Toy Town, the art of tilt shift photos.

Tilt Shift Train Station - Slough, UK, Tilt Shift works well when you are taking shots from high up looking down on a scene. Here i was five floors above the station..

An effect I like to use on some photos is ‘Tilt Shift’ or ‘Selective Focus’, this is a way of adjusting the focus that then gives the impression of making the photo look like a toy town or model town image. This effect can either be applied as post editing (this is how I use it) or when actually taking the shot with your camera.

Tilt–shift photography is the use of camera movements on small- and medium-format cameras, and sometimes specifically refers to the use of tilt for selective focus, often for simulating a miniature scene. Sometimes the term is used when the shallow depth of field is simulated with digital post-processing; the name may derive from the tilt–shift lens normally required when the effect is produced optically.
“Tilt–shift” encompasses two different types of movements: rotation of the lens plane relative to the image plane, called tilt, and movement of the lens parallel to the image plane, called shift. Tilt is used to control the orientation of the plane of focus (PoF), and hence the part of an image that appears sharp; it makes use of the Scheimpflug principle. Shift is used to adjust the position of the subject in the image area without moving the camera back; this is often helpful in avoiding the convergence of parallel lines, as when photographing tall buildings. ~ Wikipedia

The link above from wikipedia explains about doing it with a camera and proper lens, but it is often simpler (some might say cheating?) just to do it with software. You might even find that your camera has this function on it as an effect or scene? I use Coral Paintshop Pro, as I like the control and options it has, Photoshop also has functionality to apply it to your pictures.

Simply Google How to apply tilt shift effect in Photoshop or How to apply tilt shift effect in Paintshop Pro

My personal findings is that you have to be thoughtful what you apply tilt shift too, it only really works on some images. Below you will see some of the ones I have done.

Amsterdam Canal - Selective focus used on just the bridge area, as well as other processing
Amsterdam Canal – Selective focus used on just the bridge area, as well as other processing.
Model Town - Scarborough, taken from Olivers Mount, selective focus, or tilt shift applied to make it look like a model town.
Model Town – Scarborough, taken from Oliver’s Mount, selective focus, or tilt shift applied to make it look like a model town.
Model Town at Night - Scarborough, taken from Olivers Mount, selective focus, or tilt shift applied to make it look like a model town at night.
Model Town at Night – Scarborough, taken from Oliver’s Mount, selective focus, or tilt shift applied to make it look like a model town at night.
Next train at Platform 2 - Selective focus applied to the area i wanted to bring focus to here. Not only does it make it look like a model train, but also in this case added to the light trails I was trying to capture.
Next train at Platform 2 – Selective focus applied to the area i wanted to bring focus to here. Not only does it make it look like a model train, but also in this case added to the light trails I was trying to capture.
Station HDR - An HDR shot with selective focus added after to once again give you the impression of maybe a model train set?
Station HDR – An HDR shot with selective focus added after, to hopefully give the impression of a model train set?
Tilt Shift Train Station - Slough, UK, Tilt Shift works well when you are taking shots from high up looking down on a scene. Here i was five floors above the station..
Tilt Shift Train Station – Slough, UK, Tilt Shift works well when you are taking shots from high up looking down on a scene. Here I was five floors above the station…

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