Making Tilt Shift Videos

Tilt shift is basically using camera movements to simulate a miniature scene. The term is sometimes used in cases where the depth of field is simulated with digital post processing. Two different movements are entailed in Tilt Shift. The first one is the rotation of the lens with regards to the image plane, which is better known as tilt. The second one is the movement of the lens parallel to the image place, which is called shift.

The tilt normally controls the plane of focus which results in that particular scene appearing sharper. Shift is normally used to change the position of the subject to a suitable one without moving the camera backwards. This article will focus on making fake miniature scenes.

Step 1: Take the Photo

It is normally advisable to choose a scene that you would like. This will make your work more interesting. The photo should preferably be taken from a bird’s eye view. It will be reasonable if the photo is above the ground because it is normally the best for this kind of technique. Scenes such as cityscapes, streets and crowds can be perfect for this.

Step 2: Open Photoshop

The second step that you need to do is to click on the quick mask mode. To get to the Quick Mask mode, click on the Quick Mask button that is located close to the bottom of your tools palette. A shortcut to get to this is by clicking on the ‘q’ key on the keyboard. You will not notice anything at first, but the reality is that you will have already been transported to Quick Mask. The Quick Mask mode has a versatile way of selecting things. Using this option, you can paint using any of Photoshop’s painting tools.

Step 3: Click on Gradient

Once you have clicked on Gradient, select reflected gradient. The main purpose of the gradient tool is to facilitate the blending of photographs. A shortcut for selecting the gradient tool can be done by clicking on the (G) key on the keyboard. Once you have clicked on reflected gradient, click and drag from anywhere and to any length depending on where you would like the blend to take effect. Once you release the button of the mouse, you should be able to see a red transparent line on your photo. This means that you have done the procedure correctly.

Step 4: Go Back to Standard Mask Mode

In case you are using Photoshop CS3 or CS2, click on Filter and then click on Blur. After you have clicked on Blur, select the Lens Blur. This can be substituted by the Gaussian Blur if you are using Photoshop 7.0. Once this is done, decide on the amount of blur you would like to use. It is normally advisable to play around with the radius value so that you see which amount of blur is suitable. To add a plastic feel, increase the contrast and saturation in the photo to the level you want it to be.