Tilt-shift images can be made one of two ways: one is to capture them in-camera using a tilt-shift lens, and the other is to create the effect in post-production by using a clever blurring technique.
One isn’t necessarily better than the other — each has its own time and place — but more often than not, creating the effect in post-production is the most convenient (read: cheapest) method.
To help run through the basics of creating a tilt-shift scene in post-production, Nicole Dalesio, of Craftsy, shows off a quick and efficient method using Photoshop’s built-in blur tools. Dalesio runs through two different images, one of an urban landscape and one of a train station, to show how the effect can affect the aesthetic quality of the final image.
At six minutes long, the tutorial is short enough to be watched over a lunch break, so press play and enjoy the tutorial while you devour that chicken sandwich that’s been calling your name all morning.