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
TiltShift Generator 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.