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Tilt Shift

Recently, I’ve been spending a lot of time with my photography.  Mostly this is due to the fact that I’ve been trying to slog through the thousands of photos I took while in Japan in order to pick which ones I should post to my Flickr account and, thus, use in my blog posts.  Getting lost in working with photos for hours at a time is not something new in my life.  I’ll admit that I have always been a wee bit obsessed with photography…

Well, while taking some breaks from preening my photos and uploading them to the internets, I’ve been perusing some photography on the internet and have become enamored with tilt-shift photography – more specifically, tilt-shift miniature faking.  From what I’ve seen, tilt-shift miniature faking is, generally, the use of tilt-shift style post-processing to make fake miniatures photographs out of normally taken digital photographs.

Still not sure what I’m talking about?  Check out the informative Wikipedia article.

Anywho, a quick search of the term “tilt shift” over on Flickr yields an impressive array of quality representative examples of tilt-shift miniature faking, including these two that I really enjoy:

funslide by Flickr user ham and fleas

Sydney, tilt shifted by Flickr user Becky E

There is so much cool stuff out there.  I really want to be able to produce some awesome tilt-shifted photographs!!  So, I decided I would start with the low impact way of attempting to produce some of these types of photographs (aka not delving into detailed Photoshop tutorials) by using the free online editing service offered by TiltShift maker on some of the photographs I already have uploaded to Flickr.  This is the only halfway decent one that I was able to produce:

I am not discouraged, though, and I don’t think that it is all the fault of the tool that I was using, although it is limited to some degree.  [I have seen some amazing photos come from TiltShift maker's editing tool...]

As I see it, my issues are two-fold:  1) I don’t take many photos that really lend themselves to the task of tilt-shift miniature faking.  I think the best results are produced using wide-angle shots, taken from a high elevation; I typically tend towards macro photography.  2) I wasn’t using Photoshop.  I feel that photoshopping will likely produce the best possible results for this type of endeavor, as it does in most photo editing undertakings.

Luckily, both of these issues can be addressed…