TiltShift is an application for the iPhone that lets you turn photoÂ scenes into a miniature world byÂ simulating a tilt-shift lensÂ that tricks your mind into viewing a photoÂ as a miniature scene like a model.
Tilt-shift photographyÂ refers to the use ofÂ camera movementsÂ on small- and medium format cameras. In many cases, it refers to tilting theÂ lensÂ relative to theÂ image planeÂ and using a largeÂ apertureÂ to achieve a very shallowÂ depth of field (wikipedia). See this great tutorial on how to achieve this effect using Photoshop and these groups on MacRumorsÂ ,Â FlickrÂ Â and this group dedicated to TiltShift iPhone app creations.
The apps basicÂ functionÂ is to create a focus on a linear or elliptical region in the image,Â interactively adjusting theÂ amount of blur for maximum effect.Â The size and orientation of the focus can be adjustedÂ by the multi-touch gestures pinch in, pinch outÂ 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.Â 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,Â TiltShift provides an easy and quick way to enhance your photos in a way that is both creative and fun.
Developer:Â Michael Krause
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