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Levitation photography made simple with Snapheal

Photographer Luke Sharratt uses Snapheal to make his subjects appear to fly. 

Mobile photographers can make magic happen in the palm of their hands using a wide array of interesting techniques. One popular spell is levitation photography; subjects appear to float or fly as they are frozen in unlikely positions midair. The #levitation tag currently garners more than 30,000 results on Statigram. 

Photographer Luke Sharratt used Snapheal to remove a stool that held up the model in this image.

While there are many ways to accomplish this photographic feat -- including by just jumping very well and freezing the action as teenage photographer Natsumi Hayashi, called "Tokyo's Levitating Girl," supposedly does with her Canon EOS 5D Mark II and a timer -- a little software wizardry may also come in handy. Photographer Luke Sharratt has paired with the desktop app for Mac Snapheal to show off its gravity-defying capabilities. Snapheal has begun sharing Sharratt's results on its blog, which look lovely, but we're most interested to see the method behind his magic. 

Whether using a mobile device or DSLR, you too can try levitation photography, with or without software assistance -- the Internet is rife with levitation tutorials


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