I have a new passion: camera tossing. Yes, you heard it right! Toss your camera into the air and you’ll have a good laugh when watching the results. What you get afterwards is always funny and tossing itself is fairly simple.
There are two different results one can expect and they need different settings on your camera. One result could be to produce funny patterns and blurred images (which requires a long shutter speed), I like to take sharp tossing photos where you can see the people on the ground, trying to catch the camera.
For these kinds of photos you should use the following settings:
1.) Take the most expensive camera you can possibly get – no joking! Get a camera which can shoulder a drop on the ground, whether it is the cheapest one or the most rugged one.
2.) Use a wide angle, best would be a fisheye lens. The wider the lens, the more you’ll catch on the photo and it will look like the camera would have been far up in the sky!
3.) Set your camera to self timer mode and turn the autofocus off.
4.) Estimate the height you’ll probably toss and set the manual focus to this distance.
5.) Set the autofocus mode to manual by using the estimated distance.
6.) Use a good compromise for a short shutter speed and a closed aperture, for getting sharp photos with a good depth of field.
7.) If necessary, mount a flash light on the camera, like I did on the second photo. But the flash will make it more difficult to toss!
8.) If you are not alone out there, tell everyone that only you will be allowed to catch the camera! Otherwise people might get insured by trying to catch the flying thing…
9.) Hit the release button, wait a few seconds (depends on your self timer mode) and toss it!
Try this several times, to get a feeling for the camera, the timer and the spin you might need to have the lens facing the ground, when the timer goes off.
Only one time I dropped my Nikon D3 so far… But nothing happened because of rule number 10.) make sure you are standing on a relatively soft ground! And don’t forget to keep smiling when you drop it