It's Week #6: Levitation

Don’t be alarmed!!

Levitation may sound difficult but this challenge is accessible from the most beginner photographer, to the most advanced. Let’s run down the 2 main options we have, shall we?

1. Fast Shutter Speed (The “Basic” Method)

This technique will help demonstrate one of the core tools of photography: shutter speed. The faster the shutter speed (the quicker the shutter opens and closes, allowing in less light), the sharper the “action” will be in your photo.

2. Photoshop Masking (The More Advanced Method)

If you have been wondering about Photoshop masking, now’s the time to dive in! Masking is one of Photoshop’s most powerful tools – allowing you to manipulate just parts of an image, non-destructively (in other words, you can undo your changes).

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Tips and Tuts:

Looking for more inspiration? Check out our previous albums, Levitation (2015) and 2013. And of course, The Googles

 

 

And If you’re going with the ‘jumping method’ you must check out Tokyo-based photographer Natsumi Hayashi, who has built an international reputation with her levitation-a-day photos. She uses a fast shutter speed (1/500 and faster) rather than Photoshop masking. Check out her site here.

Extra Credit: Fantasies & Dreams

For some extra credit joojoo, create a fantastical scene, utilizing one of the levitation techniques. Lindsay Haywood, our cover photo on last year’s album, utilized this nicely. Of course, you can refer to our Fantasies & Dreams album from last year for inspiration.

Check out the Googles for some more inspiration.

Remember, it is not necessary to work in this Extra Credit piece. It’s extra credit!

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Past Challenges - 2015