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Levitation Photography: Exploring Magic and Portraiture

Ian Norman, Photographer / Creator of Lonely Speck

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13 Videos (1h 1m)
    • Introduction

    • Your Project: A Gravity-Defying Portrait

    • Equipment

    • Clothing and Lighting

    • Camera Settings

    • Shooting and Posing

    • Shot Selection

    • Creating the "Float"

    • Color Correction and Shadows

    • Adding a Flock

    • Final Details

    • Digital Makeup and Color Grading

    • Thanks!


About This Class

Make your subject defy gravity! In this one-hour class, photographer Ian Norman shares a simple technique for shooting magical, dreamlike levitation portraits.

This class will push both your photography skills and creative instincts. 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.

The video lessons share a start-to-finish creative method for creating a portrait scene with a subject levitating among a flock of flying objects. You'll learn how to

  • optimize your camera settings for this project
  • set up a quick shoot
  • style effective model poses
  • create an array of levitating objects
  • create the "float" effect using Photoshop and Lightroom

All you need is a camera you enjoy shooting (DSLR, digital point-and-shoot, or smartphone), a tripod, and familiarity with Photoshop and Lightroom. It's time to capture a dreamlike portrait!


105 of 105 students recommendSee All

This class is really amazing for those who want to start Levitation photography a very simple and basic tricks to do Levitation photography is shown in this class.
Bhargav Patel


Awesome class! Even if you are a beginner you can learn very useful tips and techniques.
Creative Pills

By Sebastian Gold

Love love love. Such a great idea for a fun shoot that is perfectly explained, and even if you don't really want to do levitation photography you'll still learn some great photoshop tips. Will do all of Ian Norman's classes now for sure





Ian Norman

Photographer / Creator of Lonely Speck

Ian Norman is a commercial photographer specializing in Timelapse Photography and Night Photography. He is the creator of Lonely Speck, where he shares astrophotography techniques and tutorials, and Photon Collective, a creative photography project community.

You can find more about Ian at his site's facebook pages for Lonely Speck, Photon Collective and on twitter and Instagram.

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