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#12. The tilt-shift effect

If there’s one trite, cliched effect that was 2008’s version of Elvis painted on velvet, it was faux-tilt photography. Often called tilt-shift, because people tend to have no idea what the fuck they’re talking about – ain’t no shift in any of these pics, the faux-tilt effect involves photoshopping an image to make it look like the plane of focus was tilted. Now, usually grown up photographers will tilt a the plane of focus to increase apparent DoF, that is, to make more things in focus.

The flavor of the month club did it the other way, creating an illusion of shallow DOF. When you apply that to a picture of a landscape or urban scene, it looks a bit like a model. Now, the first time I saw this on some Japanese photographer’s website, I thought: hey, that’s kinda cool. Dude took a tilt-shift lens, tilted it and did a whole series. Like Nonce said, it was dope at the time.

Not much time passed before kool and the flickr explore gang realized that, hey, “I can rip off this effect in photoshop too!” Suddenly everybody was doing it, which is another way of saying it was a fucking train wreck. Fake tilt-shift is hilariously easy to spot, since it actually requires more work than hitting a button in an action. It requires you to think in 3D, to consider where a plane of focus would intersect, how would this element be rendered at this distance from that plane, etc.

Something this dude would do well to figure out, ya know?

Here’s a pre-weekend pro-tip: stop doing gimmick photo editing to save your boring pics and just go take some new ones. I know it’s hard, you have to get off your ass, you actually have to concentrate and you take a lot of shitty pictures before getting something decent. Honestly though, it’s worth it, and it’s a lot better than staying home with photoshop and waiting for the King to die on the shitter again.


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6 Responses

  1. Jeff says:

    Duuuude… excellent blog!

    If 2008 was the year of the Faux-Tilt… 2009 is ALL about “Fusion!” Can’t wait until you jump on that one!

  2. St. Ansel says:

    I don’t even know what that is yet, I’m a bit slow.

    • Jeff says:

      Shit, son! According to “the powers that make this shit up”, if you don’t know Fusion, and you shoot weddings you’ll be out of business in 5 years! 🙂

  3. massimo says:

    I think you should also talk about another embarassing trend of photographers/videomakers,i’m talking about TIMELAPS

  4. u says:

    timelapse is a trend since it became embedded in the cheap IXUS cameras. it was waaay to hard to do before then.

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