The Coolest Little BIG Photography Trick


Remember when Tilt-Shift was the  BIG thing, making real photos look like little toys? Well, photographer and model builder, Michael Paul Smith has created a set of photos that are amazing but you won’t see the trick right away. That’s why this is such a great photography trick!

Take a look at the top image, then look at these images, very carefully and see if you can guess what trick Michael uses to get the perfect shot of nostalgia and mint classic cars and trucks (no cheating by scrolling down!)







Okay, so some of his photographs aren’t of classic cars… maybe destined to be classics?


Now take a look at this shot. How does a 500 foot-tall man work and function in this world? The answer is; he creates his own world with a little work and an eye for perspective and a talent for model building. Unlike Tilt-Shift, Michael makes small toys look like real life!


Michael has figured out all the angles and with a keen knowledge of lighting, painting, set building and a huge collection of model classic cars. He creates scenes that boggle the imagination once people discover they are miniature models set against real streets and buildings. Here’s how he does it.











Michael’s photos of what he refers to as a mythical city, known as Elgin Park (no relation to Elgin, Illinois), uses his love of model cars and 25 years experience as a model maker. The quirkiness is only evident when he pops his head up into the shot, otherwise, it’s art that depends on meticulous detail to fool the viewer. See his entire collection on his Flickr page.


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Can’t make detailed miniature models? Try these stock image categories and a little Photoshop!

Speider Schneider

Speider Schneider is a former member of The Usual Gang of Idiots at MAD Magazine and has designed products for Disney/Pixar, Warner Bros., Harley-Davidson, ESPN, Mattel, DC and Marvel Comics, Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon among other notable companies. Speider is a former member of the board for the Graphic Artists Guild, co-chair of the GAG Professional Practices Committee and a former board member of the Society of Illustrators. Follow him on Twitter @speider

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