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Tiny Towns

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In this picture that I call Tiny Towns I used perspective control to help the focus of the image. This technique is a trademark of a Tilt and Shift lens right out of camera, however with the digital age it can be replicated very quickly in post. I will take you through the process so that you can add it to some of your works.

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TINY TOWNS ISO 100 F/11 1/90sec

Note: This effect tends to make it feel like we are peering into a very small make believe set of figures and objects, and because of that it works best on subjects that you have a higher elevation to and you are shooting down on.

Here is the original image that I wanted to work with. I did have to crop it down in order to place my subject where I wanted it. I wanted the focus to be on the bridge with the cars and I knew this effect would make the cars look like miniature models. This effect is created by using a blurring effect on a straight line above and below the subject. There are a few different ways to make this happen but it is all the same outcome. The way I did it was with Photoshop 5.5. The feature was moved recently and is now under Filter – Blur Gallery – Tilt Shift.  With it I can bring a entirely different perspective to the exact same image.

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Once you enter that dialog box you will see the basic adjustments. You can change the blur amount in pixels and the position of the in focus portion. There are a few other options as well but I did not use them for this particular photo. You will usually be working with the blur intensity and the positioning of the blur.
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To change the blur intensity you can either click and drag the bar around the circle or change the pixel amount on the right side by dragging the slider.
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You can drag the bars that are above and below the blur circle in the center to drag your blur area further or closer to the center.
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These directions are all for the latest version of Photoshop but the same principle applies to any software you wish to use. Simply blur the out the section above and below your subject to give it that miniature look. Here are some other examples of my Tilt Shift work.

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