Trick Photography Examples from Copenhagen Fotomessen

Trick photography examples are popping up more and more places.  For instance, I was at the Copenhagen photomessen the other day.  There were a bunch of photographs on display from various photographers around the world, although mostly from Scandinavia. I didn’t get the name of this artist, but there were two photos that really jumped out at me.  I’m pretty sure this is a good example of trick photography with photoshop but even so they’re super cool.

Trick Photography Examples

So here they are.. Impressive or what?

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Trick Photography Examples – Here Is One I Took Using Digital Photography

Trick Photography Examples

I’m not sure if this is a very good example of trick photography.  I took this in the forest on a recent outing with my wife.  We are quite in to digital photography and are always up for more photo tips.

It took a lot of jumping to get this one right.  I’m still not convinced that it looks exactly like I wanted, but it’s pretty close.  What I was aiming for was the illusion that i’m standing in mid air, looking back at someone walking down the path toward me, and getting ready to run away from that person.  It’s up to you to judge how well I accomplished that goal.

I’m quite impressed by really good levitation photos, which I consider some of the more impressive trick photography examples, although I wouldn’t consider this to be one of them.  The thing is that you need to make it look like you’re floating or hanging in mid air.  This is done through body positioning and the expression on your face.  Mess up on either of these two and the picture just won’t look very good.

To me it seems like the best strategy is to get your body into a position where it doesn’t reasonably seem like there is any other way for you to get back down to the ground, except for by falling.  And the other important thing is to catch yourself while you’re jumping up.  If it looks like you’re falling and on your way back down (i.e. your hair is flying up or your clothes are lifted too high) then our minds will immediately realize that the person has jumped, and that doesn’t make for any kind of trick photo.

I’ve looked at a lot of photography websites and there doesn’t seem to be  a whole bunch dedicated to trick photography, or with a lot of trick photography examples. Please leave a comment and let me know where I might be able to find more  and go here to find out more about trick photography and special effects.

Understanding The Basics – Digital Photography Demystified

Before I got into photography, I always thought it was so complicated.  If you’re intimidated by the language of photography, get over it.  It’s really not so many words and what the words mean is actually pretty basic all things considered.   I’m sure you’ve heard them before, but I’m gonna concentrate on aperture, iso, and shutter speed.

Aperture

Just to keep things simple let’s think of a really simple illustration.  Forget about your camera for a second, and imagine that you have an empty paper towel roll.  You put it up to your eye, and look through it as if it were a telescope. Now pretend that the combination of that paper towel roll and your eye is your camera.  Would you be surprised if I told you that the word aperture is just a way to describe the size of the paper towel roll?

Well, that’s actually the case.  All that aperture means is a hole, and you talk about size relative to aperture because on a camera you can change the size of that hole.

Of course the f stop numbers are a bit confusing, in that a bigger number actually means that hole is smaller, and the numbering system doesn’t go one, two, three, four like we’re used to, but at the end of the day all you  need to remember is that aperture means hole.  The bigger the hole, the more light can get in.  The smaller the hole, the less light can come in.

 

Shutter Speed

This one doesn’t require much explanation cause it is basically what it says it is.  There is a shutter on your camera, and the shutter speed refers to how long the shutter is open when you take a photograph.

Obviously, the longer the shutter stays open, the more light can come in.  Conversely, if the shutter is only open for a short amount of time, less light will be allowed in.

What can be confusing again is the numbering system, but that’s just because we’re dealing with very short time spans.  Your camera will display shutter speeds less than a second as numbers without fractions, even though they are just that, fractions of a second.

Because of that a bigger number will actually make for a shorter shutter speed, until you increase the shutter speed past 1 second, at which point a bigger number will make for a longer shutter speed.

 

ISO

Oh, good old iso.  I don’t know what ISO stands for, and I don’t really care.  All you need to know is that ISO is a way to describe how sensitive the sensor on your camera is to light.  So instead of affecting the amount of light coming in through time or space, it varies how easily your camera allows light in.

You have probably heard that high ISO makes for bad pictures, and this is true (unless you’re lucky enough to have a brand new Canon 5d Mark iii or the new Nikon, in which case you probably wouldn’t be reading this article).

The numbering system for ISO is straightforward in that a bigger number indicates a higher sensitivity and a lower number indicates the sensor is less receptive to the light coming in.

 

So it’s really as simple as that.  You can affect the light coming in to your camera by making the sensor more or less sensitive to the light (ISO), you can keep the shutter open for shorter or longer periods of time (shutter speed), and you can change the size of the hole through which the light comes in (aperture).