The first time I saw a photo shot with a tilt and shift lens I was blown away. How could a photo make real life look so toy-like!
Tilt and shift lenses were used a lot when photographing tall buildings as the movements of the lens stops the convergence of parallel lines – basically the width of the building looks the same when shooting from low down, rather than large at the bottom and smaller towards the top. But, point the lens towards other scenes and it starts making everything look miniature.
Nowadays, you can get similar effects using photo editing software and the results are just as awesome.
Cars in particular look particularly toy-like in miniature with tilt and shift photography or editing. It’s like some real geeky model makers have created their masterpieces, but looks are deceiving. The camera clearly does lie, thankfully:
Using just an iPhone4, here’s my attempt. Nowhere nearly as awesome as those above, but not a bad effort for a snap shot through a window – Millsy: