Digital cameras, specifically the point-and-shoot variety, make it very easy and quick to take photos. Digital SLRs add even more capability. Here’s a way to save money and bring the tilt shift feature to your photos after you take them.
What Me? TiltShift?
Digital photography has actually changed how I shoot photos. Back in the days of film, processing, and prints, each shot was carefully choreographed for exposure, focus, and composition.
These days, I set the focus to infinity, use a wide angle lens, and take dozens of photos where back in the day I’d take just a few.
What about exposure, and focus, and composition? All that gets handled after the photo is actually shot.
For example, the so-called tilt shift technique allows you to add unique focus and depth to photos.
That’s what the TiltShift app does.
Take a look.
Is that not cool? Although it’s not the only use for tilt shift, use the app to focus and compose after you take the photo.
TiltShift gives you options to highlight focus on specific sections or objects within a photo, while blurring the rest of the photo.
That creates a depth of field that did not exist in the original photo.
You control the amount of focus in the virtual focal plane. The user interface allows you to define an arbitrary position anywhere on the original photo.
This is an inexpensive way to simulate the effects of what is normally an expensive tilt shift camera lens.
TiltShift comes with additional controls to alter saturation, contrast, sharpness, and brightness. Using the tools in conjunction with tilt shift is a good way to create photos that appear to be fake miniatures.
Considering the functionality, there’s a modest price tag for TiltShift, but, wisely, the developer has made available a Lite version for substantially less. It needs to be free, though. My threshold for paying for an untried Mac app that doesn’t have a free version or a trial is a couple of dollars.