TiltShiftMaker is a web-based image manipulator designed to give you photos the unique look of photographs taken with a tilt-shift lens for free. What is tilt-shift photography? A lens is used that allows the photographer to tilt the focal plane—in a regular camera the focal plane is fixed in parallel to the film or image sense— and to shift the part of the barrel of the lens up to correct for the distortion in things like tall buildings. One of the more recognisable traits of tilt-shift lenses is how their extremely shallow depth of field creates a feeling that one is looking at a photograph of a tiny model of something instead of the real thing. For the purists, sure it's cheating. But tilt-shift lenses start at $1200'ish and only rise in cost from there. Most people won't be running out to buy a lens that expensive for a little hobbyist fun.
'br é"TiltShiftMaker allows you to mimic the depth of field blurring that using a tilt-shift lens would create. You upload a picture from your computer or from the web and from there you can adjust size of the focal area and its location in the picture. Additionally you can tweak the colours to be a little more vivid, as I did with the sample above. Photo by AlyKat.