Friday, April 1, 2011

Tilted? shifted?

Colorado
I am not one to freely experiment with Photoshop™ .  I tend to become overwhelmed...  and after a few minutes an hour or two, I realize I have forgotten my intended outcome. I tend to accept my photos "straight out of camera".

So a few weeks ago, I was captivated when I looked over E.'s shoulder and saw he was "photoshopping' a photo he took - and he was getting great results! Enbiggen any of these photos to see better.

Seattle harbor, from the Space Needle
This technique is called 'tilt shifting'. You 'create' a diorama-like photo of one of your own photographs. COOL!
Downtown Wautoma, Wisconsin

 I have wasted whole mornings 'creating' tilt-shift'-ed images from our old photos. Hours I could have been writing letters (ha!), cleaning house (haha!), walking dogs (sorry, guys!) or reading books (sigh).
Super Bowl Champions!!!
If you have Photoshop, or are just curious, take a second/hour to read the step by step procedural on tilt shifting.
If you have a great ideas - or photoshop addictions - post them in the comments. I find my brain always has room for one more tidbit - and the house doesn't need cleaning that badly.

10 comments:

Thérèse said...

The first miniature is awesome, perhaps because of the height the original was taken from. Number two would be the last one.
Have a nice weekend!

Thérèse said...

I can't try, I haven't had Photoshop for quite some time now.
I have to figure out how to deal with the change of computer, even with the photoshop upgrade I bought it does not work. I have to call to see what I can do...

tracy said...

That's a cool effect I have wanted to try but never gotten around to doing. Your photos look great!

Sandra said...

oh no, now i have something else to take me away from all the things you listed. i get so caught up in photoshop, half the day at a time disappears, this looks like something i can't wait to try. once I conquer a new thing in PS I do it until i get sick of it. then go on to the next. all these look great to me. will let you know if I learn it

Banjo52 said...

I've been curious about photo shop, but I spend enough time editing with Mac's iPhoto stuff that doing more seems a bad idea. Whaddya think?

Anonymous said...

I think the whole 'tilt-shift' thing is weird. I actually take a lot of pictures of models and dioramas, and I go to a lot of effort to NOT have the pictures look like miniatures. Now there are people trying to make real things look fake. Don't get me wrong-it IS interesting, but odd. Not odd enough for me not to make a few, though!

E

E said...

Banjo:

Photoshop has a lot of features. I don't understand a lot of them. No question I need to learn a lot more. I'm sure I could be making better use of it. But it is the best I've tried for the stuff I do. I can correct color, fix blemishes or remove scratches with great results. The few 'trick' pics I make, like tilt-shift or 'hypercolor' I learn from tutorials. PS is way better than iPhoto, but it depends on what you want to do.

altadenahiker said...

Very cool.

I haven't tried photoshop. Looks like I should. I've been using picnic up to now.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

Heres a short cut to tilt shift. Photoshop is a monster program. I suggest taking a class at a local JC

Snapper II said...

I do not understand this. I'm sure Madsnapper will tell me about it and I still will not know anything.