Using trick photography or specifically the tilt shift effect to take better travel photos
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Post on 03-Jul-2015
DESCRIPTIONWe all like to share our travel adventures with our family and friends by taking lots ofphotographs of the sights we see. However, we all tend to take photographs that are influenced by what we've seen before in travel magazines or postcards. This is simply because we like whatwe see and will try to recreate that shot when we are actually there. Why not add a twist to it and use trick photography to create something unconventional and interesting with the tilt shift special effect?
1. Using trick photography, or specifically the tilt shift effect to take better travelphotosWritten by Jim T May (http://trick-photography.org)We all like to share our travel adventures with our family and friends by taking lots ofphotographs of the sights we see. However, we all tend to take photographs that are influencedby what weve seen before in travel magazines or postcards. This is simply because we like whatwe see and will try to recreate that shot when we are actually there. Why not add a twist to itand use trick photography to create something unconventional and interesting with the tilt shiftspecial effect?Tilt shift, faking miniatures, or diorama effect photos are fun and interesting. They make real-world objects look like miniatures, and give you a sense of how small we really are in this world.Its like looking at a small-scale model or diorama. Imagine if you are visiting the Colosseum inRome, Italy and you climb up high to snap a great photo overlooking the entire structure. Youthen apply digital trickery to turn it into a tilt shift photo.This is actually a fake tilt shift photograph because its done digitally, and not in-camera. But thepoint is that you now have a "toy-version" photo of the Colosseum. Repeat this with the variouslandmarks and you have a great collection of toy landmarks photo to impress your family andfriends. You can also give life to your "toy" landmarks by taking multiple tilt shift photos andcombine them into an animated image file or video. Not only will you have more interestingstories to tell them about how you got the shot, but your photos are likely to be moreinteresting than others!It used to be that to create these tilt shift effect photos you need a special tilt shift lens thatattaches to your camera. They are also called perspective control lens. Their main purposewasnt to create miniature or diorama effects but to allow movement of the camera lens 2. independent of the camera film or sensor. This is used by photographers to avoid convergenceof parallel lines, so when you photograph a tall building from the ground the base of thebuilding is the same as the top of the building. You see this used a lot in architecturalphotographs to avoid parallel lines converging to create a distorted look.When you tilt the lens, you also produce a wedge-shaped depth of field. When you snap aphoto from high ground looking below with this wedge-shaped depth of field, the photographappears with the tilt-shift, miniature, or diorama effect. In fact, although its called the tilt-shifteffect, shifting of the lens is not really used to achieve it. The good news is that you dont needthis special and expensive piece of equipment to create this tilt shift special effects.Modern camera technology has moved on and you now have unprecedented freedom to createphotographs with these special effects. Technology has simplified everything so all you need isa photo taken from a high ground overlooking a wide area and a wedge-shaped depth of field.The simplest method to do this is to take the photos and upload them onto your computer withPhotoshop. You can then either manually apply the depth of field by selectively blurring certainareas of the photos or use software plug-in to automatically do it for you.The best camera is the one you always have with you. If you have a modern smart phone youcould even create these trick photography and special effects by downloading certainapplications dedicated to the tilt shift special effect. You take a photo, fire up the application todigitally insert the special effects and then share it with the world.Jim blogs about trick photography and special effects techniques, that people use to create stunningphotographs. You can sign up at his Trick Photography site to receive a free report on the top 10 trickphotography ideas for travel photos. Please feel free to share this document with your family andfriends if you think itll interest them, thanks!
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