Tilt-shift photography is one more practical example showing how imaging technique may turn into a true visual art. Technically speaking, tilt-shift photography (tilt and shift are, actually, two separate procedures) refers to a specific technique of taking a photo while applying certain camera movements, ensured by specifically designed tilt or shift optical lens or image post processing with the help of Photoshop, for example. The application of tilt-shift photography technique allows producing interesting and artful visual effects, such as selective focus, which is often used to create the illusion of miniature scene.
Viewing the selection of photographs below, you will be able to see and evaluate particular effects, created with the help of tilt-shift photography technique. Using selective focus a photographer draws viewers’ attention to the specific objects on the scene – some particular building, a tree, or a human standing in the crowd, etc. While concentrating attention on the sharp objects in focus, tilt-shift photography allows making the other part of the picture unsharp or fuzzy, thus creating the illusion of perspective. This is how miniature illusion is generated. Tilt, as well as shift effects, is commonly used to make pictures of rural or city landscapes more appealing, vivid, and artistic. Such photographs may often look like oil paintings, when an artist concentrates on accurate portraying of all the details of the center place of the image, while drawing the backstage just with some blurry, seemingly careless brushes.