The combination of digital photography and photo editing programs have opened up a pandora of fantasy images no one could have ever imagined. The above image shown in this post has been called Tilt-shift photography. A tilt-shift lens is also known as a perspective control lens and can cost well over a $1000. Back in the film days and before programs like Photoshop existed, this was the only option to achieve the effect of creating a shift image. The primary use is to keep parallel lines from converging in your image. The convergence of parallel lines is seen mostly when someone is standing on the ground and taking a picture of a tall building. The human eye and brain correct this issue when looking at the building, but a camera can not without the assistance of such a lens.
Today, there is Photoshop and other editing programs that can correct these problems. Unlike the limiting control by an enlarger in the film days, many adjustments can be made on the fly, digitally to achieve the best effect. This also allows the amateur digital photographer to manipulate images to look like a pro without the hefty price tag of the tilt-shift lens.
The cool thing by using the tilt-shift effect during post processing is that you can create some fun miniaturization pictures. This post’s image is a promotional photo for StarLED. The digital post processing was done in Photoshop CS5 to create a miniature “faking” image. As my own critic, the image would look more like a miniature play set if there were no people in the background. This was not possible due to my location during the shoot and timing of the shot. This was taken hanging out the window while in a moving truck going up an on ramp to the highway. It was part of a 30 shot burst out of my Canon EOS T2i Rebel camera with a 50mm 1.4 lens.
I acquired the technique of miniature faking in Photoshop from a YouTube video by Zozzy at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Cv-r7ajO7I . Please check out her tutorial for the method used. You can also find this image in the Microfile portfolio where you can find other skills I have learned and are offering to my clients.
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