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Camera Toss Photography : Why Nikon patents it ?

If you have a camera which costs a fortune, you wouldn’t dare to attempt something like this. It’s dangerous, yet fun, and might get your heart in your mouth for a second. It’s called Camera toss photography, and the one being tossed here is your camera.

Camera toss photography and Nikon’s patent

camera toss photograph of blue light
A camera toss Photograph

Nikon’s new patent war is on Camera toss photography .Nikon toss feature will have the camera intelligently take photographs when tossed into the air, or if you are careless enough the concrete floor.  So, how does toss photography work? Thanks to the accelerometer which computes the camera’s speed and angle; It takes the snaps at the best points of the Toss. For the less careful, good news is that, this patent includes protective features like a retracting collapsible lens barrel to prevent it from shock of being thrown.

How to take camera toss photographs?

This one is without the patent, and you might want to be quite careful, or else you will end up with a broken DSLR. Seriously, we don’t want that . So please do try it at home with the utmost care. Shutterstoppers will  not be responsible for the damages that might cause to your camera.

The Settings

  • Light sources like natural or a simple candle light will give you vibrant colors.
  • Dark room is preferred for this, but you would need a night vision goggles to catch the Camera. 😀
  • Slow shutter speed. Let all the light in. It gives a sense of movement.
  • A self-timer of 1 or 2 seconds most.

The Moment of truth

  • For better results, camera should face the light source.
  • Toss the camera. Not more than a few feet in the air.
  • Now ,the tricky part is catching the camera back carefully.

If everything goes according to plan, you will have some awesome photographs in your camera. You would spend months making that in Photoshop.

Things to remember

  • Exposure , shutter speed  and the number of rotations while tossing have great impact on the result. Experiment with different exposure, shutter speeds and camera rotations.
  • Safety first: Take care of your camera so that you don’t end up with a dead one.
  • Enjoy . It’s really important. Photography is fun.

Do all this by the click of a button. No wonder why Nikon patented it. Don’t expect it as a feature in DSLRs. It would be available only in point and shoot cameras.

Check out some awesome Toss photographs at our inspiration section.



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Vidhu Soman

Vidhu is an enthusiastic photographer from Kerala, India. His desire to share his knowledge and experience on photography was the motivation for creating Shutterstoppers. His dream is to provide a platform for people all around the world to exchange ideas and information on everything related to photography. In addition to photography, he also has a keen interest in traveling, philately and science.

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