Achieving the Eye-catching Tilt Shift Effect in Your Photography without Extra Gear

New innovations allow beginners and hobbyists to achieve dramatic professional techniques easily.

Let’s go back in time for a moment and imagine Ansel Adams traveling with his equipment through the Yosemite Valley, handling a broad portfolio of plates, filters and lenses to grab that best light, angle or effect. If you were to tell him that just over 100 years later, using solely a mobile device that fits into your shirt pocket or purse, you would be able to capture images using advanced techniques, he would probably have laughed at you. It is now possible to achieve some of the more elaborate and evocative methods that captivate the viewer’s imagination without the need for special gear.

One of these methods is referred to as Tilt Shift, or selective focus, and it involves the use of a very narrow depth of field for simulating a miniature scene, or drawing attention to a specific detail within the frame. Traditionally, it encompasses two different types of movements: rotation of the lens plane relative to the image plane, called tilt, and movement of the lens parallel to the image plane, called shift.

Tilt is used to control the orientation of the plane of focus (PoF), and hence the part of an image that appears sharp. Shift is used to adjust the position of the subject in the image area without moving the camera back; this is often helpful in avoiding the convergence of parallel lines, as when photographing tall buildings. While this may sound a bit complicated, the effect is dramatic. Think cityscape, a rural mountainous view or a portrait where the freckles on the subject’s face come into sharp detail.

Perfecting this type of more advanced photography can be a little tricky for a beginner, and sometimes the equipment is costly. But for someone with a growing interest in photography, or for a traveler looking to capture once-in-a-lifetime memories in a unique way, using the tilt-shift technique can be a great photo technique to add to the list. Now there is an easy, cost-effective way to give it a shot, by simply using an app.

Artensoft’s Tilt-Shift Generator is an app that allows the user to produce convincing, natural-looking miniatures at a small fraction of the price of a real tilt-shift lens. The app essentially provides all of the visual benefits of actually using the classic tilt-shift lens technique, through the use of a relatively easy-to-use application on your laptop. It’s one way to make the most of the method as you pursue a photography hobby, or if you are looking to capture a few treasured memories that can only truly come to life by using this particular effect.

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