Learning to fly... using Photoshop

Recently I posted this picture on Facebook and it got a whole lot of interest, including some of you asking how I did it... so I will teach you how I learned to fly... using photoshop.

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The first (and for me hardest) part of the levitation image was posing. As you can see, I was balancing on a stool. My back was unhappy with trying to do it, but with a little bit of patience and a lot of back arching I was able to get a photo that would work for my experiment.

Ok, I suppose I also should add that to get the picture, I used an intervalometer. What is an intervalometer? It allows my camera to take multiple pictures to do things like timelapse. In my case, I used a program hack, called Magic Lantern. I love it, but it is a "use at your own risk" program that you can load onto your camera...

Anyway, once I got the shot with me in it I wanted to use, I moved myself and the stool out of the shot.

I took these two images into Photoshop. I used the one with me in it as a layer on top of the other. Then, using layer masked, I erased the stool, 

From there it was just color grading the image to my liking... and VOILA, I'm flying!!

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I'm actually hoping to use this technique at some point to be able to make an art image that I've been wanting to do for a while. I'm still trying to work out the details of it, but the general concept is a Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, and grown up Wendy... It's coming together little by little... but I suppose it's something to feed my Neverland obsession. (I'm actually VERY slowly working on a story about Neverland.)

 

Anyway, have fun trying this techneque. I'd love to see what YOU come up with... 

OR if you'd like a floatinh/flying/levitating image without any of the photography/photoshop work of it, I'd love to get to help you with it!