During the holidays I’ve been having fun experimenting with photography apps. One of my favourites is Tilt Shift which allows you to manipulate wide angle photos to make them appear as if they are miniature models rather than real scenes.
The app is easy to use and gives you control of blurring, colour intensity, contrast and light. Blurring the background can make the photo appear more like a macro, and raising the colour intensity seems to mimic the bright colours that model makers use to paint their models. Adjusting contrast and light increase the toy like effect.
I like the fact that unlike other photography apps, this one gives you complete control over the effects rather than just applying a predesigned filter. You can be more creative and have a real sense of satisfaction if your picture turns out well.
I’ve tilt shifted three photos so far.
There are some fantastic examples of tilt shift online. This site has some of the best.
I’ve really been enjoying playing around with photography apps this summer. If you are reading this and know of a good one, I’d love to know your recommendations.