Experiments in Tilt-Shift

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I mentioned a couple of months ago that I’d started playing around with tilt-shift videos. Here’s a collection of some of those videos. It was shot over the course of a few hours without a tripod. Each segment was processed differently in an attempt to find what works and what doesn’t. I wasn’t sure if I should post the video because of the low quality but finally decided I wanted to show what I’m working on and what to expect from future posts. I’ve already started a write-up and plan on posting a Photoshop action in January. Do any shots work better than others? Please let me know in the comments.

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4 thoughts on “Experiments in Tilt-Shift

    1. I made the whole video with my Powershot S3 IS with adjustable lens. You can make a tilt-shift with a specialty lens, but I’ve heard you get better results by doing the effect in post.

  1. Would you mind providing a little insight into your workflow for making the tilt shift effect in post? I’m struggling to figure out how to do this. I’m using LRTimelapse and Lightroom to process my videos and when I use my current method for applying the tilt in post I end up with photos that are unusable in Lightroom due to metadata issues. I’d be really interested to hear how you’re making this work.

    1. I just started using LRtimelapse and can’t help you much there. My first attempt was a complete failure.

      As for the Photoshop action, I think I made it by adding a graduated mask to the top and bottom and then layering a blur effect. I over saturated the color and then played it back at a low frame rate. Probably 10-15fps.

      I’ll make a video tutorial and Photoshop action sometime soon. I haven’t made a tilt-shift for so long I’d almost forgotten about them.

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