The combination of digital photography and photo editing programs like Adobe Photoshop and Corel PHOTO-PAINT have opened up a Pandora of fantasy images no one could have ever imagined. The above image shown uses a technique called “Tilt-shift”.  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 image processing programs existed, this was the only option to achieve the effect of creating a shift type 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 in real life, but a camera cannot without the assistance of such a lens.  An optical illusion is the name given to the human mind straightening the lines in a building when it looking up.

Today, there are image processing programs to correct the converging lines in an image.  Unlike the limiting control by an enlarger in the film days, many adjustments can be made on the fly to achieve the best effect. This also allows the amateur digital photographer to manipulate images to look like a professional without the hefty price tag of the tilt-shift lens.

Miniature Faking

The cool thing by using the tilt-shift effect during post processing is that you can create some fun miniaturization pictures. The outcome is to make the objects in the image look like a toy model. This post’s image is a promotional photo for client and was used on their front website page and social media during the event. 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 a ramp to the highway. It was part of a 30 shot burst out of my Canon EOS Rebel T2i camera using an EF 50mm f/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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