How to achieve the miniature or diorama effect?

mqavila

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I know that some cameras such as the Olympus M43s have this as an art filter but is it possible to achieve this effect on a regular camera? I have a Pany GH2. Can I just tweak some settings or is there a special lens for this? Thanks in advance!
 

Timm

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There is a special lens for this. The Lensbaby Tilt-Transformer works as a tilt (but not shift) lens and allows you to mount a Nikon lens and achieve the miniature effect.

Lensbaby - Tilt Transformer

There are some good examples on their website.

Here is also a link to a Flickr group with examples, if you go to the 5th page look for the ones taken in the Air and Space Museum. They are hands down some of the best I've ever seen.

Flickr: The Lensbaby


and lastly here are a couple I've taken...

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Timm

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Yes those are the ones. I must have missed that thread when it was posted.
Something about them, I think it's because everything is so clean, really makes them look like miniatures.

The whole effect is really just a product of our minds being used to a very narrow depth of field in macro photography. When you use the Lensbaby or software to blur out everything but a narrow slice of focus, it suddenly looks miniature.
 

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