tilt-shift photography

tilt-shift photography (miniature faking) is a pretty sweet way of taking a photograph of a life-size location or object, and manipulating it to give an optical illusion of a photograph of a miniature scale model, such as the Eiffel Tower above.

altering the focus of the photo in Photoshop (or a 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 colour saturation and contrast, to simulate the bright paint often found on scale models.

most faked tilt-shift photographs are taken from a high angle to further simulate the effect of looking down on a miniature. the technique is particularly effective on buildings, cars, trains and people.

anyway, here is a tutorial on how to achieve said effect.

my first attempt:

other examples (not mine):

click on the images for the larger images and more from their posters.

  1. Great work. The football stadium looks amazing. – the transatlantic diablog (we follow you now!)

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