About Jim May

Jim blogs about trick photography and special effects techniques, that people use to create stunning photographs. You can sign up at his Trick-Photography.org site to receive a free report on the top 10 trick photography ideas for travel photos. Jim also has written an in-depth review of Evan Sharboneau's Trick Photography ebook for those who wants to learn all the beginner and advanced trick photo techniques.

Vadering – A New Spin on Trick Photography

Vadering - A new spin on trick photography

Internet memes: you either love them or hate them. There are meme that just don’t make sense such as planking or girl’s doing a duck face. But every once in a while, there comes memes that are actually cool and are worth sharing. A very good example of this is Vadering, a new meme that geeks and sci-fi fans would surely love. If you are at least familiar with the Star Wars movie, then you are most likely with the capability of Darth Vader to choke other beings telepathically. Well it turns out that ordinary humans can do that as well as long as you have a digital camera and a good sense of timing. Continue reading

How to Capture Cheap Trick Photos with Easy Memorable Techniques

How to capture cheap trick photosDo you own a camera and are you interested in expanding your creativity shooting beyond the squat technique? You can easily create cheap trick photos that would amaze your friends and even surprise yourself with light painting and levitation photography techniques. The tricks are easy to learn and cheap to use. Continue reading

Forced Perspective Photography – Just Great Timing And Imagination Required!

forced perspective photography

If you are looking for some clever photography techniques to help you create visually stunning pictures, you will want to know more about forced perspective technique. Forced perspective photographs take something that we are familiar with and distort it so it appears strange. The most common style of forced perspective shots make things appear smaller, larger, closer or farther away than they are in reality. Although the results are spectacular, you do not require expensive equipment or expert training to take these shots. You just need an interesting subject, some imagination and great timing. Continue reading

An introduction to light painting

Introduction to light paintingLight painting is a unique trick photography technique which involves the photographer making some exposures by moving his camera or his hand-held light-source. This technique was first used by Frank Gilbreth and his wife in 1914. Frank Gilbreth used an open camera’s shutter and some small light sources to trace the motion of various clerical and manufacturing employees. However, Man Ray is actually the first art photographer to use light painting in his 1935 series the “Space writing”. The results are so mesmerizing that even today we still find many photographers finding new creative uses for this technique. Continue reading

Practical tips on how to improve your levitation photos in trick photography

Practical tips on how to improve your levitation photos in trick photographyLevitation photos is a type of trick photography that has seen a recent boost in popularity. Many people around the world are now forming photography clubs, workshops, and meet ups dedicated levitation photos. The rise of social media has made it extremely easy for us to share our photographic creations instantly with anyone around the world, so everyone with a camera are starting to join in this fun new endeavor. Continue reading

Simple ways to get the best trick photography photos from your human subject

Simple ways to get the best trick photography photos from human subjectSo you manage to get someone to pose for you so you can practice taking some trick photography shots, what can you do to get the best pose or photos? The key is to make it fun so the pictures don’t turn out like portraits with a forced smile. You’ll need ways to relax the subject so the smile, pose, or expression you’re looking for is the one you get. Here are two simple ways to improve the quality of their pose. Continue reading

The rising popularity of levitation photos and trick photography ideas

The rising popularity of levitation photos and trick photography ideasTrick photography and levitation photos aren’t a new phenomenon. Amateur and professional photographers have been creating trick photos since the beginning of photography itself. Some have made fortunes creating these photos. Not long ago trick photography was only discussed in photography clubs and forums and considered a fun way for hobbyists to master photography. Continue reading