Levitation Photography – How to make a model float in air

To make our model levitate, we placed Katrina on top of a ladder.  With the camera on a tripod so that the framing stayed consistent, we took a couple of shots, with and without the model.

In  Photoshop, we placed the image with the model, lighting equipment and ladder on a layer on top of the image without the model.  This allowed us to carefully “erase” the ladder to reveal the background underneath.

Model: Katrina McCloy Photographer: Zhi Lee Makeup and Hair: Lisa Robb Canon EOS 6D, 1/100s @ f/4.5
Model: Katrina McCloy
Photographer: Zhi Lee
Makeup and Hair: Lisa Robb
Canon EOS 6D, 1/100s @ f/4.5
And this is how we did it with a ladder held steady by Don, and our models sitting on top for each image.  The softbox gave the model a bit more pop, so they stand out from the busy background. Model: Katrina McCloy Makeup: Lisa Robb
And this is how we did it with a ladder held steady by Don, and our models sitting on top for each image. The softbox gave the model a bit more pop, so they stand out from the busy background.
Model: Katrina McCloy
Makeup: Lisa Robb
  • Aperture: ƒ/4.5
  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D
  • Focal length: 24mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/100s

Zhi Lee

Award winning NZ wedding, travel and portrait photographer. Creating images for the enjoyment of others really gets me going. It is through photography that I get to connect with people and express a little bit of creativity.