Noupe Editorial Team August 11th, 2010

Toss Your Camera (Photography)

Camera toss photography is a relatively unknown technique, but its title alone is a good explanation of the photography technique. Yes, photographers literally throw their camera in the air after doing necessary shutter adjustments to achieve beautiful and original images.

In this post we present original examples of camera toss photography. Please notice: you may feel inspired to experiment with this technique yourself, but please be careful and start with an old camera to minimize the damages. Before starting, don’t forget to check some tips and techniques of toss photography to have a better understanding of how it works — they are listed in the end of the post.

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Camera Toss Photography

camera tossing

camera tossing

Camera Toss 1.3

Camera Toss 1.3

a proper camera toss

a proper camera toss

Light blue

Light blue

Camera Toss

Camera Toss

DSCN0094

DSCN0094

DSCN0634

DSCN0634

Looped TV.

Looped TV.

Camera Toss Red drops

Camera Toss Red drops

DSC05000

DSC05000

Camera toss @ the bridgewater hall

Camera toss @ the bridgewater hall

DSCN0592

DSCN0592

fusion 2

fusion 2

Camera Toss 480

Camera Toss 480

Camera Toss

Camera Toss

DSCN0330

DSCN0330

CTS15

CTS15

CTS18

Fallen Leaf

Camera Toss at Sunset

Camera Toss at Sunset

Camera toss

Camera toss

My first camera toss part 4

My first camera toss part 4

Camera Toss #2

Camera Toss #2

Camera Toss 1

Camera Toss 1

Camera Toss

Camera Toss

011/365: Camera Toss Extravaganza

011/365: Camera Toss Extravaganza

Artsy Camera Toss

Artsy Camera Toss

Stairwell Camera-Toss

Stairwell Camera-Toss

frequency

frequency

Camera Toss

Camera Toss

Camera Toss

Camera Toss

Camera Toss 147

Camera Toss 147

Camera Toss 131 – Galaga

Camera Toss 131 - Galaga

Camera catch

Camera catch

Camera Toss: Trees and Sky

Camera Toss: Trees and Sky

Kinetic 1566

Kinetic 1566

More information

Snap a Camera-Toss Picture

Camera Toss: Mini-HOWTO

_nod’s tossing guide for beginners.

Camera Tossing (Video)

Camera Toss Photography Technique

Camera Toss – HowTo

Camera Toss Photography

The Art of Camera Toss Photography

How To Take a Camera-Toss Photo (Video)

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29 comments

  1. Interesting to look at, and if anyone out there is ok with me throwing their slr in the air give me a shout. I worked too hard and saved for too long to risk damaging mine. Cool post though.

  2. I tried this technique in the day time when I could actually see my camera to catch it. I got some pretty effective results… haven’t been confident enough to do it in the dark yet though, could be an expensive shot to take!

  3. You could always attach a rope, or even your dog’s leash to the normal neck strap so that you can still get distance yet have the ability to save your camera if something goes wrong. I plan on trying this out tonight!

    1. This approach falls within the domain of kinetic photography but violates the basic rule of toss photography, specifically, the camera must be aloft and untethered while the shutter is open. Six or eight of the images in this compilation show the telltale signs of tethered tossing – interrupted smooth lines being the most obvious sign. (Interruption of smooth lines can also be arise in true tosses due to lens wobble.)

  4. Wow, who would have thought such a random way of taking photographs would get such awesome results? Might want to buy a spare camera from DubLi in case it all goes horribly wrong, though….

    1. Initially, for me, composition was “random” but with thousands of tosses behind me I can say that directed composition is attainable.

  5. Some very interesting shots here. For anyone who wants to try this, but doesn’t want to risk damaging their camera:
    1. Try using an older camera if you have one.
    2. Put some kind of pillow or cushion for it to land on in case you don’t catch it.
    3. Put the camera in a case.

  6. Very interesting! I never thought that tossing my camera (with some skills of course) could capture such beautiful images!

  7. Hey i tried it once and damaged my camera. Although its a fascinating photography technique but be careful.

  8. FO! I’m elated to find you all!
    Hundreds of people will tell you, I’ve been going this technique — with my traditional cameras/film — for 35 years. [PLEASE don’t tell my husband how I got all those shots! He’s the only one I’ve tried to keep the technique a secret from.] Now, I use my digital camera for the same purpose.

    I am so spazzed to hear of others doing it, too!!
    Thanks for publishing the info. If you hadn’t shared, I wouldn’t have know others are ‘crazy’ w the camera, too.

  9. I’m a pro photographer based in Madison WI. The photos in the article are interesting to view, and the concept interesting to ponder. Instead of tossing in the towel, toss up (and hopefully grab) the camera. How about the quick pass/toss to a friend across the room? Why throw your money around when you can throw your camera instead! Wonder how this works with underwater photography?

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