How to Photograph Levitation Shooting Floating Objects
Levitation photos or photos of floating objects now this is a trend among young children. Actually who was the originator of this photo technique ? Photo levitation has been started since 1905 through Jacques Henri Lartigue’s photographic work, this photo technique was later popularized again by Natsumi Hayashi, a female photographer from the land of Sakura, Japan.
What are Levitation photos like ?, Levitation photos are flying photos, which are photo techniques that produce objects as if they were floating. Then how do you make it ? can it only be with an ordinary photo camera or even a smartphone photo. What tools are actually needed to make this levitation photo ?. Let’s discuss each of these questions
Object photos here can be humans, animals or inanimate objects made floating. Hearing photos of levitation must be pictured on the beach with friends and jumping together. If you’ve taken a photo with this style, yeah … that’s a levitation photo. But why the other results, there are those that look good and some are blurry. Okay, keep listening to the discussion of the following photo levitation techniques.
Photograph Natural Levitation
Use high speed on your camera, with a high shutter speed we can freeze the motion of the object being photographed. Pay attention to the angle of the picture. It is highly recommended to take still images with the technique of photographing from the bottom (low angle), with the help of very bright lighting so that the object photo or the person being photographed will not appear blurry.
Here are the steps to get the levitation photo you want:
1. Make sure the camera that you have can be set shutter speed (DSLR or mirrorless).
Shutter speed of 1 / 500-1 / 1000 is sufficient. Choose Manual (M) or Shutter Priority (S / Tv) on your DSLR / mirrorless camera. In both modes, please turn the camera dial wheel to increase shutter speed, generally rotating to the right.
To freeze the motion of objects use sport mode for your favorite smartphone or pocket camera. Usually a symbol of people running or pictures of cars.
2. Make sure the light where you are shooting is enough.
The place to take pictures is indoors and outdoors. If shooting outside the room there are only two possibilities, the light is less than the maximum because of weather and obstructed the maximum light on a sunny day. But if you have to take pictures indoors, adjust the existing ISO and aperture. Shutter speed: 1/500 sec. or faster (1/320 sec. can be used in a darker condition). If possible use the strobist technique.
Remember when using a high shutter speed, we need more light than a normal or slow shutter speed.
3. Choose a photo object that makes sense
Return to the tool discussed at the beginning of this paper. Photograph levitation can still be made even if the objects used are objects that do not make sense, such as mountains. Object objects like this obviously we need to edit with some software, just call it Photoshop or another photo editor.
4. Pay Attention to Your Surrounding Environment
Eliminate objects that have a height so that the impression that you are jumping will be seen clearly, such as a chair, or bench, a flat surface of the environment around you will strengthen the impression of levitation because you will look as if you are just about to fly.
Time for the photo shoot:
If you have fulfilled some of the above, now is the time for the photo shoot itself. Note the following points in shooting.
1. Use a small lens such as f / 8 to keep photos sharp. or can you use a Canon EF50mm F1.2L USM lens, EF24-70mm F2.8L USM, PENTAX 67 lens (with adapter). On DSLR / mirrorless cameras keep the focus fixed on the object or model by using continuous focus and burst.
Use your favorite tripod regardless of brand, this tripod is useful for keeping unwanted motion when you are photographing. You can use Gitzo’s rapid-pole 3 steps with ball heads (from 1980s) as an option for your tripod. if you use the EOS 5D Mk2 then you have an automatic 10sec timer, meaning that after pressing the shutter release button there is 10sec time to go to the position you want as your photo screen.
3. Face expressions
Your face that is jumping will usually look very cheerful, impressed expression of a bent face, your mouth wide open. For models in photos, get rid of the impression that you are jumping. The features are your shoulders raised, your chest puffed up, your legs folded perfectly, your hands move freely and look stiff, your hair is usually messy.
For inspiration, you can visit the blog yowayowacamera.com from Natsumi Hayashi’s levitation photo master. Many ideas or photos from Natsumi Hayashi are somewhat out of the box.
Natsumi is one of the photographers who popularized this floating photo style. The following photos were taken from his personal blog yowayowacamera.com without compromising our respect.
Natsumi Hayashi levitation photo, one of Natsumi Hayashi’s photos from the series “Levitation Today”