May 30 2011

Inspiration Shift: Tilt-Shift Photos and Effects

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With all of the various techniques and lenses that photographers use to create over the years in the development of their craft, we see many spring to the forefront of the industry to take hold. Of these that are popular with the public, several have been adopted by graphic artists who attempt to replicate the outcome with their own works. One that continues to grow in favor with the masses is tilt-shift photography.

Across the Web there are tutorials and tools that can assist any amatuer shutterbug or graphic artist with applying this technique to their photos after the fact. No longer is this popular style only available to those with the expertise and the proper, high end equipment. And the replication processes are getting even better with each new iteration. In fact, below we have a mix of both real tilt-shift photos and altered photos to make them appear to be tilt-shift. See if you can tell the difference!

Photography Mix


tilt-shift of Commonwealth Stadium by Ainsley Baldwin


tilt-shift train by Josh Mock


tilt-shift by mackenzie


Tilt-shift Vôlei by Paulo Guedes


tilt-shift Test 3 by Brian Finifter


tilt-shift by evanrudemi


tilt-shift cemetery by George Foster


Tilt-Shift Baseball by Jonathan Assink


Tilt-Shift – First attempt by drew_anywhere


tilt-shift Diamond Head by Kyle Nishioka


Fake Tilt-shift by James Turnbull


tilt-shift Test 2 by Brian Finifter


Met tilt-shift by hey tiffany!


Millook beach, Cornwall tilt-shift by Adrian Byrne


Backhoe tilt-shift by Mrs. Gemstone


River Thames tilt-shift by Rob Hawkes


second tilt-shift test: Santa Fe Depot by Chris Radcliff


The tiny bus- tilt-shift by David Rynde


tilt-shift by mackenzie


Gherkin tilt-shift by Rob Hawkes


NY_Tilt_Shift by Daniele Pesaresi


Paradise Point tilt-shift by Robert Simmons


Mercadillo (tilt-shift) by Jose Maria Miñarro Vivancos


dubrovnik tilt-shift by nonanet


My First tilt-shift by Scot Campbell


Frontierland at Dusk (tilt-shift) by Justin Ennis


Sydney Opera House tilt-shift by hey tiffany!


Fake tilt-shift lens effect by Janne Moren


Tilt-Shift Zebra Stripe by Jon Mountjoy


tilt-shift by Jim Sher


tilt-shift sofas by Richard-G


tilt-shift Amsterdam by Angelogyn


tilt-shift lens test2 by Jargalsaikhan Dorjnamjil


Tilt-Shifted Monaco by bobito


tilt-shift – 2nd attempt by drew_anywhere


Tilt&Shift Paris by weckscjo


Tilt-shift, Osaka by jim


tilt-shift of Rexall Place by Ainsley Baldwin


Tokyo + tilt-shift by Leo Lambertini


Manitou Incline by Angie Bowen

< < Tilt-Shift miniature faking is a creative technique whereby a photograph of a life-size location or object is manipulated to give an optical illusion of a photograph of a miniature scale model. Altering the focus of the photography in Photoshop (or similar program) simulates the shallow depth of field normally encountered with macro lenses making the scene seem much smaller than it actually is. In addition to focus manipulation, the tilt-shift photography effect is improved by increasing color saturation and contrast, to simulate the bright paint often found on scale models. >>

Tilt-Shift Resources

If you enjoyed this showcase and would like to try your hand at this technique post photo then take a look at some of the assembled goodies below to get your tilt-shift angling towards something more visually stunning:

Tutorials

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About the Author

Robert Bowen is an emerging author, celebrated podcaster and poet, and most recently the co-founder and imaginative co-contributor of the creative design and blogging duo at the Arbenting and Dead Wings Designs.

Comments and Discussions
  • pica-ae, 30 May 2011

    nice shots/manips.
    and you can clearly see that a bird’s view is the best perspective to create the miniature effect, that makes tilt shift so loved.

    • Robert Bowen, 30 May 2011

      Very true, it seems the higher up, and with the right angles of course, the better. Thanks.

  • mubeen, 30 May 2011

    Hi many many images are old not use new images and many many images are some right reserved….please use new stuff next time this is bad impression for noupe….

    • Robert Bowen, 30 May 2011

      Sorry you feel that way. However, as to the rights issues, all of the images used are available for such purposes with attribution, which has been given. But thanks.

      • mubeen, 31 May 2011

        ok Robert suppose you take permission but you use all old images what is this??? this is 2011 and you doing use 2006 or 2007 and 2005 photos why?? :) :)

      • Robert Bowen, 31 May 2011

        The images may be from a few years ago, but they were ones I have not seen featured everywhere. So in that respect they felt fresh. Obviously you do not share in this opinion. Perhaps next time. :)

        Please direct me to some examples that you would have used. I would love to see them! :)

      • mubeen, 31 May 2011

        Ok Robert Thank you…you are a nice person hun :)

  • Waheed Akhtar, 30 May 2011

    Can figure out very easily between real and fake photos.

    • Robert Bowen, 30 May 2011

      I can too…for some of them. :)

  • Alain, 30 May 2011

    Very easy to spot the fake tilt-shift shots as mentioned above. I am somewhat good at making miniature shots with TS lenses and I can tell you there are NO ways to replicate its effect without some serious PS work.

    It is not just about using linear gradient with blur. While this technique works for some shots, it fails when used for buildings since the plane of focus is not constant.

    • Robert Bowen, 30 May 2011

      I can imagine that, especially if you have worked with the actual lenses it is extremely easy to spot them. I like the tip you offered as well. Much appreciated!

  • joe keating, 31 May 2011

    I have long thought the Japanese photographer, Naoki Honjo (????) to be the master of tilt-shift. Maybe you might be interested to check out his book ‘Naoki Honjo: Small Planet [Tankobon Softcover] / author – Masahiko Sato’. It’s quite old, 2006, but in case you haven’t come across him, it’s well worth a look. Probably the best example of real tilt-shift photography that I have ever come across…

    • Robert Bowen, 31 May 2011

      Thanks, Joe! I will definitely be looking for that! :)

  • Kendra, 31 May 2011

    lol.. i can’t really tell the difference, but I do love the effect! It makes everything seem so tiny and cute :)

  • Cloudburst Web Design, 01 June 2011

    It is actually pretty easy to do this technique quickly in Photoshop, but the really amazing tilt-shift photos take into account the actual depth of elements in the photo, and try to keep area in focus to objects the same distance away, not just a blur from the bottom and top. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Rana Mukherjee, 03 June 2011

    Nice

  • Arunkarthik, 16 June 2011

    Ah man.. u made me wake up! stunnin collection.. I’m impressed..

  • WEB DESIGN, 23 June 2011

    I find very interesting

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