How to make the Subjects in your Picture look like Minature Models?

24Jul09

Have you ever looked at a picture at scratch your head, wondering how in the world did they take a picture like this? Sometimes, your reaction would be based on envy. You envy the professional that took the picture with the proper lighting, subject, timing, settings and colaboration. However, there are some pictures that make you wonder “WTF, that picture is wacked!”.

Pictures like these make you wonder how they turn the subjects into minature models. In a way, it makes you feel like the world is a small place after all.

The trick to taking a picture like this is the use of a DSLR camera with a Tilt Shift Lens and some post processing to the picture. Of course, it is privilege to own a Tilt Shift Lens. However, these lens are NOT cheap at all. The cheapest Canon Tilt Shift lens is priced at $1,000 (Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L).

With Photoshop, you can save yourself tons of money. There are many photoshop techniques you can use to blur the picture so it looks like a minature. Tilt-Shift Photography Photoshop Tutorial gives you a step-by-step tutorial on how to modify your pictures to look like minatures.

If you don’t have Photoshop, you can try to upload your pictures to sites minaturize your pictures for you like TiltShiftMaker.com. There is a tool on that website that will get you a similar tilt shift effect you can achieve in Photoshop. All you got to do is pick the spot on the photo that you want to blur.

Tilt Shift at BMO field

Tilt Shift Effect at BMO field

Minaturized Clifton Hill (Niagara)

Minaturized Clifton Hill (Niagara)

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