It can sometimes be challenging to find a photo that works well
with the tilt-shift effect. However, there are just two short
rules which you can use to help select the right photos.
Here they are:
Is the photo of a scene in the distance, or a close-up shot?
Photos of scenes work much better. Close-up shots of one or more
subjects rarely work well.
Does the photo have a good balance of both near and far areas
Let's try it out with some examples.
The bottom of the photo should be that part of the scene nearest
the camera. As you move to the top of the photo, the distance
of objects in the photo should gradually become further away.
For this reason, photos taken looking
down at an angle to a scene often make good tilt-shift miniatures,
because they have a good mix of objects at different distances.
We want to give the illusion of focusing the camera at a very
specific distance, so having good depth in the photo is important.
The following photos don't work so well with a tilt-shift effect -
A single portrait style shot is not a scene.
Front of House
The house front is not really a scene, and has no depth to it.
The photo is a close-up shot and has little depth to it.
Continue to the next page to see photos that DO work well as miniatures!
Boats in Harbour #1
The photo is of a scene, but does not have enough depth to it - all
of the boats are at a similar distance to each other.