Camera Toss Photography Technique


Camera tossing is a “not so popular” photography technique mainly because it takes photography to amazingly new levels. Normally, photography for everyone is taking the camera in the hands and clicking photographs.

But camera toss technique defies and re-writes these rules. This is one technique that is not at all for you, if you are a beginner. I’m making this clear at the very starting because you may end up breaking your camera if you do not happen to execute this technique well.

So try at your own risk and with extreme care. Before that, let us have a look on what all we’ll be creating. Here are a few examples of what kind of photographs can be produced using the camera toss technique.




Basic Instructions

My first instruction for you if you’re new to photography is to try this technique with utmost care. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you’ll probably end up with a broken camera for sure. Apart from that, do not use any expensive DSLR camera for this technique. A normal and less expensive point and shoot will work very well.

Doing The Settings

Having a light source is very important. If you do not have the luxury of a natural light source, light a candle of torch at some distance from your experiment table and make it a light source. For best results, carry out this experiment in a dark room.

Apart from that, set a slow shutter speed. This is very important because a slow shutter speed will ensure that all the light will be consumed for the period your camera remains in the air. Use the self timer of your camera to get best timings and results.

Tossing The Camera

Alright, so now you’re ready to toss your camera. Do follow the following instructions very carefully:

  • Light the light source you have set for yourself.
  • Set a slow shutter speed setting.
  • Use a self timer of 1 or 2 seconds.
  • Make your camera face the light source directly.
  • Now toss your camera by running the timer. (Do not take it higher than 20 to 40 cm in air).
  • Very carefully, catch the camera back after you’ve followed all the above instructions.

If you’ve done everything right, you will have amazing looking photographs in your hands right now. If you don’t, either you have to tweak your shutter settings or need to set your camera timer right. Also try to adjust and experiment with different light sources for best results.

Important Things To Remember

You have the power to manipulate the speed at which your camera rotates in the air. This thing has a huge effect on the quality and type of photographs produced in same environment. Try to experiment tossing your camera at different speeds.

Exposure is another thing that defines how your photographs will look.

Shutter Speed takes care of for how long will your camera sensor respond to light. Experiment with different shutter speeds for better results.

Safety is of utmost importance in the Camera Toss photography technique. One wrong move, and you’ll end up with a dead camera. So, it’s recommended that you perform this experiment on a low level (near to the ground).

Most importantly, have fun!

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  1. Hermitbiker July 16, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    …. lol… very fascinating photographs but what a strange concept this is…. main thing is “Don’t Drop the Camera”…. lmao !!

  2. Angie July 18, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Catcher’s mitt!

  3. herveleger July 20, 2010 at 1:05 am

    The camera toss is rather good.This is very important because a slow shutter speed will ensure that all the light your camera still during the consumption of air

  4. TJ McDowell August 12, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    I’ve seen some photographers who do what I guess would be considered impressionistic photography that intentionally blurs the scene, but they just slow the shutter and keep the camera in their hand while they’re moving it. This is an all new level though. Someone needs to invent some kind of anti-shock case for cameras so it’s easy to throw cameras around. Maybe not, then people would be throwing their cameras off buildings or into traffic just to get a great shot.

  5. David Hardwick Photography October 10, 2010 at 7:52 am

    Very interesting photographs. I will not be tossing my camera as it is my livelihood plus if it were to drop on my foot I would break both.

  6. Dennis March 5, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    i tried some just now following ur instruction , results were really fantastic

  7. Harry Hilders March 8, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Out-of-the-box technique. Nice one to try with care indeed.

  8. jls5450n May 14, 2011 at 4:33 am

    i found that shaking the camera wildly under the same settings gives a similar result.

  9. R k sharma August 1, 2011 at 5:04 am

    really interesting technique,one should try with utmost care indeed. again thanks .

  10. Tom K September 2, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Who needs a toy camera? It’s like flipping omlettes in a frying pan!

    1. Tayyab September 2, 2011 at 11:16 am

      well said Tom 🙂

  11. rajb October 20, 2011 at 2:46 am

    looking at the pics, it seems that its not the camreas that are moving in some, but the lights themselves, that is a trick ive been using in my photos.

    camera tossing sounds like a stupid and dangerous enterprise, move the lights not the camera, a lot more control on the outcome.

  12. ppt February 7, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    interesting technique. thanks

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