out like they think it is. The hair is puffy from falling mid-jump, for one thing. Clothes are billowing. They just look like they were caught mid-jump.

However!

Check out  yowayowacamera.com. She's got a ton of levitation pics on her blog. Some work out better than others. Her photos should give you some ideas about what works out when you want to have the model jump for the levitation.

Jan 10 13 10:25 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Hero Foto
Posts: 878
Phoenix, Arizona, US


Michael Pandolfo wrote:

What I want to to know is, how do I get that pink camera skin?

http://www.diyphotography.net/how-easy- … nt-a-nikon

Jan 10 13 10:28 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
JCB522
Posts: 47
Calgary, Alberta, Canada


When you erase the stool some of the legs will be over the shadow, and then when you erase it you'll erase part of the shadow too.  Just do a quick patch tool over the missing shadow part with content aware fill and that will usually give you enough blend to the shadows. I prefer the post processing method because you can realistically get it in 2 shots with the right facial expression. The jumping method could take a few tries
Jan 10 13 10:43 am  Link  Quote 
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PhillipM
Posts: 6,310
Martin, Tennessee, US


OMG

That was hilarious

Jan 10 13 10:59 am  Link  Quote 
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NothingIsRealButTheGirl
Posts: 32,434
Los Angeles, California, US


Jan 10 13 11:48 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Kaouthia
Posts: 3,152
Lancaster, England, United Kingdom


Regular Speed Version
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAGFoMI8HlQ

Sped up version for the impatient
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPHevfbSkpo
Jan 10 13 12:37 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Jay Lee Studios
Posts: 1,238
San Diego, California, US


Easiest way to accomplish this is
A. Put camera on tripod and set up lights.
B. Take a photo of the background
C. place subject on ladder/stool whatever to elevate them
D. layer the 2 images and just use eraser tool to remove what ever you used to lift them up as well as shadow.

too easy. Have fun!
Jan 10 13 02:09 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Christian Scott
Posts: 3
Wallasey, England, United Kingdom


Kaouthia wrote:
Regular Speed Version
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAGFoMI8HlQ

Sped up version for the impatient
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPHevfbSkpo

Thanks John :-)

Here is the image from the above tutorial.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110611/13/4df3d00aebe1a.jpg

Jan 11 13 01:44 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
rickspix
Posts: 1,303
Vallejo, California, US


one of my former students did a series of levitation photos and he did amazing work.

his mm name is rplunk

here is one of them from his mm page



http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110704/18/4e126d3041760.jpg
Jan 11 13 02:19 am  Link  Quote 
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Darriffany Photography
Posts: 10
Los Angeles, California, US


Creative Concept Studio wrote:
Ropes?
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7061/6960211434_3e7f8096f6_z.jpg

Actually just removed the stool in PS.

It looks like she is standing up straight and the rotated the orientation of the frame in PS to give the illusion of hanging.

Jan 11 13 08:21 am  Link  Quote 
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pellepiano
Posts: 2,268
Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden


Here is one I did with a chair and the guitars are carried by the same guy. Lot of exposures. ( and masks )

http://www.lutzimages.com/studiobild/images/no_gravity_crop_800.jpg
Jan 11 13 10:54 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Ex Machina Designs
Posts: 2
Huntsville, Alabama, US


Well I've got something I'm hoping to get some advice on.
I hope this hasn't been asked before.. I've searched and searched online for a solution but can't find anything.
So.. I have done a few levitation photos (very inspired by Brooke Shaden) and I've used the technique where you prop the model on something, take a blank shot, and photoshop. Well, I have been really wanting to get the look of a billowing, flowing dress, (for a more whimsical and dramatic effect) and can't figure out how to get that kind of movement. I've tried standing back and using the remote while flipping around the model's dress, but can't seem to get it to work, maybe I'm just doing it wrong. I suppose you could use a fan, but what if you're in a situation/place where you don't have access to one?... Anyways, any input or suggestions would be awesome.
Jul 08 13 12:59 pm  Link  Quote 
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Robert Jewett
Posts: 2,435
al-Marsā, Tunis, Tunisia


NothingIsRealButTheGirl wrote:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaSH0d60Zso

Aw, man.  I was going to post that one. smile

Jul 08 13 01:02 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
David Parsons
Posts: 972
Quincy, Massachusetts, US


Darriffany Photography wrote:

It looks like she is standing up straight and the rotated the orientation of the frame in PS to give the illusion of hanging.

If so, he managed to get the backdrop to look like it is hanging down, when it would be draped sideways.

Jul 08 13 01:51 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
David Parsons
Posts: 972
Quincy, Massachusetts, US


Double post
Jul 08 13 01:51 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
SPRINGHEEL
Posts: 38,133
Gibraltar, Michigan, US


I did a levitation shot one time.  Just had a big guy hold her in the air and edited him out


Here is the shot (18+ I guess)


http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/12729310
Jul 08 13 02:55 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
frizareihan
Posts: 3
Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia


pellepiano wrote:
Here is one I did with a chair and the guitars are carried by the same guy. Lot of exposures. ( and masks )

http://www.lutzimages.com/studiobild/images/no_gravity_crop_800.jpg

wow this cool picture...

Jul 09 13 02:21 pm  Link  Quote 
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