I’ve been a fan of Levitation Images for a while now, and thought it was about time I had a proper go myself. This small article/tutorial is a walk-through on how I created my image below. Please bare in mind that you do not need low light nor flash. It’s all about experimenting and having fun!
To get the final image above, I had a Nissin di866 MKII Pro flash gun mounted on a light stand, shot through a white umbrella. The lighting itself was pretty low so I could achieve the shadow effect I was after.
I got to the location I wanted to set my equipment up at a little before sunset so I could get a focus reading (camera was mounted on a tripod).
A pair of step ladders was used as my main platform to stand on, and I took quite a few photos to get my staged lighting right. When everything was set up, I set the camera to remote timed release. Climbed up the step ladders (without falling off), and again took a series of shots to see I had everything set up as I wanted.
Because of the low light, and the way I positioned the flash gun, only the immediate foreground was lit, and also cast shadows to the right of me (as you are looking at the photo).
When I was happy with the way I looked on the step ladders (apart from nervous LOL), I needed to take a second photo – this time without the step ladders. The camera nor the flash were moved. Once things were moved I ended up with the following photo.
Now that I have my photos, the next step is Photoshop (or whatever photo-editing package you are using). Open the two photos you want as Layers (or open both as separate documents and copy one onto the other).
With the two photos loaded, I placed the image of myself on the step ladders up on top of the layer stack, and then added a Layer Mask. If you can’t use Layer Masks, the Erase tool will work just as well.
Next I removed the step ladders, and its shadow (shown below), taking care to leave my own shadow in the photo.
Finally, I cleaned up the foreground using Content Aware to make it look more natural. The Clone Tool will do the same job (just takes a little longer).
I’m going to have more goes at this type of thing. It would be great if you could post links to your own images – its all a learning curve 🙂