Where the shift function I wrote about in my previous post is helpful in correcting perspective, the tilt function can do some pretty funny things with the camera's depth of field. It tends to blur out the edges of the photograph and keep only one small area in focus, which simulates to a degree the appearance of macro-photography. It is especially effective if the photo is taken from a slightly aerial view in order to further add to the illusion that the photograph is of an architectural model or a diorama of some sort.
I discovered a couple of addition things through my own experiments that help add to the illusion of the photograph:
- Architecture makes a really good subject. (OK, I admit, architecture always makes a good subject!)
- The photograph should include objects both close and far away.
- People can help if they end up being in the blurry portion of the photograph, although they tend to ruin the illusions somewhat if they are too much in focus.
Sure, with digital photography, all of this could be done post-production with Photoshop. But somehow the photography purist in me likes to think that the art of a finished print begins with the initial image captured by the camera in the first place.
Mini-Bacardi from Biscayne
Mini-Bacardi from Plaza
Mini-1111 Lincoln Road
Mini-1111 Lincoln Road Garage