The digital age has changed how we take photos, and what we do with photos once they’re taken. Back in the day of film, photographers were careful to focus, compose, and set exposure on each shot. Film and processing and printing was expensive.
Today, with digital point-and-shoot cameras, the entire nature of shooting photos and what happens next has changed dramatically. The most popular camera on the planet is Apple’s iPhone. We point. We shoot. We save. Focus, composure, and exposure are secondary thoughts because all that’s required is autofocus. Compose, exposure, and, to a certain degree, focus can be added to a photo later.
Tilt-shift is often used to create fake miniature versions of photos to simulate the effects of using an expensive tilt-shift lens on a camera. TiltShift does almost the same thing to any photo. Here’s an example.
TiltShift is rather easy to use. Controls are in the lefthand Sidebar and allow you to adjust the focus of specific areas of a photo. The focal plane can be easily adjusted, and you get control over color effects, too, perfect for creating life-like fake miniatures.
The app makes it easy to create custom presets for settings you’ll use often. TiltShift also works with large panoramic images (such as those from iPhone 5 and 5S). Focus or blur areas can be circular or leveled on a plane. Photos can also be displayed in OS X’s fullscreen mode. It even handles 16-bit RAW photos.
TiltShift comes with a nominal price tag considering that such capability by using a camera lens could be far more expensive. The TiltShift developer has a free trial version available for download (with a watermark), but the app is only available on the Mac App Store.