Trick Photography Examples

photoshop-layer_masks-handsI thought it might be fun to do a page on trick photography examples with images from Evan Sharboneau’s site. I just love his photos and his fresh approach to photography.

To fully appreciate the images on this page click on each image which will then open in a new window.

Trick photography looks pretty difficult but then so do most magician’s tricks. The thing is though that they aren’t!

Do You Need A Special Camera To Take Trick Photography Pictures?

It’s quite natural to believe that you need a top-of-the-range Digital Single Reflex (DSLR) camera, costing thousands of dollars plus lots of fancy equipment and years of photographic experience, to take pictures like this.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

multiplicity-clonesYou don’t need a fancy camera. The images on this page were all shot with a Nikon D50 DSLR – the second generation of Nikon range which was introduced in 2005. In technology terms that is old but let these pictures talk for themselves.

An entry-level DSLR camera like the Nikon D50 is more than adequate. While no longer manufactured the Nikon D50 is still occasionally available on eBay for as little as $230.00.


flying_catThe camera is not at all important but understanding how a digital camera (any digital camera) works is. The basic principles of photography apply and if you understand how light works with your camera, you are creative, have ideas and a vivid imagination you are good to go.

Of course you do need to be able to take a decent well constructed and focused photograph as explained on our home page.

high-speed-water-splash-photography-fist-punchThe secret with all digital photography, including trick photography, lies in mastering the “manual” setting on your current DSLR camera in conjunction with shutter speeds, ISO settings and the image you are trying to capture.

The most common trick photography photos are of those ones that show streaks of light – sometimes referred to as light drawings – which are taken simply by leaving the shutter open for a longer length of time. Evan has some amazing “light art/drawings” using this method.

Do you need Photoshop?

“I have been told that you can only do trick photography by manipulating the images with Photoshop or some other editing software”

Not true, you can take thousands of trick photography pictures by adjusting the setting on your existing camera.

sparkler-firework-light-painting-long-exposure-portrait-girl-photographyIn a minute I will give you the link to Evan’s website where you will see more of his trick photography examples of which only about a third needed Photoshop.

Obviously if you do have Photoshop (or any similar software) it gives you more scope but you can get away with Photoshop CS2 to CS5 or even Photoshop Elements 10.

There is something extremely gratifying about producing an unusual picture that your friends are amazed by; “How the heck did you take that picture?”

Trick photography photographs are brilliant for entering photo competitions – every one loves something different.

It’s also a really cool way to get kids involved in photography.

More Trick Photography Examples.

Here are some more examples of trick photography.  Remember that these little images are limited so be sure to click on them to get the full size and full impact.



Light art with motionless subject


A tree that seems to be the only tree in the world!











For more information and to see more of Evan’s images click the banner image below which will take you to his official website.







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