Tag: Tilt shift

Saturday spotlight: Tilt-shift effect

Digital tilt-shift effect tools are popular because they give images a retro ‘old-camera’ look and, in the right circumstances, can make a real-life subject look like a miniature model. But first some physics. Digital tilt-shift effects are rarely accurate. They only work if your whole subject is on a single flat, receding plane. If you have any objects sticking up vertically, the top and bottom will be blurred along with the near and far parts of the picture, and that’s not right. However, if the subject is suitable, and the effect is otherwise convincing, then other people might not...

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Boost your Bokeh with MacPhun Focus 2 Pro

MacPhun Focus 2 Pro does the same job as a number of other digital ‘bokeh’ filters. It lets you selectively defocus parts of the image to create a shallow depth of field effect. This can work well with portraits, where it can blur cluttered backgrounds, and you can use it with high-angle shots that look down on your subject to create a ‘miniature’ effect. It’s all done using an on-screen gadget which is either circular or horizontal. You adjust this to produce your area or zone of sharp focus. Away from this the focus drops away so that the...

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3 ways to add digital depth of field with the Perfect Effects 8 Lens Blur filter

It’s easy to get shallow depth of field with a camera. You just need a camera with a large sensor, and a lens with a large maximum aperture and the laws of physics do the rest. But adding depth of field digitally is trickier, so let’s see if a filter designed specifically to do this job can produce genuinely realistic results. The new Lens Blur filter in Perfect Effects 8 (part of the new Perfect Photo Suite 8 bundle) is going to look familiar to anyone who’s used past versions of Perfect Photo Suite. It’s actually the Focal Point...

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Create a tilt-shift effect with Snapseed

Tilt-shift effects depend on two things – an understanding of how the illusion is created and the right kind of subject. The illusion is caused by a defocusing effect before and behind the subject. This is what we’re used to seeing in close-up photography, where the depth of field is limited and only a narrow region of the subject is sharp. When we see this applied to a full-size subject, it makes it look like a table-top model – but only if the subject is right. Actually, this is the tricky part. The tilt-shift effect only works well when...

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