Scale Model Photography: Making Life-Size Look Minature

Miniature Faking, Diorama Illusion and Diorama Effect, Tilt-Shift Photography, Scale Model Photography, Science Fiction Models, Diorama

In the world of scale models, the goal is to make a miniature look like the real item it was modeled after. Occasionally, making a real object look like a miniature can be a challenge.

Tilt–shift photography is the art of using a specialized lens to selectively blur and focus different parts of an image, making other parts stand out in sharp focus. The result, is a full size object that looks like a miniature.

This is also called Miniature Faking, Diorama Illusion and Diorama Effect.

Typically this takes a very specialized (and expensive) camera lens, fortunately, the same effect can also be accomplished with Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro and other digital image applications by simulating a shallow depth-of-field in post-processing.  Translation: selectively blurring parts of the image.

A common technique for making a full-size object or scene resemble a miniature model is to progressively blur the image from the center to the top or bottom.

Many diorama effect images are taken for a high angle to simulate looking down on a miniature diorama.

Where has the been used in real applications:

1. Photographs taken with the technique have been used in a set of bumps on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim nighttime lineup.

2. Diorama illusion scenes of the Las Vegas skyline were featured prominently in the CSI episode "Living Doll" in which The Miniature Killer is revealed.
3. Diorama illusion crowd scenes are used in the intro sequence of the TV series Dollhouse.

4.  The SyFy reality show Hot Set uses diorama illusion footage as B-roll footage.

Why use this with scale models?

This technique would be useful for creating forced perspective miniature backgrounds or backdrops, miniature billboards or signs and printed building interiors

The below images are excellent examples of the diorama effect applied to real objects.  References and links to tutorials below the images.

Miniature Faking, Diorama Illusion and Diorama Effect, Tilt-Shift Photography, Scale Model Photography, Science Fiction Models, Diorama

Miniature Faking, Diorama Illusion and Diorama Effect, Tilt-Shift Photography, Scale Model Photography, Science Fiction Models, Diorama

Miniature Faking, Diorama Illusion and Diorama Effect, Tilt-Shift Photography, Scale Model Photography, Science Fiction Models, Diorama

Miniature Faking, Diorama Illusion and Diorama Effect, Tilt-Shift Photography, Scale Model Photography, Science Fiction Models, Diorama

Miniature Faking, Diorama Illusion and Diorama Effect, Tilt-Shift Photography, Scale Model Photography, Science Fiction Models, Diorama

Miniature Faking, Diorama Illusion and Diorama Effect, Tilt-Shift Photography, Scale Model Photography, Science Fiction Models, Diorama

Miniature Faking, Diorama Illusion and Diorama Effect, Tilt-Shift Photography, Scale Model Photography, Science Fiction Models, Diorama

Miniature Faking, Diorama Illusion and Diorama Effect, Tilt-Shift Photography, Scale Model Photography, Science Fiction Models, Diorama

Miniature Faking, Diorama Illusion and Diorama Effect, Tilt-Shift Photography, Scale Model Photography, Science Fiction Models, Diorama

Miniature Faking, Diorama Illusion and Diorama Effect, Tilt-Shift Photography, Scale Model Photography, Science Fiction Models, Diorama

Miniature Faking, Diorama Illusion and Diorama Effect, Tilt-Shift Photography, Scale Model Photography, Science Fiction Models, Diorama

References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miniature_faking

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tilt_shift

Jet fighter tutorial
http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/photo-effects-tutorials/using-photoshop-and-your-brain-to-produce-diorama-illusions/

Other tutorials:
http://www.steves-digicams.com/knowledge-center/how-tos/photo-software/how-to-fake-model-photography-in-photoshop.html

http://www.tiltshiftphotography.net/tilt-shift-photography-photoshop-tutorial/

More examples of tilt-shift or diorama effect photography:

http://izismile.com/2009/11/19/stunning_tilt-shift_photography_67_pics.html

http://www.redbubble.com/people/peterh111/journal/5713153-an-introduction-to-tilt-shift-photography

http://acidcow.com/pics/3968-tiltshift_photography_84_pics.html

http://acidcow.com/pics/11898-rsrrs-ryesrsryorisr-srsrrisrsryoryo-ri-ssryorr.html

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