Inspiration Shift: Tilt-Shift Photos and Effects
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!
< < 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. >>
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:
- Tilt-Shift Photography Photoshop Tutorial
- tilt-shift Photoshop Tutorial: How to Make Fake Miniature Scenes
- How to use Photoshop's Lens Blur tool for tilt-shift fakery (Part 1 of 2) & Part 2
- Video Tutorial: tilt-shift via Photoshop
- TiltShift Generator (Adobe AIR app)
- TiltShift Maker (Online Service)
- TiltShift ($1.99 App for iOS devices)
- tilt-shift Focus ($0.99 App for iOS devices)