I have long had a great fascination with tilt-shift photography, and when it’s mixed with time-lapse you end up with something completely magical. I don’t understand the science behind it, but I love the effect of it. Joerg Daiber is a German filmmaker who was recently in New York as one of the finalists for the Vimeo awards for his series “Little Big World“. While there, he spent his free time producing a wonderful, new short film called “Busy Brooklyn”. He makes it look like someone turned the city of Brooklyn into a giant toy set. While purchasing a til-shift lens for your DLSR can be expensive, especially if you are simply wanting to experiment, there are a number of software solutions that get very close to approximating the actual effect. In fact, the new version of Photoshop CS6 includes a very nice tilt-shift filter. There are also a few very good plugins. If you don’t have a DSLR, you can even use your iPhone to create amazing tilt-shift photos and movies. With a two to three dollar app you can easily do some experimenting with both photography and with video. Granted, it will not be the quality of Daiber’s films, but you can still play with them and have fun. If you decide you like it and want to learn more about it check out Time-Lapse Blog where there are all kinds of tips and tutorials.
Here are a few of our favorite tilt-shift apps:
Miniatures: Tilt-Shift (Video)