Levitation Photography: 65 Stunning Examples & Tutorials

Many says floating in the air, or so called levitation is impossible. Well, in fact everything is possible, all you need to do is believe yourself, seriously, believe that you can achieve it! And uh, believe that the Photoshop can help you achieve it. Okay, I’m talking about achieving levitation with the help of cheat tool like Photoshop.

levitation example
(Image Source: Dejon)

Levitation is said to be some sort of skill that allows human to float in the air and yes, nobody did that successfully until now. However, it’s an interesting concept that has been played out in many movies to impress people, thus attracting photographers to produce their own fantastic work of levitation.

Every miracle needs evidences right? Well, we’ve ‘flied’ though several websites to get you 56 very inspiring and somehow a little bit spooky examples of levitation photography with different kind of ‘floating’ pose. Also we are not gonna just show you how people ‘fly’, but teach you how to ‘fly’ with 15 tutorials collected into this post. So all you have to do is sit there for now, enjoy these inspiring examples and, may be, get yourself ‘floating’ in the air afterward!

Floating Without Boundaries

198. ‘No meaning to this, just a quick shot with some levitation and flying hair to add interest. I was thinking of some of my favorite painters and the luminous quality to their work when I edited this. The reflection was quite a feat! ‘ (Image Source: Somewhere Lovely)

198

A Breeze In The Room. Truly professional work with great composition, the floating cloud is just amazing! (Image Source: brookeshaden)

a breeze in the room

A Moving Caste. Loved the shadow and feathers, it will be more epic if there’s wings in the shadow! (Image Source: Terra Kate)

a moving castle

An Alternate Route. Many has done photography with levitation effect, but only few can create the effect with very natural feel, such as this dazzling work. (Image Source: brookeshaden)

an alternate route

At Water Level. Fantastic composition, the reflection is perfect and the ripples even makes the levitation effect more realistic! (Image Source: ChelseyLeBlanc)

at water level

Bad Dreams. This fantastic photo itself is seems telling a story, probably an underrated piece. (Image Source: Christina Arrivillaga)

bad dreams

Because I Don’t Trust Airplanes. I believe airplane is much more safer! Gorgeous shot with natural pose, loved the idea very much! (Image Source: redredhead)

because i dont trust airplanes

Books Can Take You Anywhere. A meaningful shot with warm colors, every photo with levitation effect tells a story. (Image Source: -Emillie-)

books can take you anywhere

Broken Wings. Well, this is simply epic. Respected the hard work of the photographer too, you can probably check out the entire process behind this epic shot. (Image Source: Jenny Jacobsson)

broken wings

Chasing Elephants. Amusing shot with perfect tone and extremely realistic shadows, faved this! (Image Source: Terra Kate)

chasing elephants

Defying Gravity. Life without gravity is just fantastic, creative shot. (Image Source: stumayhew)

defying gravity

Delusional Imprisonment. ‘It was really fun despite being really dirty, dusty, having near insect-nest touching incidents, bumping into 4 stray dogs and a civil defence worker.’ (Image Source: JolsAriella)

delusional imprisonment

Easter Laziness. Had a lovely feel with this piece, a levitation photo with peaceful theme. (Image Source: eva)

easter laziness

Electric Jon. The expression has made this common levitation photo entirely uncommon. (Image Source: RachelMarieSmith)

electric jon

Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic. I wonder how she got the permission from the gas station to do this, amusing and creative work anyway! (Image Source: gigikassis)

magic

First Levitation. When was your first levitation? A great attempt by Kelly.grace. (Image Source: kelly.grace)

first levitation

Floating Woman. A levitation with elegance applied, love the lighting as well. (Image Source: maneeacc)

floating woman

Getting Food. I think standing will be easier to get the food, very interesting attempt by SANI GZ! (Image Source: SANI GZ)

getting food

Gypsy. Beautiful production with magical feel, falling cards are the best part that makes the entire photo more realistic and believable. (Image Source: hilaryament)

gypsy

Heaven. Masterpiece. (Image Source: Dejon)

heaven

Insomia. A typical use of levitation effect in ghost movies, very spooky yet excellent work! (Image Source: delila)

insomia

Levitating Baker. ‘Something magical going on as Kim checks on her sugar cookies!’ An impressive and magical work indeed. (Image Source: Royce Hutain)

levitating baker

Mother’s Day. Levitation is more realistic when more people get involved! (Image Source: Tin Wedding Whistle)

mothers day

Moving Block. Different with most photographers, Natsumi Hayashi prefers jump to create the levitation effect, but her works are even more realistic than most photographers who embraced photo manipulation. (Image Source: Natsumi Hayashi)

moving block

My World. Levitation is not human’s ability anymore, a charming piece! (Image Source: RachelMarieSmith)

my world

Ninety.Seven. I like the legs’ pose, it’s so relaxing and realistic. (Image Source: mebemrslerman)

ninety seven

Paradox. ‘Seriously, I have never spent so much time editing a photo, 4 hours on Photoshop non-stop. There were a lot of things that I wasn’t happy with when editing this photo I have about 10 PSD files sitting on my desktop at the time of writing and about 30 JPEG files, what a mess.’ (Image Source: alexcottrillphotography)

paradox

Pixie Dust. Sensational work with great model acting on, model is probably the most important element in achieving most realistic levitation. (Image Source: brookeshaden)

pixie dust

Playing Piano. Every musical piece will sounds epic if you play with this style, stunning work! (Image Source: Anka Zhuravleva)

playing piano

Ropes. A totally creative product utilizing the rope, which is also signified by author as some kind of ‘social bond’ in our life. (Image Source: Somewhere Lovely)

ropes

Saying Goodbye. When is your last separation with the beloved person? When it’s used correctly, levitation is one of the greatest way to tell a heart touching story. (Image Source: Kristi Fräzier)

saying goodbye

Scared Of Sleep. Scared of sleep? I’m scared of you. Deadly amazing work. (Image Source: The Dirty Projector)

scared of sleep

Stirring Dust. ‘Only in our sleep can we read the pages of our dreams.’ (Image Source: brookeshaden)

stirring dust

Sugar & Spice. Levitation applied to life activity, how magical! (Image Source: RachelMarieSmith)

sugar and spice

Unity Of The Universe. ‘I wanted to do a levitation photo because it’s the best way I can demonstrate how great music makes me feel.’ (Image Source: Anka Zhuravleva)

unity of the universe

Violinist. Music is known for no boundaries, so is levitation. (Image Source: Anka Zhuravleva)

violinist

When Will I See You Again. A levitation work that talks a romantic love story, perfect expression. (Image Source: blakejacobsen)

when will i see you again

Tutorial

Anatomy Of A Shot. Just as its name, this tutorial will show you the entire process of creating the photo with levitation effect as below. The secret weapon is rope.

anatomy of a shot

Dreaming Of Flying. Extremely detailed article sharing how the author achieves the levitation in her photography, a must-see article.

dreaming of flying

Levitation Secrets Revealed! The Making & Behind-The-Scenes. A must-read for levitation photography’s learner, as the author revealed his tricks for all his levitation photos, explained in video and photo format!

levitation secrets revealed

Floating In Photoshop. A comprehensive tutorial that lists out all tools and steps you need to get yourself ‘floating’ in the air.

floating in photoshop

Free Fall. Although this video tutorial guides you to create the photo with people ‘falling’, the described method can actually be used to create nice levitation work.

free fall

How To Float In Mid Air. ‘In this photography tutorial I teach you how to take a picture of a person (or object) floating in mid air.’

How To – Levitation. Different with all tutorials here, this in-depth tutorial’s gonna show you how to create ‘levitating’ objects.

How To Levitate. A tutorial that not only teaches you how to create the levitation effect, but also sharing the tips to make the entire work more realistic.

how to levitate

How To Levitate?. Easy levitation effect explained in this comprehensive tutorial with dual language.

How To Levitate – Levitating Photographer. ‘I finally did a full behind the scenes video of the photoshoot and editing.’

levitating photographer

How To Photograph A Flying Cat. Learn to shoot your flying car with this amusing yet thoughtful tutorial!

Levitation Photography. Discover how to defies the law of gravity with the power of Photoshop !

levitation photography

Levitation Photography And Working With Textures. Not really a tutorial for complete beginner but a good read for those who want to apply texture into its levitation production.

levitation photography with textures

Levitation Tutorial. Step by step tutorial guaranteed to help you get anything ‘levitating’ in your photo, worth a read!

levitation tutorial

Simple Levitation. Tutorials before are too hard for you? Take this, the simplest tutorial to create your first levitation photo.

The Purist Method. This is actually not a tutorial, but a good documentation to show you how photographer creates levitation photo by just using jump method, which is also the method embraced by famous levitation photographer, Natsumi Hayashi.

Reflection

Honestly I’m quite surprised when I discovered there are thousands of quality levitation photos existed in the web. It seems that the concept has been played by many photographers over years. With such richful productions, I’ve been thinking what makes a good levitation photo for now?

I believe it will be an extremely quality photo with ultimately interesting or spooky concept applied like Broken Wings, Heaven and Insomia. Anyway it’s also about personal taste, so I might prefer these kinds of photos more.

What’s your favorite levitation photos in this showcase then? While I bet you will love Broken Wings also, let us know your true favorites in your comment!

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Alvaris is a web designer, developer and staff writer for Hongkiat.com.

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