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Levitation!

Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

Levitation shots have become very popular recently, Natsumi Hayashi a Jappenesse teenager started the trend by snapping herself mid-jump creating the illusion that she was levitating.  Since then it has evolved to the more recent trend in hadouken shots where people are captured flying through the air as if they have been hit incredably hard by someone else or gripped in a Starwars like force grip!

So how is it done, well you have more than one option, you can go back to the roots and simply take pictures of people jumping or falling, make sure you use a fast shutter speed to capture the moment and alter the apature and ISO levels to get the desired exposure, I can tell you from experience that this is a lot of fun!  Or you can stage the shot and edit out the props afterwards using photoshop or another editing sweet, there are even apps you can download for your smart phone.

Please send us the results of your experiments via the usual e-mail address!

(Picture by David Blaine)

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