Wingardium Leviosa

Updated: Dec 31, 2018

“Do something uncomfortable today. By stepping out of your box, you don’t have to settle for what you are–you get to create who you want to become.” -Howard Walstein

Within the first week of the new year I was signed up for numerous "projects." I began reading Art & Soul, Reloaded and E-Squared, as well as joining 52Frames. 52Frames is a weekly challenge group for photographers of all levels. Each week there is an assignment to complete, and it is as simple as that. There are no winners or losers and no raking system. As easy as it sounds, it can be a bit difficult. For instance, the challenge this week was levitation. I am not an artist when it comes to photoshop; I prefer minimal editing. So when this challenge was announced I was terrified.

I firmly believe that everything is connected and that everything happens for a reason. A few weeks ago when I was trying to brainstorm ideas for this week's challenge the theme of my Art & Soul, Reloaded weekly lesson was to stop being afraid of making messes and looking stupid. Not every shot I take is going to be perfect. So I brought back my photoshop lessons, buried deep inside my brain, from my art school days and whipped up this fun piece! While it wasn't what I originally planned, for my first attempt I think it turned out pretty awesome! Was it uncomfortable? Absolutely. But at the end of the day, I did it and we had a blast!


Emily Vance

Step 1: Photograph the model in with the background.

Step 2: Photograph just the background. Be sure to keep your settings the same. I highly suggest using a tripod, it will make the photoshop process much easier!

Step 3: Layer your images in photoshop. I put the image with the model on top. Using a layer mask, hide what ever it is you need to hide, in this case, the step stool.

Step 4: Now is the time to have fun with it! Adjust your colors, exposure, and mess around with brushes and overlays!

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