Monday, March 13, 2006

Tiny World

A large proportion of my job involves working with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. It's kind of funny because two years ago, I had never even heard of these programs. I guess that means that the bit on my cover letter about me being a fast learner or whatever was actually true...

At work, I use the programs mostly to draw maps and diagrams. I don't know how to do anything artistic. But last week, I found out about the latest Flickr craze, called tilt-shift miniature fakes. The technique for this Photoshop trick makes normal scenes look like museum case models. How fun! I was inspired to put Photoshop to some non-work related use and give it a go. I didn't have too many ideal photos for the trick (high vantage point, bright lighting, simple composition), but this was my best result so far. The original unaltered photo is here. By the way, if you're not on Flickr yet, what's the hold up? It's a party every day. I love how one person will have a cool idea, like this one, and then everyone tries their version of it. Sharing is good.

Tilt-Shift Waterfall

I just found this tilt-shift photo of my favourite bridge! And here's a toy shop version of Shanghai! This airplane is great, too. So many interesting images...

3 comments :

Vince said...

hey andrea,
add some contrast to it, light still looks too natural, adding more contrast will make it look more artificial.

easy way is to use B+C, but I would use levels.

vince

Andrea said...

Thanks, Vince.
I did adjust it, I used saturation. I replaced the older image on Flickr. I think it looks a little bit 'faker' now, but still not perfect...

John said...

Tilt and shift are functions of large format cameras (4x5 Cambo's etc). With these techniques, the digital world has made another analog piece of equipment nostalgic.
P.S. I will be giving Renee & my Mom a Photoshop tutorial some day soon. You are more than welcome to join in!

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