The Camera Toss- How to Make Money Taking Pictures

The Camera Toss

How to do the Camera Toss in 7 Steps

Adrienne (Question): How do you do this camera toss?! What if you drop your camera?!

Phillip Van Nostrand (Answer): Adrienne, that’s why it’s called the $3000 trick! I don’t drop my camera. And to accomplish the camera toss, you need to do a few things:

1) Have a full frame camera with a fisheye lens (I bought mine used on Craigslist for $400)

2) Set your lens on manual focus to infinity.

3) Make sure your settings are exposed properly with a FAST shutter speed, like 1/800 or faster.

4) Set your camera to AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing) so it takes three pictures in a row and just do the minimum bracketing.

5) Set your camera to 2-second timer mode (Can Nikon do this, too? edit: YES)

6) Hit the button, wait until you see the numbers count down from 2, 1 and then throw it up on 1.

7) Your toss should spin the camera a little bit around the Z-axis, meaning it should always be facing downwards, like a satellite. Give it a slight (SLIGHT!) spin so it keeps the camera flat and facing downwards. That’s about it! If you can catch your camera, you only need to throw it about five to ten feet above you and you’ll get a sweet shot! I throw it about 20 feet and I can usually catch the horizon that way.

[Editor’s Note: I’ve done the camera toss at about 15-20 weddings. I have the wedding party circle around me and it rocks their world! They love it, they trust me and will do anything I say after that, and people constantly come up to me throughout the wedding reception asking to see those pics because someone told them about what I did.]

The Camera Toss The Camera Toss The Camera Toss The Camera TossLet me know if you had the guts to try this out! I know there is a ball camera out there that someone invented to do this, and there are helicopters, drones that will carry a GoPro overhead. But nothing beats the audible gasp from your participants when they see you toss your camera 20 feet up in the sky.

The Camera Toss

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13 thoughts on “The Camera Toss- How to Make Money Taking Pictures

  1. Wow! I’m such a chicken I don’t know if I can do this! Thanks for sharing the how to just in case I get the guts to try it!

  2. HolyCrap! I LOVE LOVE LOVE these shots, and yet my heart stopped when I saw you literally THREW your camera in the air!! =0

  3. Love it…keep yourself in…you are part of what makes that moment memorable

    • Thank you! I usually keep it in for weddings, because I’m a big part of the day for the couple. Also, they hire me often for my personality, for ME and I love that.

  4. Great photos! The most impressive is the one with the flying camera. Insane technique!

  5. So did you practice this before you first tossed the camera the first time? I love the idea but I am terrified to try it until I'm convinced I could catch it.

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