I’ve recently been trying to learn photography and, consequently, Adobe Photoshop for post-processing and image manipulation. My university department very kindly has lent me an SLR (a Nikon D70 which would be lovely if it wasn’t for the fact it’s survived years of abuse by students on archaeological digs in hot and dusty places!) and I’ve was nosing around Photoshop tutorial sites for inspiration when I came across levitation photography.
Now, I’d already been aware of this through the stunning images done by Natsumi Hayashi but she creates her work by jumping and I could never get the poses or the timing quite right. However, these tutorials provided an alternative that I enlisted my sister to help me attempt.
I’m not going to go through the tutorial here, as it’s already been covered far better than I could by Tyson Robichaud, so if you want a go yourself I really recommend his blog. But what I do want to highlight is some of the issues that I, as a complete beginner, had with it. Big thanks go to my sister who was ‘happy’ to stand outside in January wearing her little red dress! Brrr.
The [very basic] summary of levitation photography is you set up a camera and take a photo of the background you will be using. You then put yourself (or a friend!) into the shot standing on whatever you can find and get them to pull a suitable pose. In Photoshop you then put both images into one file and use a layer mask to get rid of what they’re standing on and hey presto! levitation! At least, that’s the theory.