iPhone App of the Week: TiltShiftGen
It speaks volumes about the inadequacy of the iPhone’s camera that there are so many titles at the top of the App Store chart devoted to “enhancing” its photos.
TiltShiftGen specialises in generating those toy-town-like photos, where only a thin slither of the photo is kept in focus, making it look like your lens is peering into a miniature world. It does this, of course, without appending a horrifically expensive tilt-shift lens onto the iPhone. Instead, all the hard work’s done by the software.
Three sliders allow you to control the degree of blur, saturation and contrast of the photo, while dabbing at the photo on the screen sets the point of focus. Darkening the corners of the photo with the vignette controls completes the effect, helping to draw the eye towards that narrow, focused patch.
All of this is completed with the bare minimum of fuss, with the software allowing you to export your results to email, Twitter or Facebook, or simply save the edited snap back into your photo album. Photos can be exported in a variety of resolutions to avoid lengthy uploads on fitful 3G connections.
The tilt-shift effect is most effective when taking landscapes from a high vantage point, but it can also be used to bring an unusual quality to portraits or still-life photography. The software includes a brief tutorial that reveals how to achieve the best results.
At only 59p – a free trial is available, which has limited export quality options – TiltShiftGen is a cheap, yet impressive, one-trick pony.
Want more iPhone apps? Try our 73 best iPhone Apps feature or our previous iPhone Apps of the Week.
(Both photos courtesy of Richard Gianella.)