Levitation Photography: Exploring Magic and Portraiture

Ian Norman, Photographer / Creator of Lonely Speck

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13 Lessons (1h 1m)
    • 1. Introduction

      2:09
    • 2. Your Project: A Gravity-Defying Portrait

      4:06
    • 3. Equipment

      2:41
    • 4. Clothing and Lighting

      1:48
    • 5. Camera Settings

      2:37
    • 6. Shooting and Posing

      4:24
    • 7. Shot Selection

      4:57
    • 8. Creating the "Float"

      7:27
    • 9. Color Correction and Shadows

      5:21
    • 10. Adding a Flock

      11:15
    • 11. Final Details

      6:50
    • 12. Digital Makeup and Color Grading

      6:50
    • 13. Thanks!

      0:36

Project Description

Photograph a gravity-defying portrait.

“When you have the intention of creating something surreal, all the constraints and bounds on your creativity are loosened. The entire experience, from planning to set up to shooting to processing, is a slow and methodical creative endeavor.”

ASSIGNMENT

You'll construct a dreamlike portrait scene with your subject levitating among a flock of flying objects. You can use your own photos or the sample photos provided below. This project is ideal for photographers, artists, designers, and everyone who wants to bring a surreal creative vision to life.

DELIVERABLE

Share your gravity-defying portrait in the class project gallery. Feel free to share notes about your process (outtakes, pre-processed photos, questions), and be sure to check out my own sample project for inspiration.

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All photos (c) Ian Norman.

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