Creating the “miniature” or tilt n shift effect is super easy these days and can add a whole new dimension to a photo. It creates that toy like effect in a photo if done correctly, and the great thing is you can do it in Photoshop in a few minutes.
Open your photo. Preferably a shot from above as I have posted for greater effect.
Add a quick mask.
Add reflected gradient. Drag gradient from point of focus to top of the photo.
Go back into normal mode
Add lens blur and play with the radius until you satisfied.
And thats it! Enjoy! I would love to see some of your own examples… 🙂
A bit of quick fun to start the week! Coloring in like the good old days 🙂
For those of you who have not attempted it, give it a try if you have photoshop. This was a super quick version. Create a layer for the skin. Choose a close color. Change layer mode to color. colour in. Check colorize under hue and saturation and make small adjustments until you happy. do this for each layer you make for eyes, clothes, lips etc…
Cleaning out my old photos when I came across this(Shot 7 years ago!!). We have so many misty days out here that ones like this get neglected. We get too used to an area and lose its beauty. Kind of like not hearing the ocean any more when you live by the beach..sad
A lot of the times when I shoot in or around my house, my kids like to trail along and see how they can distract me 🙂 On this occasion, as with many, it worked to my advantage. I originally set out to take a landscape photo for my next article, but when I saw them standing there holding hands I just couldn’t resist! ….I will get to that landscape shot I tell you!
When you need a bit of an inspiration to shoot, check your local paper or guides to see whats happening around you. I found this event yesterday literally 1 km from my house! Got some fun photos at the event, but always be careful at these events so that you do not get in the way of any official event photographers on the scene.