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Tilt-shift Time Lapse Photography Video – Oh my darling!


Bathtub IV from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.

You’ve heard about tilt-shift miniature faking photography before. Basically, the photographer is trying to emulate what you’ll see when viewing a miniature model set – with a very narrow depth of field plus a colour-wise souped up version of the scene (usually model designers love colour saturation a lot). This is slightly different from the real tilt-shift photography when the photographer actually have to use special lenses to achieve the similar miniature-model effect.  The technique became wildly popular with photographers, and we see tutorials (one, two and three) being written to help you achieve the same effect, as well as an amazing gallery from SmashingMagazine. displaying 50 beautiful examples of it. Hang on a second – there’s even a Flickr group for photos too!

Creating a video like what pioneer Keith Loutit did requires a little more effort. My best guess will be having freeing out a day or two, grabbing a tripod along (preferably with a remote shutter release for your convenience) and lots of patience. Last, but not least, the post processing part, which involves passing the slew of photos you’ve taken through some pre-made Photoshop action and then using a video-making programme to put everything together. It’s a lot of work, so big kudos to Keith for making it possible :)

Keith also have many other more tilt-shift time lapse photography video on Vimeo, be sure to check them out!

p/s: In case you’re wondering, the song in the video is titled Clementine, performed by Megan Washington. What a lovely song, isn’t it?

Last, but not least, some samples from me:

Tilt-shift Photography - Spinner @ Genting Highlands Theme Park

Tilt-shift Photography - Spinner @ Genting Highlands Theme Park

Not a particularly good example since it is recommended that photographers use photos that are taken from the top, viewing down – simply because it’s hard for you to bring your camera to ‘ground level’ in a miniature set, right?

Tilt-shift Photography - Bukit Timah Road

Tilt-shift Photography - Bukit Timah Road

Tilt-shift Photography - Shuttle Bus on Campus

Tilt-shift Photography - Shuttle Bus on Campus

Tilt-shift Photography - Sentosa Beach

Tilt-shift Photography - Sentosa Beach

Tilt-shift Photography - Sunway Water Theme Park

Tilt-shift Photography - Sunway Water Theme Park

If you have any tilt-shift photography works, feel free to link them in your comments :) I’ll be more than happy to see your works, heh!

[Edit]: Here’s another time lapse video (not tilt-shift, but it’s too cute I can’t leave it out) of a baby playing with his toys. Four hours of fun!

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