So f’n cool. The above videos are by an Australian named Keith Loutit, and they’re some of the most visually compelling short films that I’ve ever seen.
Each of the videos in his Vimeo stream utilize a photographic technique known as “Tilt-Shift”. I’m quite shocked this hasn’t been blatantly copied in some advertising campaign, if not for the cool look it lends the images, then for the ability to make everything seem like miniatures. I’ve seen this before in photos, but in videos? Not so much.
The Tilt-Shift technique essentially moves the camera body (where the image is captured) relative to the lens elements.
- Tilting (angling) the camera body creates a highly selective focus, because only a small portion of the lens is the “correct” distance from the flim/sensor.
- Shifting (sliding) the camera body relative to the lens position allows correction for distortion created by a subject’s distance from the camera. For example, if you’re shooting an image of a tall building, the “shift” of the lens could reduce or eliminate the way said building’s top would appear to recede from view.
So with the correct application of tilting and shifting of the optical elements of the lens and the camera body, Loutit is able to make everything in these videos appear to be in miniature.
That’s it. It’s cool, I’m envious, and I want to learn more. Hat tip to Kevin Panke for finding these videos..