The idea of tilt-shift photography is to make an object or objects within a photograph look miniature and toy-like. Basically this is achieved by taking parts of the image out of focus and bringing the required parts into sharp focus with a shallow depth of field and bright colours.
Naturally enough, this effect is achievable through Photoshop, and here I am showcasing some outstanding examples of fake tilt-shift photography. I have selected these examples on the basis that you could imagine a 3-year-old’s giant hand moving into the photo and picking up the object/objects in focus, or you could imagine standing next to it and the object reaching no higher than your ankle ie: the in-focus objects look like models/toys.
I also include a link to a tutorial for the execution of fake tilt-shift photography in Photoshop, and my own first attempt.
As you look at these images, try to imagine a child moving in and playing with the objects…. Many will make you smile as you do that.
Here is my first effort at fake tilt-shift photography. The choice of photo is all important, and I tried about five images before I settled on this one – it is trial and error really.
I have used two methods, and I am showing the results of both – the first is more or less following the tutorial exactly, the second is a very different method that I experimented with:
Tutorial for creating fake tilt-shift photography in Photoshop at tiltshiftphotography.net
Here are some links to other showcases of tilt-shift photography if you would like to see more:
Tilt-Shift Photography – 80+ Beautiful Examples, Tutorials and More at Hongkiat.com
50 Beautiful Examples of Tilt-Shift Photography at SmashingMagazine.com
Tilt/Shift Photography Links at hame.ca
Why not have a go yourself… it isn’t too complicated and remember, the most important thing about achieving a good result is your choice of image. We can see from the examples above, trains, boats, cars and planes are good subjects, as are construction machinery and buildings and towns/villages. An army – not too close up – is a good subject. Often it is better if the picture is taken from some height – but not always necessary.
Share with us your results by adding the link in the comments below – we would love to see what you create!