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TiltShift [iPhone]


tiltshift01TiltShift is an application for the iPhone that lets you turn photo scenes into a miniature world by simulating a tilt-shift lens that tricks your mind into viewing a photo as a miniature scene like a model.

Tilt-shift photography refers to the use of camera movements on small- and medium format cameras. In many cases, it refers to tilting the lens relative to the image plane and using a large aperture to achieve a very shallow depth of field (wikipedia). See this great tutorial on how to achieve this effect using Photoshop and these groups on MacRumors , Flickr  and this group dedicated to TiltShift iPhone app creations.

The apps basic function is to create a focus on a linear or elliptical region in the image, interactively adjusting the amount of blur for maximum effect. The size and orientation of the focus can be adjusted by the multi-touch gestures pinch in, pinch out and rotation of two fingers around a common center. With dozens of images that are included you can practice so when it comes to applying it to your own photos you have mastered the technique.Â

Besides using the app for Tilt-shift effect, it also works great when you are trying to give more depth to the pictures created on the iPhone. Here are some examples from yesterday’s live gig of Manu Chao. Where normally photos would end up pretty flat, a bit of focus gives a much better feel to the photo especially considering that this photo was created on the iPhone at low light level conditions.Â


TiltShift is a great tool to add to the arsenal of apps you have on your iPhone. Whilst many photo editing apps available in the AppStore replicate functionality of desktop editors, TiltShift provides an easy and quick way to enhance your photos in a way that is both creative and fun.

Platform: iPhone
Version: 1.0
Cost: $1.99
Developer: Michael Krause
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Here is also a great video made using Tilt-shift technique (Music: Robot High School (In Digital Form Remix) by My Robot Friend

Metal Heart from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.