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The one consistent element that makes a photograph interesting are people. We just like to look at ourselves or other people. This applies to trick photography as well, whether it's levitation, forced ...

The one consistent element that makes a photograph interesting are people. We just like to look at ourselves or other people. This applies to trick photography as well, whether it's levitation, forced perspective, light paintings, and more. Being able to extract the best out of people and put them in fantastical situations are what makes trick photography so mentally stimulating. So here are some great ideas for you to incorporate into your trick photography photos to take it from good to great.

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  • Top 10 tips for taking the best trick photography photos Written by Jim T May (http://trick-photography.org)The one consistent element that makes a photograph interesting are people. We justlike to look at ourselves or other people. This applies to trick photography as well,whether its levitation, forced perspective, light paintings, and more. Being able toextract the best out of people and put them in fantastical situations are what makes trickphotography so mentally stimulating. So here are some great ideas for you toincorporate into your trick photography photos to take it from good to great.1. Tell a personal storyWhen you photograph people, involve something that makes it more personal andindividual. You could include their favorite people, objects, or pets. You could also gothe other way and include things that they dislike on purpose. The idea is to have somesort of interaction that tells a personal story or capture a little bit of the true spirit of theperson being photographed.2. Have fun with your subjectsMost of my favorite trick photos are those that looks like a lot of fun to try. It invites theviewer to try it out for themselves. So the key to making sure your photographs look funis to simply have fun! Get some close friends together and tell them what youre aimingfor. Allow them to play around and experiment so you get that natural interaction andgenuine smiles. Nothing kills the mood and fascination of a well-executed trick photothan a sour or gloomy face, unless youre aiming for that particular mood. Click here now to learn all the latest and best tricks from the best trick photography book online!
  • 3. Dont get caught unpreparedIf youre going to capture genuine smiles or anything else for that matter, remember toalways be ready with the camera. Nothing is more frustrating than knowing a greatphoto opportunity passed right in front of you when youre not ready. Some of the besttrick photographs Ive seen are unscripted.4. Nothing wrong with getting in closeThe closer you are, the more personal a photograph is. Dont be afraid to get as closeas possible and clip the people in the frame. After all, were trying to create a mood,story, or a connection through our pictures, not recording everything in a scene forpreservation.5. Go outdoorsThere are plenty of outstanding trick photography and special effect shots that are donein studios or indoors. Being indoors afford you more control over the environment anddifferent variable, hence a great result. But I tend to pay more attention to those that aredone outdoors if you present me with a gallery of indoor and outdoor trick photos. Itslike watching a great magic trick and knowing that it is so much harder and thereforeinteresting when it is done outdoor.6. Catch people off-guardAmong levitation photography enthusiasts, Natsumi Hayashi of yowayowa camera isone of the best self-portrait levitation photo-taker. Her beautiful photos of herselflevitating in busy streets and ordinary locations makes her photos unique and almostsurreal. The faces of people noticing her levitation efforts are where I derive the mostjoy from her pictures. I just cant help but imagine and wonder what goes through theirhead when they see a girl taking pictures of herself jumping in weird poses in the middleof the street.Trick Photography techniques so simple that ANYONE could do but still produce professional photographer-level of pictures!
  • 7. Use a different angleMost of us tend to see the world from the same perspective because we all standupright. Take photos from a low angle and you will see how different the world looksfrom the point of view of a child or pet. If youre taking forced perspective photos, thenchanging the angle of your camera can sometimes dramatically alter the end results.8. Capture natural reactions or notFor normal photography, you want to capture natural emotions and reactions. While thisalso works for trick photography, I do find that going completely the opposite tend toproduce interesting results. Because trick photography is sometimes surprising, using atotally out-of-place emotion or reaction further reinforces that message.9. Pay attention to your backgroundThe background is as important as the subject you are photographing. It shouldcomplement and not distract the eye from the subject. One thing you should pay closeattention to are the colors of the background. Certain colors such as red can trigger theeye to look at it immediately and drag attention away from the main subject.10. Knowledge and practiceTo improve your photos you need to keep yourself up to date with new ideas andtechniques that other people have come up with and tried. Innovation comes when oldideas and new ideas get combined and assimilated to become something new. Getsome guide and books so you dont waste time learning what other people alreadyknow. Most of what I know comes from reading and learning from other people, and therest from experimenting and experience. Click here now to begin learning trick photography techniques that will make your holiday photos POP!
  • Think differentYour imagination is your biggest trick photography asset. Photograph things and peoplethat interest you and add your own twist into it. There are plenty of trick photos onlinebut people are always interested to see more because each photographer is unique, interms of skill, experience, point of view, message, and style. So keep these top 10 tipsin mind when you are trying to take the best trick photography photos youve ever taken! Learn all the advanced trick photography techniques that professional photographers DONT WANT you to know!Jim blogs about trick photography and special effects techniques, that people use to createstunning photographs. You can sign up at his Trick Photography site to receive a free report onthe top 10 trick photography ideas for travel photos. Jim also has written an in-depth review ofEvan Sharboneaus Trick Photography ebook. Please feel free to share this document with yourfamily and friends if you think itʼll interest them, thanks!