Daily Archives: January 20, 2009

Tilt photo fun…

This website allows you to do a really neat trick with photographs.  Tilt-Shift miniature faking is a process by which:

“a photograph of a life-size location or object is manipulated so that it looks like a photograph of a miniature scale model. By distorting the focus of the photo, the artist simulates the shallow depth of field normally encountered with macro lenses making the scene seem much smaller than it actually is. Many miniature faked photographs are taken from a high angle to further simulate the effect of looking down on a miniature.”

I know, I know…what the hell does that mean?  Well, it’s better to demonstrate it than talk (or write about it) so here’s a picture I took a Reykjavik, Iceland a few years back before applying the tilt-shift method:

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland

And here is the same picture after applying the method:


The website makes this effect wicked-easy to use and requires you to click just a few buttons to make it happen.  In fact, if you found this blog you have more than the necessary skills to do it.  Now, only some pictures really benefit from this effect.  Some tips on good candidates:

  • “Photos of scenes work much better. Close-up shots of one or more subjects rarely work well.”
  • “The bottom of the photo should be that part of the scene nearest the camera. As you move to the top of the photo, the distance of objects in the photo should gradually become further away.  For this reason, photos taken looking down at an angle to a scene often make good tilt-shift miniatures, because they have a good mix of objects at different distances. We want to give the illusion of focusing the camera at a very specific distance, so having good depth in the photo is important.”