You all know how I always tell you that I do the challenge myself before posting it? Well forget about that for this levitation Challenge. Although I’ve used layers and masking in Photoshop, I’ve never gone through the the steps of creating a levitation image.


We do get the visual illusion of levitation but we all know there’s a camera trick behind it. In this case probably more than a stool, maybe some string to hold part of the dress up.


There’s two basic theories to levitation images. One you do all kinds of Photoshop manipulations to remove stools, chairs and other gravitational defying elements, or you just simply jump and capture an image before gravity sets in.

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We can all see that playing with special effects adds a special touch to a levitation image.  Something a simple jump can’t replicate.

The folks at PETAPIXEL put together a simple tutorial – https://petapixel.com/2015/02/10/levitation-photography-tutorial/

Naturally Photoshop is the tool of choice to post process and complete your assignment. However there is a free compatible program called GIMP that can do the job. You can also do a search on google for (FREE IMAGE MASKING TOOL). That should help you get things done.


Think outside the box and don’t just limit yourself to levitating people. There’s a whole world of objects waiting to defy Newton…

The rules are pretty simple:

  • Post one original photograph (Your Image) shot each week per theme posted on this blog to Google+Facebook, or Flickr (or all three). Tag the photo #photochallenge and #photochallenge2016
  • The shot should be a new shot you took for the current weekly theme, not something from your back catalog or someone else’s image.
  • The posted image should not be a Video.
  • Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2016 PhotoChallenge is fun and easy.

About Steve Troletti

I'm a Location Scout, Editorial, Nature, Wildlife and Environmental Photographer based in Malibu, California. I specialize in Nature and Urban Nature photography including Infrared Landscapes. The Bulk of my work takes place in the Los Angeles, California area, Greater Montreal Region, Canada, Switzerland, France and Varese in Northern Italy. Ethical wildlife photography is the main priority and focus of my work. A minimum disturbance of the animals, their habitat and the environment is my top priority. This applies as much to total wilderness areas as it does to urban nature environments. Ongoing education of environmental issues and building awareness for the protection of wildlife and wilderness areas around the world is what drives me to document the beauty that surrounds us.