I Like to Play!

August 26, 2009

When I was an undergrad, our photo program strongly encouraged us to study “alternative processes”.  At that time,  that phrase meant things like cyanotypes, uranium and platinum prints etc.  I’ve never lost my love for “different” ways of doing things, even with digital imaging.

While I’d like to say that this image is of a small diorama I built of toy figures and astro-turf, it’s obviously not.  But that’s what it’s supposed to look like.

This is a “Tilt Shift Miniature Fake” where full size scenes are made to look like photos of miniature sets.  Think how it would look if you were really photographing a small scale model with a macro or T-S lens.  Shallow depth of focus, high contrast etc.  These effects are simply artificially induced in Photoshop to make a normal scene look miniaturized.

While not something I’d do a lot of, it’s an interesting process to experiment with. You quickly learn there are certain subjects and perspectives that lend themselves to this.  Try it, it’s fun.  Google “Tilt Shift Miniature Fake” and  you’ll find plenty of “how-to’s”.

A "Tilt Shift Miniature Fake" of a local High School band.

A "Tilt Shift Miniature Fake" of a local High School band.