How To Take Floating Photos // Levitation Photography Tutorial
How To Take Floating Photos // Levitation Photography Tutorial

How To Take Floating Photos // Levitation Photography Tutorial okay okay you asked me enough times now
I’ll show you all my secrets what is up people Dunna here and today we’re gonna
be talking about how I created these photos where the objects are floating no
Hogwarts Diploma required a few videos ago I made a review for the new Sigma 56
millimeter and I needed a thumbnail image so I got out my camera and the lens
and I held that lens in front of the camera and I thought what if I wasn’t
holding it what if it wasn’t just sitting there what if it was floating
off of the desk then I realized that I had just created a whole bunch of extra
work for myself but it was too late I had already had the cool idea and now I
had to figure out how to do it now there are a few ways that I’ve seen that
people make objects float in photos one of which is you can actually tie a
string around it and hold it up and then erase the string in Photoshop after but
I didn’t have any string and it kind of seemed like a lot of work you can turn
up your shutter speed and toss the object like when you see all those
photos on Instagram where people have an object levitating over their hand I’m
guilty of doing this as well it just looks so cool but I didn’t want my hand
in the shot and I definitely wasn’t gonna toss this lens you can also take a
photo of the background and take a photo of the object and then cut the object
out in Photoshop and levitate it but I’m really bad at cutting things out in
Photoshop it just wasn’t gonna work I needed something easier and I needed
something that I could do with just what I had laying around me and I think what
I came up with is pretty cool and pretty easy but instead of just telling you how
I did it we’re actually going to create a photo where we levitate this vintage
Pentax film camera and I’m gonna take you through every step of the way to
show you just how easy it is here’s what you’re gonna need a camera to shoot the
photo with yes you can just use your phone if you want a tripod to hold the
camera steady and some kind of photo editing software I’m gonna be using
Adobe Photoshop and a quick disclaimer I am not good at Adobe Photoshop I have
like three tricks I can do and that’s about it but those three tricks get me
by so before you guys go too crazy telling me how bad I am at Photoshop and
how this could have been done way easier let’s use the comments section to add
suggestions on how you might have done this or how you might have made it
easier so that everyone can benefit from it let’s keep it positive people
all right let’s get this photo so as you can see I have my scene set up
I’ve got the wooden desk and I’ve got the white background I’ve got an
overhead light that I really like I think it looks really good for product
shots like this but the actual setup and the scene itself isn’t super important
what’s gonna be important is the execution of it so if you’re just
shooting with natural light or whatever’s in the room this can still
work you don’t need a fancy light or any kind of fancy setup for this so I’ve got
the camera that I’m gonna take the photo on right here it’s set up it’s leveled
it’s got its nice framing and everything it’s basically looking how I want it
I’ve dialed in all my settings I’m currently at ISO 100 F 1.7 and at 1
250th of a second and there are two reasons why I’m shooting at such a high
shutter speed one is to balance the light that I’ve got going on in the room
right now and the other one is because there’s gonna be a little bit of shake
when we get into the levitating part and I want to try and freeze that motion
okay so here’s the big reveal for how I got the shot it’s actually made up of
two separate photos the first photo is of me holding the object on the right
hand side and the second photo is of me holding the object on the left-hand side
then we combine these two photos get rid of the hands and we’re good to go now
the key to this is that I have grids turned on on my camera so I can see
exactly where the camera is in the frame and I want to try and keep it as close
to the same as possible because the more we have to move each shot the harder
it’s gonna be to put these together so I’ve turned on my 3×3 grid and I’m just
gonna try and line up the camera right in the center in the same place for both
shots another really important thing is that you’re going to want to be in
manual focus mode and the reason for this is because you want the focus to be
exactly the same for both photos so I’m gonna flip over to manual focus get the
focus for my first shot that’s what I’m gonna try and hold it there switch over
to the other hand and get the second shot so while holding it I’m gonna try
and make sure that I get focused in on the Pentax logo I think I really like it
tilted that way so I’m gonna check my focus one more time okay so I’m gonna try and remember a
couple of things first of all the center of the lens is right in the center of my
frame the top right corner of the camera I’m gonna kind of memorize that spot
it’s just on the top line and just inside the first right line and then I’m
gonna snap my first photo now while moving the camera as little as possible
I’m gonna grab it on the other side I’m gonna hold it there get it back in that
same spot and then snap the second photo another thing that you can do is just
make sure you get a couple of different versions go back review what you have
try and get the best couple that you can the most accurate – so I’m gonna take a
couple of backup shots really quick here and then we’re gonna hop over into
Photoshop this one’s a little tough because this camera is actually pretty
heavy so holding it out at the end of my arm is a little tough but I think I got
a couple of shots that are close enough so let’s hop into the computer and get
these things edited up okay so I’ve pulled the photos into
Lightroom to start with so that I can compare them pick the ones I want to go
with and then make some minor adjustments I’ve got these two photos
which I think are going to be close enough to make this work you can see
that they’re not perfect they’re not perfectly lined up yet but we’re gonna
do some things in Photoshop to help that if you don’t know how to pull a photo
from Lightroom into Photoshop all you have to do is highlight the photo and
hit command E or ctrl E and it’ll choose to edit in Photoshop you can also
right-click and there’s an option that says edit in Photoshop so what I want to
do I’m going to go to the one with the left hand and a double click on
background and just hit enter so that it creates a layer out of it an editable
layer and then hit command a to make a selection of the whole thing command C
to copy I’m going to go over to the other one double click and hit enter so
that it creates an editable layer and then I’m also just going to hit command
V so that it pastes the other layers so now I’ve got the two layers side-by-side
and it take layer 1 and turn down the opacity to about 36 37 % so that I can
see how they line up and I’m going to take the Move tool so that it gives me
the ability to move and I’m gonna see how well I can get these things lined up
I think that’s pretty good so now that I’ve got the two lined up what we need
to do is take our top layer and delete the parts that we don’t want the reason
that I like this method is because it actually keeps the shadow underneath it
which is what kind of makes it feel like a real levitation so what I’m actually
going to do is create a layer mask and brush out what I don’t want so I’m going
to select layer one and I’m going to go down here and click on the layer mask
icon it’s gonna create a layer mask and I’m going to hit V to get my brush tool
I’m gonna crank up the size now currently you can see the layer mask is
all white which means that it’s all showing so we can either go over here
and change this to black or we can hit X and it’ll switch those I want to make
sure I go to my brush and I turn the hardness down all the way cuz we want
nice soft edges and then I can start to paint in you can see it’s creating black
in the layer mask and it’s deleting that part of it now you can see because of
the softness it’s actually bringing in a tiny little bit of the other picture
here and I don’t want that so I’m actually gonna make my brush a little
smaller hit X again and then get rid of that X again continue getting rid of the
parts so they don’t want I’m gonna go around the lens here make sure that none
of the lines look super weird and if we zoom out we pretty much have a picture
so I’m gonna do the typical 4 by 5 Instagram crop and then I’m gonna add a
curves layer so I can slightly mess with the lighting a little bit and voila it’s
done we officially have a floating vintage Pentax film camera so that’s how
easy it is as always I want to turn it over to you guys do you have a different
way that you like to do these levitating floaty photos #floatos leave a comment
and let me know let’s start a conversation if you have fun you learn
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next time How To Take Floating Photos // Levitation Photography Tutorial

100 thoughts on “How To Take Floating Photos // Levitation Photography Tutorial”

  1. accesssacramento says:

    Trying this tomorrow. Have a feeling I'll be saying, "nailed it."

  2. Vaibhav Thamman says:

    I hate lies.

  3. mrdandansan says:

    Great idea! One thing you could do as well is put the camera in a timelapse mode while you are taking the pictures so you dont need to worry about pressing the stutter button.

  4. Mohamed Abdelazez says:

    i'll give it a try

  5. Super Hero says:

    Why cant we do it with just one photo?

  6. Egemen köseler says:

    You can just use a clay u know

  7. • 18 years ago • says:

    But I don't have money for a camera or PC….all I have is a phone with 1/1000s exposure time…which makes a lot of noise under indoor lighting😶

  8. Edoardo Belussi says:

    Very Good man I like this method and your execution 😉

  9. MARK MALASICS says:

    As I continue to forge through YouTube and watch these videos, on all manner of topics, I also continue to lose some hope for mankind. Is everyone a narcissist?

  10. Saudi Falcon says:

    Easy, smart. u r awesome.

  11. Ketan Dudhe says:

    Haha brilliant

  12. Kurt Rethorn says:

    Nice. Now I wanna try this in the darkroom. Maybe using an old Pentax to shoot my d5500. It will take some precision but it’ll be fun.

  13. Jason Lewis says:

    Nice method! Thanks for sharing

  14. Pauline Dusserre-Telmont says:

    I was like …. oooh he's smaaaart and smiling in front of my phone ! God Job Mr.Potter !

  15. Graphic maker PRO says:

    Skip 6:40 Yo give him sweet watch hours he's a little underrated….

  16. giannis stathopoulos says:

    or you can use clear string and brush it after, This method is too much of a trouble man

  17. Legoat says:

    ok. this is awesome!

  18. Artur Medvedev says:

    Floatos… Thats genious!

  19. k00baa says:

    Hmm wouldn't it be easier to place the item on top of some thin stand, take another shot without item and then remove stand? Similar to taking photos of people levitating.

  20. Alex says:

    Cool stuff! Though, I can't get over that bottom right corner that was left from the rotated picture.

  21. Dominik Drapák says:

    Cant you take a photo with nothing infront of you jsut the desk, and swcond photo holding it, then you could just layer the 2nd above 1st and erase the hand, couldnt that work?

  22. lioua lioua says:

    Very brilliant …

  23. FISHU GAMER says:

    Dude this is sooo old i was doing this 15 years ago bro

  24. Rick Deckard says:


  25. Leowulf™ says:

    Dude this was so sick and so much simpler than I thought it would be! Thanks for sharing your creativity online, instant sub. Everything about the video was great.

  26. Cid Verzosa says:

    Subscribing! ❤️💖

  27. Dylan Pujol says:

    Good stuff ! Exactly how i thought i'd make it

  28. Esville Chhangte says:

    This might be useful for smaller object, but what about human or bigger object levitation that you can't hold it by hand

  29. Daria Estera says:

    this is sooo cool

  30. Mike Smith says:

    #phlotos? 😆

  31. Joshua Bray says:

    That really cool, and so simple. Thanks for the tip!

  32. Pari Bhoite says:

    aw shit that was great💯

  33. Jigz Malakas says:

    Me: took one photo then photoshop it. Same results.

  34. Alpha Pictures says:

    Rarely I see such quality content here on YouTube, and you're in the team! Totally different and better from those click-bait-cringe-of-videos I come around. Happy I found a new channel to watch!

  35. Julian Müller says:

    This is so much more complicated than a string if you think about it

  36. Deacon Smith says:

    I have them 3 thing I’m gonna have to try this so cool

  37. Hiitpoint says:

    Damn son.. you made this way hard.. why not just do one with you holding the cam for the shadow… and take the pic on the table and simply crop it and levitate it… so much easier… same effect.. this is basic.

  38. Rosie M says:

    I would have pool put like a pole sticking from the wall and mount it somehow so itll be "floating"

  39. MISHtake says:

    God level!
    but you are good in photoshop than me!

  40. Karnav Meena says:

    Thumbs up ..😃

  41. Sukma Hardiansyah says:

    too much talking

  42. Norman Renk says:

    There is a small elastic strip that you can buy from magic stores around the world. It is invisible on camera. Easier to make things "float". If you see something on screen just remove that.

  43. ヒロHiro says:

    I attended no nut november last year so I needed no Photoshop, just a camera with a timer.

  44. pussyplumberpablo says:

    Wow you suck at Photoshop #positivity

  45. Stringer Media says:

    You can also Chroma Key. One pic just of desktop. And another with camera sitting on something elevated. Everything covered in blue or green screen under camera.

  46. Faadil Shariff says:

    Just discovered your channel a couple days ago! Really enjoy your videos. I’m looking to get into the camera game with an a6500 or a6400. Can’t wait to see more videos!

  47. Jake Long says:

    I have used this technique before in Adobe. Its really intresting. Thnk u for sharing this technique to all.

  48. Aravind Krishnan says:


  49. Zote der Mächtige says:

    That was awesome, thank you

  50. AdobeTalk says:

    I haven't tried it yet but using, Edit–>Auto Align Layers, might be a help.

  51. ranvids says:

    Where can I get photoshop for free? 😛

  52. Vanshikha says:

    Extremely helpful and innovative!

  53. Shyam Nandan says:

    Dude you're super cool!!! I liked it and i am going to try that

  54. Bledar Meda says:

    Or by using a string from the ceiling

  55. Ben Fletcher says:

    Great work

  56. Jeremy Lawrence says:

    The clunky 'select all, copy and then paste layer' method can be sidestepped by simply dragging one or more layers to another image tab. Hold shift to centre it once image focus changes.
    This has been in PS for over a decade now.

  57. Muhd Ibras Khan bin Mohd Raja says:

    Can i use any smartphone software to edit the pic like this??

  58. Ashish Ankit says:


  59. Kyle I says:

    why you look like Jamie Benn

  60. Scarlet Ash says:

    This is how I would have done it as well. This was a technique I learned in a digital photography class a couple years ago. Each of us had to get our picture taken and then edit at least 3 photos together to "create a new student."

  61. Jhon Wallace says:

    paint out string is to difficult lets just paint out my hand instead because it different that way.

  62. Ashley A.SOOBZ PRODUCTION says:

    Excellent bro. No need for another method keep it up.

  63. Miilu Petersen says:

    he looks like and sounds like that CSGO Pro

  64. Miilu Petersen says:

    not everyone has photoshop

  65. Vicc says:

    Honestly blew my mind when I saw these pictures, I'm gonna have to try this right now…

  66. Matthew Grech says:

    This inspired me to try so much stuff. Can’t believe I never thought of this before but u explained this so well. Ur really great at this

  67. RoMaxe123 says:

    Good work, man! We'll have to employ that trick at some point!

  68. Xymon Peter says:

    I love the floatos haha

  69. JBOOGZ says:

    to line up the pictures, I use guidelines in photoshop

  70. Oscar Majoros says:

    1.white background for the cam
    2. in PS magic wand ….Delete the white
    3. add the Cam to your prefered background
    4 use the burn tool to paint a shadow.

    boom… done in about a minute if you are slow *:)

  71. Ian Edit says:

    I love how because he had this idea hes become a slave to it basically

  72. Wiki& The Only One says:

    there is a much more easier and mor precise method than this. Fishing line….

  73. Aman Hansda says:

    Using which lens did you record this video?

  74. Peter White says:

    Cool! I will try this. Thank you!

  75. Andy Tran says:

    Dunna, this is gold! It's so good and I can't even do it, because it's like "oh that's the Dunna floating image"

  76. Claudio Zavala Jr says:

    Very cool +DunnaDidIt Check out this floating object (Lego) i made using swimmers ear wax (unused of course)!

  77. Andy Green says:

    He mate. Just found your channel from #nosmallcreator. Great tutorial here and like the look of your product reviews as well. Literally took delivery of the Sigma 150-600 Contemporary this morning and use my Sigma 70-300 all the time on my EOS R. Def worth the sub, and the bell ring. Great stuff 👌🏼

  78. Booker Leslie says:

    Thank you for this Dunna! I can’t wait to bring this to my Instagram for beer photos.

  79. SASCaesar says:

    GREAT guide for beginners; really appreciate 😊… this mask thing used to baffle me 🥺🤫. Like your friendly vibe & how you show easy-to-understand, step by step instructions in your vids #instantlysubscribed!

  80. Andrew M. Warner says:

    Great stuff. I just started on this photography journey and levitation photos is something I want to try to do. Thanks for the tutorial. Will give it a try

  81. Houston Illo says:

    I love your video! I've tried this method numerous times, when I get to the brush, it's either white or black, I can't seem to get opaque so it brushes the hand out and just shows the background. Can you please give me a hand? Thanks.

  82. cynch makes says:

    I thought this was going to be super complicated from the thumbnail. It is so simple. Mind blown 🤯

  83. Siyu Wang says:

    So cool!!! I'll try it tonight

  84. Yan Eve says:

    Found your channel through Mistakes YouTubers make. Just want to say it's helpful!

  85. Rub3n says:

    Ok, so I won’t be able to take a pic of my iMac floating ‘cause it’s way too heavy😂😂

  86. Caleb Felix says: got a new subscriber. the way you explained everything is stunning.

  87. KrypheX _ says:

    so cool ! i love it

  88. Drew Peterson says:

    Cool, man! Thank you for this! 👍👍👍

  89. Małgorzata Krawczyk says:

    Excellent 🙂

  90. Siva Prakash says:

    Looks easy…. haven't tried photoshop yet..

  91. TruTechDad says:

    This is awesome but I use Affinity Photo

  92. Marcelo Aviles says:

    Fantastic, so simple yet effective

  93. Luigi García says:

    Great idea man, I'm gonna try it out. Clever choice using manual focus. Since you said you're not very experienced in PS, I can suggest another way to match the two layers. You can set the upper layer's blending mode to 'Difference', wich will invert that layer's colors while making it transparent as well, and you can easily match both objects just by dragging that layer until they fit. At least that works for me. Anyway thanks a lot!

  94. Montsergirl says:

    This is so helpful! Love this, thank you for explaining it so well, I suck so badly at PS, this looks like maybe I can handle it…maybe lol 😊

  95. To serve kids says:

    I appreciate the video but Next time take your damn time!!!!!!

  96. Marco Civale says:

    You can try a different way to do that. If you take a shot of the background without the object and than later you hold the object not from the side but from the back, masking on the background layer without nothing you are able to remove your finger from the edge and also to remove the shadow of your arms. Super quick and easier. 😛

  97. Keane Li says:

    Great video! I'm also a hustler when it comes to Photoshop, in that I know a few things but I somehow make it work. Thanks for being honest! I've done a number of product photos in which I made objects float using a variety of clear cubes, putty, wires hanging from rods, etc. It was a lot of post work and this is much easier, especially since I use plain backgrounds which allows for using Photoshop's auto-align without worrying about the background.

  98. Matthew Lee says:

    Thanks, man! I'm definitely going to apply this knowledge to a photo idea that I have planned out!

  99. Ricardo Cardona 2 says:

    This is so simple, it's Brilliant! Came over from Becki & Chris. Just subscribed. God Bless!

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