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An Eye on Convenience Part 2: The Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

With its #CreateWithCanon campaign, Canon South Africa wants to encourage the use of its cameras in the urban creative and photography hobbyist markets.

You may recall my first #CreateWithCanon post where I had a gander at the PowerShot SX600 HS, its build quality, connectivity features, and how easily it fit into my pocket. I did gloss over the shooting modes, so let’s take a look at the finer details in this post.

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Miniature Meals by Kim Burke

Artist Kim Burke hails from Minnesota, United States, and loves miniatures. Drawing inspiration from cookbooks and pastry shops, she makes mouthwatering miniature meals out of polymer clay.

For someone who claims to be a newbie, the level of detail shown in her work is absolutely amazing. Have a look at some of her tiny treats after the jump.

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Mui-Ling Teh’s Ever So Tiny Origami

I haven’t met Mui-Ling Teh, but I can assume she has the most dexterous fingers.

The 23-year old Canadian artist has always been a fan of paper craft and in 2008, she began creating origami on a truly miniature scale. She folds the 15×15mm paper with her fingers and only uses tweezers for the last few folds. Her paper art is millimeters in size and usually captured with a hand-held camera in super macro mode, or shot through a magnifying glass. Her smallest work to date is a crane folded from a 3×3mm piece of trace paper.

Have a look at some of her incredible miniature origami after the jump.

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The Wonderfully “Strange Worlds” of Matthew Albanese

Matthew Albanese had me fooled. Mind you it I’m easily aroused duped.

The 26-year old artist creates the most spectacular realistic-looking landscapes through the use of clever photography and everyday objects. The miniature models contain an astonishing amount of detail. Consider my jaw dropped. Check out some of his “Strange Worlds” series after the jump.


EVOL’s Stencil Art Buildings

EVOL is an artist who takes his love of stencil art to the streets of Germany and creates the illusion of buildings on electricity boxes and concrete structures dotted around local cities. He has since taken it abroad. The stencilwork is quite something. Have a look at some of his “Buildings” series after the jump.

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Changing Your View With Tilt-shift Photography

Tilt-shift photography is a technique where you manipulate a camera so that a photo of a life-sized location or subject looks like a miniature-scale model. By shooting the locations from a high angle, it will  create the illusion of looking down at a scale model. The example of Nice, France below by Flickr user therealjasonruff shows the technique off well.

There are a few ways for you to create tilt-shift photos:

The Traditional, Possibly Expensive Method

This method involves obtaining a decent camera, a tilt-shift lens, and reading up on the details  HERE, HERE, and HERE. Not recommended for people with ADD or those feeling monetary problems.

The “Keeping it Real Fake” Method

This method involves using a graphics editor like Photoshop or GIMP to alter the focus of the photograph to simulate a shallow depth of field that would normally be encountered when using macro lenses. This will make the scene seem much smaller than it really is. By increasing the color saturation and contrast, you can simulate the bright paint often found on scale models.

To make your own tilt-shift photographs with Photoshop click HERE for a tutorial.

The Easy as Pie” Method

TiltShiftMaker is an online site that does all the hard work for you in 3 simple steps. Upload your standard photo (jpeg format, 4MB limit), select the focus size, and get the tilt-shift equivalent.

Use TiltShiftMaker HERE and check out the Flickr TiltShiftMaker pool HERE.