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Sunday
Oct262008

Tilt-Shift Photography - Faking Miniatures

You seen this? Videos that look like they are taken of model or miniature worlds. It's a technique called tilt-shift photography where time-lapse photographs are manipulated in Photoshop.

Altering the focus simulates the shallow depth of field of 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 color 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.

There's a Tutorial on it here. But my fellow Australian Keith Loutit (below) appears to be a master of the technique.


Bathtub III from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.

Here's a good still shot from Yueh-Hua's Flickr stream. Plenty more there too - just search under "Tilt-Shift".

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