Trick Photography Book – Let’s See What It Can Do

So I found this trick photography book online the other day.  It looks pretty amazing.  The photos on the sales page are pretty mind blowing.

And even the lighting and stuff looks really professional (at least to my hobby photographer eye).  It’s written by some guy named Evan Sharboneau.  He’s not very old and doesn’t have any kind of official photography education.

Far as I can tell there are a bunch of trick photography techniques in there, and I think there are also a bunch of video tutorials, which is really nice for photoshop stuff.  I’m pretty green when it comes to photoshop, but if I could choose between learning from a video and learning from reading, I would take the video any day of the week. Continue reading Trick Photography Book – Let’s See What It Can Do

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.

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So here they are.. Impressive or what?

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Trick Photography With Photoshop – Is It Cheating?

Trick photography with photoshop or trick photography without photoshop?  That is the question.  While I can understand the argument that using photoshop is kinda like cheating when you’re making trick photos, at the same time it’s kinda like cheating with a huge bazooka when everyone else is using slingshots.  I mean of course there are some awesome photos done using forced perspective and other trick photography techniques, but the power of photoshop cannot be ignored.

Trick Photography With Photoshop – Why You Can’t Ignore It!

Here are a few reasons why you shouldn’t be a purist when it comes to “cheating” with photoshop when doing trick photography.

1. Layers.  You see in some ways photoshop can be used to simplify the kind of shot that could also be done manually, so it is basically used as a time saver.  Take the image below:

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Trick Photography Techniques – Simple Tips for High Speed Macro Photos

Here are a few quick simple trick photography techniques to help you get started with macro photography.  If you spend some time looking around online, you will find a bunch of info, but most of the stuff out there is pretty complicated and calls for special equipment.

 

What we’ll be taking pictures of is water droplets, so that will be the focus of these photography techniques, but the lessons you learn can be used as for general macro photo tips too.  Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

 

– A Digital SLR Camera

– An External Flash or Speedlite

– A Macro Lens or Lens with Decent Macro Abilities

 

A tripod would also be a really good thing to have, but it/s not essential.

 

Ok, let’s talk about the settings..

 

It’ll work fine to set your flash on ETTL and you camera on the automatic setting, but if you want more freedom you’ll want to try something else.  First put your flash into manual mode and then choose the lowest power you can (this will probably be 1/64).  I learnt when I started to learn photography that this makes the flash fire the shortest burst of light that it can, and this helps to freeze your subject better.

 

You should set your camera to aperture priority mode and select a moderate f-stop (say something around 5).

 

Now for the setup..  and this is where the real trick photography magic happens.  You want to set your camera as close to the subject as your lens will allow.  If you don’t have a real macro lens, you will have to set it a bit further back.  Since your subject (a water droplet) will be moving, but always in a  plane that is the same distance from the camera, using manual focus will be easier than automatic in this case.  You will of course want to focus so that the water drop is in focus.

 

If you have a tripod the setup will be much easier, but either way you will need to rig things up so that the camera is close to your water source, which will probably be in your sink.

 

The next thing to do is to turn on your continuos shooting mode.  Since you’re shooting a moving subject the timing will be pretty tough, so a lot of your shots won’t turn out, and that’s ok.

 

Once you have a result that you’re happy with you can play around with adding colours to the background.  Even things like post-it notes and plastic bags can give cool effects so feel free to experiment a bit and see what you can come up with.
Here’s an example of what your shot could look like..

 

 

Hope you enjoyed these trick photography ideas and can make use of the trick photography techniques.  Happy shooting.

 

 

 

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

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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.