Tilt-Shift Lens Effect

Original author: David Ed Ziegler
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There is something attractive in tiny things, they are fascinating in nature. Tilt-shift photography is a great example of how large real-life objects can be made into miniature works of art.

Tilt-Shift is a type of photo where you can manipulate focus and depth of field to get photos that mimic miniature models by selective focusing.

The effect can be achieved with special Tilt-shift lenses, but you can also simulate this effect when post-processed in Photoshop.

If you do not want to spend $ 2500 on such a lens to achieve the desired effect, I will give some tips that will help to do this with Photoshop CC.

In addition to directly retouching and software, I will give some tips for getting the most suitable source images.

There are several ways to obtain a tilt-shift effect using Photoshop CC, but we will use a simple method that will give exactly the same result as using specialized equipment.

1. Choose the most suitable image.

Choose a high point of shooting (in your DJI Mavic Pro , Mavic Air or Phantom 4 copter , I think it will be easy for you to do this) to achieve the model's atmosphere (we always look at the models from a height). Choose a photo with enough detail, with lots of elements and a small number of “empty” places to give more effect to your photo.

2. Step two

In the “layers” menu, right-click on the preview, in the drop-down menu, select “convert to smart object”.

3. Step three

Now in the top menu, click "filter", then a pointer to "gallery blur", then select "tilt-offset".

4. Step four

On the right side of the screen there are 2 panels: the main blur tools at the top with options and tilt-shift filter settings and the “blur” panel at the bottom, with some additional features of the “bokeh” setting.

To move the field of sharpness, simply click on the center and move to a new location, then release the mouse button. To change the impact force, click on the “button” and you can move the lines up and down to change the place of the blur.

5. Step Five

You can decide in your own way, but I choose “symmetric distortion”

6. Step six

Select the “high quality” option for better details. In order to achieve the greatest “toy” effect, it may make sense to slightly edit the colors (it may be worth adding a little saturation). Top menu-image-correction-color tone / saturation. Another important step that should not be forgotten is the correction of brightness curves. Top menu-image-correction-curves. And finally, the last step - adding sharpness. I recommend a small cropping of the image to remove all unnecessary environments to achieve a greater tilt-shift effect.

As for colors, curves, and adding sharpness, do not overdo it.

I hope that these short tips will help you discover a new and pleasant way to shoot and then add a tilt-shift effect to some of your photos.

Thanks for reading, enjoy flying with your copter.

ps: tilt-shift effect works not only in photography, you can also use this technique with your video material. I use Final Cut Pro X, which makes it easy to add this effect to the video sequence.

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