Levitation workshop


About the Levitation workshop

We are taking the Levitation workshop further afield to Edinburgh as well as London. This is the ultimate workshop to receive full guidance, from shooting through to editing, of the construction of  a ‘levitation’ image, a term we use loosely to describe an image where the subject appears to be flying or falling. Using strategic shooting techniques, we show you how simple the technique is, but with lots of tips for making the objective effective as an interesting end result. The aim is for you to learn the techniques of compositing which you can apply in all kinds of ways in your own work.

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This workshop is ideal for those people who want to use Photoshop and start to understand the principles of digital post-production.  It’s also handy for those photographers who are used to using Photoshop but are curious about techniques used to create surreal images.

The day starts with croissants, tea and coffee, and a brief presentation from me along with Powerpoint slides breaking down the process to the creation of my images. I talk about levitation and the ways I’ve employed compositing techniques in my own work.

I shoot for about 30 mins to demonstrate what I’ve been talking about. Following that, I invite each and every participant to shoot their own image with the model. I offer as much guidance and help as you need, within the time allotted to each person. We shoot up to lunchtime. After a lunch break, we have the area set up for editing. I edit my image taken earlier in the day, live on the projector for everyone to follow along and ask any questions. I then devote time at the end to go round helping each person with their own image from the day. The day ends with a recap.

Following the workshop, everyone receives a levitation tutorial (in movie format, to watch at your own leisure) from me. You can also email me to ask about any problems or questions concerning your own Photoshop techniques.


Both are one-day workshops, 9am – 5pm, set in studios with 1 model. There are a max of 8 places on each workshop.

Sun 25th September, Edinburgh (£199)

Sat 1st October, London (£225)


What level of skill do I need to have?

You need to be able to use your DSLR fairly confidently, so that you can shoot without needing help, but you don’t need to be an expert. You can be a beginner at Photoshop, though the editing session will move at a fairly fast pace so we’ve found that beginners will need to consult my post-workshop editing movie to recall certain parts of the process that I used for the image in question.


What do I need to bring?

Your DSLR camera, and a laptop loaded with Photoshop. If you don’t have the latter, ask me, as I have one spare. If you wish to just watch me edit, then you don’t need to bring one.


Any more questions? See the FAQ.

Need convincing? Read testimonials from previous students!

Please email contact@missaniela.com to ask further questions, or to book a place!


Read past blog posts relating to workshops, which show pics, write-ups and testimonials:

My recent workshops in LA, London & Eastbourne (January 2011)

Workshops in a haunted theatre (December 2010)

Masterclasses with Brooke Shaden in LA (Oct 2010)

Flying solo: images from October workshop in London (Oct 2010)

Next workshops! 9 and 10 October (Sep 2010)

Hover craft! Pics from my first London workshop (Sep 2010)

Update on London workshops (Aug 2010)

First London workshops! Sep 4 and 5 (Aug 2010)