In ER’s recent Diablog posting on the carnival in Samba he mentioned the subject of Tilt-Shift photography.
I will try to explain what I know of this type of photo style without writing a mind numbing article such as my favourite foot fetish shoes, written by ER, and Glynsky’s attempt at putting all on the first flight to Switzerland to visit Dignitas, in his appropriately titled never-ending-story:
He enthralled us all with his successful attempt to install a cigarette lighter in one of his fleet of Alfa Romeos.
So at the risk of joining the Diablog contender list for bore of the year here goes nothing:
Tilt-Shift photography is a creative and unique type of work in which the camera is manipulated so that a life-sized location or subject looks like a miniature-scale model.
Tilt-Shift photography is one of those things that you’ve probably seen already, even if you don’t know what it is. It involves taking high-angle photographs of large-scale scenes in which the top and bottom of the shot are out of focus.
I have shown a few photo examples of what is referred to in the meaning of Tilt-Shift.
To add good miniature effect to your photographs, I would suggest shooting subjects from a high angle (especially from the air if you have a good head for heights). This creates the illusion of looking down at a miniature model. A camera equipped with a Tilt-Shift lens, which simulates a shallow depth of field, is essentially all you need to start.
I have never had the opportunity to own the type of equipment needed for this type of photography and with lenses such as the
costing around £1400.00 + I would need to convince myself and Mrs Pete of the possible justification of yet another toy I would not use very often.
However the images that can be achieved can be stunning as shown, so maybe I should add a Tilt-shift lens to my rather long wish list.
I hope I have managed to simplify the meaning of this term and sincerely hope I have not added myself to the Bore Of The Year listing.