A blog containing photographs, ideas, discussion and image manipulation tutorials from incurable hippie, a disabled photographer in the north of England. All this, plus inspiration from others' photographic work, and technical aspects of photography.

30 March 2008

Fake Model Photography

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Since I first saw it, I have wanted to try this technique, to make normal photographs look like they are photographs of a miniature model. There are some good examples here. This is also called Tilt-shift miniature faking.

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Using this tutorial, I've made my first attempts. I'm not convinced by them, but I'm getting the idea, and will keep working on this. Enjoy my experiments, anyway.

Choosing the right photos to use can be tricky, too. Photographs taken from above will suit the method more, as that is how photographs of miniature models are usually taken. I think I need to find a high-up spot and take some images for this very purpose, cutting out sky and smoke and such things which detract from the fake-realistic possibilities.

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3 comments:

Claire said...

I can see what you mean about getting the right photos, nonetheless what you've done here is very interesting. The idea of changing perspective is one that I've always found interesting- looking forward to seeing some more!

Digital photography tips said...

Cool manipulations, I have done some myself

So far I can only find like a few photos suitable.

I've taken a step further than the tutorial you recommended by applying masking and selective blurring to obtain a more realistic feel.

Example: http://www.takingpixels.com/gallery/v/uk/fakemodel/DSCF0316.jpg.html
the mast and roof of the church was meticulous masked out before blurring the background. Time consuming but worth all the while.

Great attempts!

Digital photography tips said...

forgot to leave my gallery link where I have done my fake models.

http://www.takingpixels.com/gallery/v/uk/fakemodel/

Do drop by and leave a message! Thanks!

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