Ever since ancient times, men have always wanted to conquer the sky, and get from one place to another by flying. French aeronautical inventor and engineer Alphonse Pénaud was one of the most notable contributors in aviation history. In August 1871, he built a successful rubber-powered model of the aeroplane which was called “Planophore”. As his invention was the first winning automatically stable flying model, it became a major influence on early aircraft design.
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Today, this love for flight not only translates to heavy-powered flying machines, but in photos as well. Levitation photography is a form of trick camera work, in which the subject is levitating, or appears to levitate. The word “levitation” comes from Latin levitas meaning “lightness”. This kind of photography became popular lately, as creating an illusion of levitation in photography proves to be a challenge among seasoned photographers and amateurs alike.
Just like playing poker, taking a levitation photo cannot be nailed only by chance; these are activities that require specific set of skills in order to succeed. In poker, a player needs to have discipline and patience for him to win. A player may have a good hand at times, but without the right opportunity, he might still lose the game.
Also, it is essential for poker players to be aware of their surroundings. Being observant allows them to see every detail that could make or break their game. Upholding these skills may be difficult in some instances due to the many distractions at land-based casinos such as 9Aix-les-Bains Grand Cercle Casino). Thanks to online gaming websites, people will never have to deal with these distractions while playing.
According to professional American photographer and author Richard Schneider, these are the four steps on how to take a simple levitation photo:
- Setup your camera on a tripod or have an assistant get in position to take the photo.
- Set your camera to use a fast shutter speed – fast enough to freeze motion (such as 1/500 or faster).
- Set your self-timer to take the photo (if you do not have an assistant).
- Jump off the ground or step off an object at the exact moment the camera is about to take a photo.
For those who plan to take complex levitation photographs on Champ-Elysees and other locations, they can use to photo-editing softwares such as Photoshop and Corel Draw. Please watch the video below for complete instruction in digital manipulation. With these tips and a good camera, you’re just about ready to take that great leap on levitation just like Alphonse Pénaud!