It's Week #5: Falling

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This is one of those challenges that will challenge your technical skills, as well as your storytelling skills.
To get your brain synapses firing, I’d like to paste some genius spitfire that Camille had on our FB Group Thread:

I think of this theme as more freeze the action than levitation. Water droplets mid air, dropped things splashing in liquids, shooting from below, something falling towards you. Yoyo on the way down. Dominoes falling. Jenga tower falling. Composites of people / animals / things in a falling position on a sky. Parachutists. Paper airplanes. Shot from below of something coming towards you. Jumping out a plane with a parachute and shooting what is below as you fall [Sure, Camille, that’s the easy one, right??]. Falling rain. Falling leaves. Falling star. Or go abstract: Fall pregnant. Fall apart. Falling out. Falling in love.

Tips and Tuts for this week:

    • Go for a SUPER high shutter speed! This will allow you to capture something falling through the air with minimal blur (like drops of water). Remember to adjust your ISO to compensate for the lesser amount of light that will be getting into your shot. Best to do this in midday sun.
    • This is a great opportunity to try some compositing / masking! Check out this excellent 5-minute video, where Yosef explains how to create a layer mask. As well as a fun animated gif that shows you how to make someone float.
  • Not really versed in Photoshop? We’ve got you! Check out this tutorial on post-processing to get the falling/levitation effect using Pixlr!

Looking for more inspiration? Check out “Levitation” from 2015, and “Top 52 – Levitation” from 2016! And of course, The Googles! Oh you sweet Googles.

Extra Credit: Composite edit

For some extra credit joojoo, try your hand at a composite edit! A composite is a flat image made up of different elements, shot at different times. This could mean just one object inserted into your photo, or putting your subject in a totally different background! For those who are well-versed in Photoshop (or those who want to be!), this technique can be achieved by using Layer Masks. Check out this 52Frames blog post on how to use layer masks. 

If text is your thing, here’s an excellent primer on creating a composite.

Check out The Googles for more inspiration!!


Remember, it is not necessary to keep this Extra Credit challenge in mind while shooting. It’s extra credit!

*Please note!! You can only submit ONE photo per week, for the week’s challenge. This photo can include the “Extra Credit” part of the challenge, or the “regular” challenge, but you can never submit more than one photo!

Past Challenges 2016

Past Challenges - 2015