Editing Exercise – Floating on Cloud Nine

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This was one of my most widely requested edits, and surprisingly one of my most liked photos on Instagram. I was on the fence on whether I wanted to post a behind the scenes on it, but at the end of the day, it’s just a picture. I’ve learned from from others in the creative field, maybe I can encourage someone else to do the same.

In 30 seconds or less, you can make a person float by either having them jumping in the air with a fast shutter speed or you can have them lay/lean against something. I chose the latter. This photo was done with a $9 stool I got from TJ Maxx for the express purpose of taking this photo. I just told Angelica to slowly lean back as far as you can without falling over – just to make it look natural.

Ideally, I’d love to do a shoot with just floating subjects. It’s a type of shot that really stretches creative boundaries. You have to be able to compose the shot to make your editing life easier, get the lighting right, and visualize the final shot after all of the photoshop, no matter how ridiculous it may look in person. I’m currently in the midst of midterms, so I don’t have the brain capacity at the moment.

But here’s hoping.

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