View Full Version : Aerial Effects Help?

04-30-2013, 01:31 PM
(Newbie to DSLR -- Nikon D5100 with no mount flash or fancy gizmos.)

I plan to finish up a cosplay from "Attack on Titan" and wish to have my sister be able to take pictures of me in mid-air.
I think we're coordinated enough to take decent jumping pictures, but I'd like to try getting more "dramatic" shots, to look like I'm actually flying at a high altitude.

We've tried similar shots, with her basically laying on the floor, but are there easier ways/tips to get a cool shot without completely botching up body proportions?

Perhaps not necessarily at this angle, but I'd like to capture this sort of effect of no ground.


Thank you for any tips/help! :)

05-07-2013, 10:27 AM
So you want this kind of?

You don't have off camera flash? ugh...
The shot itself is pretty easy to set up.
To get that sky exposed right you need to get your camera to think it's the sky you want exposed. This should then give you a pretty blue sky but dark character.
You could use a reflector to bounce sunlight back into the character.
The flash duration is what freezes the action so there is no motion blur.
If you have on camera flash you might get lucky.
You need to go into P mode on your dial.
aim the camera at mid tones in the sky to get exposure readings.
set it up in manual based on those settings and now you must get as much light on talent as you can. Plus freeze with on camera flash? might work. maybe tough though.
the goal is to get sky and character both exposed so good luck having a camera's auto exposure figure that out.

body proportion problems or wide angle distortion is probably a distance to camera thing.
Obviously you need to have sis at a low angle shooting up at you with only sky as background. she might be too close to you.
good luck! sounds fun but be careful.

It would be so much easier to just get on a plane, come over and we'll do it here : )

05-07-2013, 08:06 PM
Wow, lots of good tips, thank you!

Definitely do know that I need a good flash some day--until then, I'm hoping to better master playing with all them fancy knobs & dials on camera. ;D

Can't say I fully understand every tip, but I think I've got the gist of it so TONS of thanks!

(Haha, with the cost of a plane ticket I could invest in the flash. :D)

05-08-2013, 06:02 PM
You are so very welcome! : )
Sorry, I have a bad habit of assuming people know what I'm talking about when I ramble.

Another way to do it, with what you have, would be to get a green or bluescreen backdrop a medium distance behind you. Light it seperately.
Take a picture while you jump and maybe photoshop a beautiful sky background as another layer once you key out the green or blue from the backdrop.

I could pm some examples or setup illustrations if you would like.
BTW - I'm afraid to fly so maybe it would be more fun to just get all my Michigan friends to join me and cosplay (driving - walking would take to long but would be quite awesome!) all the way to California. It would have to set some form of record for longest cosplay.

Good luck and have fun with those dials!