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One of the more popular trends in photography right now is to create something called a Tilt-Shift photo. And while you don't have the ability to do that natively with the iOS camera application--or necessarily natively with Instagram either-- you can sort of fake it by using something in the Instagram known as one of the Blurs. And so all you have to do is either take a photo or load a photo into Instagram and then you tap this little Water Droplet icon up here, which signifies the Blurs. And if you want to create a Tilt- Shift photo, what you're going to do is select this box blur here at the top, and that's going to be a blur on either at the top or the bottom.
And if you're not sure exactly what a Tilt-Shift lens actually does in photography, it basically creates a blur on either side of the photo and then leaves a strip of the photo in the middle sort of in focus. This is really neat when you're wanting to shoot cityscapes and things like that from high up above a building, gives you a great perspective and almost makes things look sort of like a miniature toy or something like that. In Instagram once you have this applied, you actually have really good levels of control over this just with your finger. So if you want to change where the blur actually happens on this photo, all you have to do is tap the area you want to keep in focus, and you'll notice each time you tap, it gives you sort of a highlighted area of what's going to be blurry and what's going to be in focus.
So, you just pick the area that you want to be in focus and the rest of the areas are completely blurred out, making what's in the middle almost appear to be sort of a miniature or something like that. And so, once you have that done, it's pretty much all set up. That is your Tilt-Shift Effect inside of Instagram. So again, if you don't want to do this, let's turn this back off just for a second by tapping and turning off the X, you see what the photo looks like just plain. To add the Tilt-Shift effect, go back up to the Blur, click on the little rectangle and then position your blur by tapping with your finger.
Once you have everything positioned like you like it, there is your Tilt-Shift Effect, you can go through now and add filters or simply tap the check mark to commit to that and take you to your screen to share that on your Instagram Profile.
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