Most photographers are informed in the art of taking tilt-shift pictures.There are two options to achieve a professional tilt-shift image: use a 35mm lens when the picture is being taken or utilize an editing tool such as Adobe Photoshop, tiltshiftmaker.com, or an iPhone app to edit accordingly after the image has been captured.
Here are 4 tips for tilt-shift photography to help you produce quality work.
- Take a high-quality photo using the right positioning.
Most tilt-shift photographs feature cityscapes or other scenery. For the best results, you need to capture a good picture to start. Take the photo in an aerial view, but do not take it from too high above the focus. By following this tip, the point of interest in the image can be emphasized from the depth of the background. Before capturing the photo, consider the point of interest that will be emphasized with the 35mm lens or where you will edit the picture after capturing.
- Select a simplistic looking scene so it is easier and cleaner for miniature faking.
Miniature faking is a way of making photo looking like a scale model when compared to the real thing.
Capturing the perfect tilt-shift image is best done using a simplistic scene. For example, a field scene with a few trees and a house is simpler than an image of bustling Times Square in New York City. Focusing the house would be simpler and more effective than making the people in Times Square that is captured in a photo a point of interest. However, advanced photographers have achieved great success in capturing busy scenes and applying the tilt-shift effect, so this is not to limit you in your creative pursuits.
- If you are using Photoshop, utilize these tips.
Select a point of interest in the scene and apply certain filters for successful miniature faking. Strategically placing the blur gradient and applying then Lens Blur filter will enhance the chosen point of interest. Applying 30% master saturation level is the next step. Finally, utilize the Curves tool to give the photo contrast to complete the miniature faking look.
- Make sure the photo is at it sharpest with great lighting for an enhanced presentation.
This tip is especially important if the photo will be edited in Photoshop or via another editing tool. The scene must be sharp and defined with the best lighting possible so that the point of interest is well emphasized during the miniature faking process. Hence, it is also advised not to take wide shots of scenes.