Posted by on Mar 11, 2013 in Tutorial | 2 comments

Since many asked me how I made this pic­ture, in this tuto­r­i­al I will explain the basics. First­ly it is nec­es­sary to set the scene and light­ing. Of course, the scene should be pre­vi­ous­ly well planned to avoid any prob­lems with real­iza­tion. This image is actu­al­ly a com­bi­na­tion of two pho­tos. Set your cam­era on man­u­al set­ting to avoid dif­fer­ent results on pic­tures that you’ll need to com­bine lat­er. Set all options on the cam­era accord­ing to scene con­di­tions (aper­ture, ISO, sharp­ness, etc.). After this, place a mod­el or objects you want to dis­play as a “lev­i­tat­ing” and take a pho­to. After that, only the back­ground should be pho­tographed with­out mod­els or objects. Here ends the first part of the job.

Pho­to 1


Pho­to 2


After­wards, import pho­tos into your favorite pho­to edi­tor and place the pho­tos on lay­ers one above the oth­er so that the image with a mod­el is over the pho­to with back­ground. Then use eras­er tool to erase the items that were used to hold the mod­el or object.


After that you will need to use some cloning tool to restore some miss­ing parts like shadows,floor etc. And of course you will prob­a­bly need to make some oth­er tweaks and adjust­ments, because images will still dif­fer­en­ti­ate a lit­tle bit because the light­ing is not same with objects in the scene and with­out them, but this is a top­ic of some pho­to edit­ing tuto­r­i­al.

In the next tuto­r­i­al I will explain how I made even more com­pli­cat­ed “lev­i­tat­ing” pho­to.