Tilt-shift photography refers to us of camera movement on small and medium format cameras. Sometimes, it also refers to the use of tilt for selective focus.
The final results tilt-shift photography involve making your subjects appear as if they are cute little toys. This is a form of trick photography and it has been grabbing much attention for last few years. The main purpose of this trick is to pick a real life scene and convert it into a fun miniature scene.
For professional tilt-shift results, you will need a specialized lens. But there are free apps that you can use with your mobile device that generate near-pro results.
Understanding Tilt-shift Photography
Tilt-shift actually encompasses two different types of movements: rotation of the lens plane relative to the image plane, called tilt, and movement of the lens parallel to the image plane, called shift. Tilt is used to control the orientation of the plane of focus (PoF), and hence the part of an image that appears sharp.
Some digital cameras now offer built-in miniature option to create such photos. They of course create this effect using software. On the commercial end, the pros create tilt-shift photography with a very special type of lens which costs a lot of money.
These days, even mobile phone cameras are coming equipped with tilt-shift photography so things are much easier these days. All you need now is the knowledge of selective focus, which is often used for simulating a miniature scene.
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Tour to Chinatown
A street in Ireland
The Empire State shadows the big apple
Diesel engine burns the tracks
The boulevard in the big city
The American export to Olympics
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Tilt-shift creates beautiful innocent looking photos, but this is not the most commercial kind of effect such as Fish-eye. While you should take control of it because it boosts your creativity and takes really cool pictures, I’d suggest that you don’t buy any expensive equipment just to take tilt-shift photos.
Although, in most cases, you won’t have to buy any special equipment to take such photos.
Secondly, do experiment. Tilt-shift is such a type of photography that makes absolutely ordinary things look spectacular, but turns breathtaking landscapes into mediocre images. So make sure you experiment with it a lot and take images of everywhere. Once you get hold of it, you’ll love this effect.