Also known as "Miniature" effect, it produces a result very dear to any pictures taken with wide field of view simulating a real scale model of miniatures. This is known technically as Tilt Shift.
In photography, Tilt-Shift refers to the use of a technique that involves use of a selective tilt and focus movements using small and medium size format cameras.
In photography, Tilt-Shift refers to the use of a technique that involves use of a selective tilt and focus movements using small and medium size format cameras. The effect consists drastically reducing the depth of field of a picture. Thus, we get the pictures that seem like scale models, especially when photos are taken from an elevated viewpoint or, better yet, with aerial views of an area.
Feel like a God with a toy world!
Miniaturizing the world
Some examples of real photographs of moments and events taken with Tilt Shift effect. They aren't scale models!
- Tennis Match
- Gatwick Airport, London
- Bangkok Rush Hour
- Snowdon Railway
- Car Show
- Sumo Fight
- Coney Island Carnivale
- MiniLook Kiev
- Tiny Capital
- The Sandpit - A day in New York City
- The City of Samba
Why don't you try it? Here are three interesting resources for you
It's not hard to do. Try editing a photograph to get this curious effect. We'll help you by showing you these resources: firstly, if you dare, you can try with this photoshop tutorial, or just apply the Photoshop action that we link to below.
Comparative images: On the left, the original. On the right, tilt-shifted. The original image used in this tutorial is released under a Creative Commons licence by Flickr member: articnomad.
Tutorial thumbnail: Ten steps to do it
If you don't want concerns also you can serve yourself of this web app: TiltShift Generator is a web service developed by Takayuki Fukatsu that adds cool camera effect to your picture on the fly.
There's even an app for iPhone!
Tilt Shift App for iPhone and iPad transforms a scene into a miniature world. This application simulates a tilt-shift lens that tricks your mind into seeing a photo as a miniature scene like a model railroad for example.
TiltShiftGen enables you to control perfect lens blur and color effects! Best App Ever Award's Best Photo Manipulation App Second Place.