Tilt Shift

Tilt Shift photography, a camera technique that results in the illusion of miniaturized subjects, has been a trend for a little while, but it still continues to impress me. The only place I’ve actually seen it in use commercially is in the opening credits of Dollhouse, where I think it makes perfect sense conceptually. But plenty of artists are experimenting with the technique in their personal work.

If you’d like to see more, Smashing Magazine did a round-up of some great examples last year and there is a wealth of examples on flickr. And if you’d like to try it yourself but lack the proper equipment, there are actually quite a few online and iPhone applications that promise to create the same effect—check here, here or here. I haven’t tried any of them personally, but it’s worth a shot.

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Courtney is the founder of Design Work Life and Seamless Creative, a small design studio she runs with her husband Brian. She now splits her time between developing brand identities for small businesses and soaking up (and passing along) as much inspiration as she possibly can.

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