ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Create the Illusion of Levitation with your Photos using High Shutter Speed

Updated on November 7, 2012
Source

Create the illusion of levitation through the power of your shutter. It’s a really cool effect that you can achieve by making your subject appear as if he/she is floating like the great magicians of old. There are several ways to accomplish this eye catching effect with some ideas to make them even more spectacular.

A relieving thing about this is that all you need is your camera, and optionally a remote shutter release, flashgun and tripod (if the photographer is the model). The method we’ll look on to achieve this levitation effect is to use a high shutter speed. However, there are other methods to do this. A high shutter speed will need a wide aperture to compensate for it, and sometimes extra lighting is needed which is where your flashgun comes in. So here’s how to do the levitation trick:

Pick out your camera settings

High Shutter Speed

You’ll need a very high shutter speed to freeze the action of your subject avoiding all cases of motion blur. A speed of say 1/2000 seconds (or 2000th of a second) is a decent speed to select. The mode to use could be Shutter Priority or Manual Mode. In SP or S mode, once you select the shutter speed, the camera does the rest and selects the suitable aperture value. You may need to use a flashgun as well depending on the lighting conditions that you face.

Continuous AutoFocus

Your subject will be moving in some form or fashion, so a continuous Autofocus will allow you to capture the image quickly will the person is in mid-air.

Use Continuous Burst Mode

With this mode you can take several shots to choose the best from. In a split second your shutter will snap images to your content. You can also use this if you’re not confident that you’ll get the shot you want with a single click, or if you have a human subject who isn’t into jumping too much.

Taking the shot

A good idea is to pre-focus and lock focus on a particular position that you expect the person to move in mid-air. It’s recommended to focus in the head and neck region to get a desireably sharp image.

Source

Remote Shutter Releases

Ideas to capture great levitation images

Make your image strangely natural

Make your image look as strangely natural as possible. This creates a very appealing effect as if this is something that should happen in everyday life. Have your subject doing something that is usual -- such as walking around with an umbrella, or even yawning! Another way to infuse the naturalness of your images is to let the person be among other persons who are themselves doing regular stuff that humans do -- besides floating in mid-air like your subject.

Take the images of yourself

Why not take the levitation image of yourself? That’s a good idea. Use the self-time feature of your camera or use a remote shutter release while you show off your superhuman powers. You may also want to use a tripod or a sand bag to place your camera on while you jump and leap.

Advice to give your 'Levitators'

If you or your subject is doing the jumping, you’ve got to make sure to look as normal as possible. So that means you’ll need to control your facial expressions and minimize any obvious giveaways such as ravelled hair. This will take some amount of testing out, but the results are fun. You’ll even get ideas as you work at it.

Remember to Practice

The levitation illusion is really a simple and cool trick to try out with your camera. You don’t necessarily need a D-SLR to do it, but you’ll definitely have more control over the settings that will allow you to have more creative manipulation. Taking these kinds of photos do require practice, and it’s fun! Try it.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)