NX300 | 1/250 | f/6.3 | ISO100 | 55mm

    The miniature filter gives the effect of using a tilt/shift lens. With this effect, areas around the outside of the photograph are blurred while the focus stays sharp in the center of the photograph. While this feature can replicate a “miniature” effect, it can also be used to quickly add visual interest to an image in a variety of situations, from cityscapes to images of food.

    You will need to plan ahead when making photos that will have the miniature filter applied to them. After a bit of trial-and-error experimentation, I came up with a basic distance chart that works well with this feature.

    NX300 | 1/400 | f/8.0 | ISO100 | 55mm

    NX300 | 1/320 | f/8 | ISO100 | 55mm

    NX300 | 1/40 | f/3.5 | ISO200 | 18mm

    NX300 | 1/250 | f/5.6 | ISO200 | 18mm

    A distance of at least 75–150 feet is effective, and looks best when the camera is positioned either above the car or at an angle. It’s fun to use images of vehicles in conjunction with this filter!

    NX300 | 1/80 | f/3.5 | ISO200 | 18mm

    NX300 | 1/250 | f/3.5 | ISO200 | 18mm

    When working with people as the main subject, a distance of 25 feet or more will compliment the miniature filter.

    NX300 | 1/30 | f/3.5 | ISO3200 | 18mm

    The miniature filter can also be used creatively on images of food to give a more professional look. Great for blogging recipes or sending personal images to your Samsung phone for sharing with friends on social networks.

    NX300 | 1/30 | f/3.5 | ISO3200 | 18mm

    Shown Above: NX300 in-camera editing options (main menu).

    Shown Above: Miniature filter on NX300 Touch-Screen

    NX300 | 1/125 | f/4.5 | ISO100 | 18mm

    The miniature filter also looks great on images of buildings that have been photographed at a distance of at least 150 feet away or more and have strong perspective or leading lines in the foreground.

    Since the filter is currently not customizable, be sure the main subject is framed more than ⅓ inward from the edges to avoid over-blurring, and so that the blurred effect is realistic. I also found that too many straight lines in an image takes away from the effect.

    How will you use the miniature filter on your photography? Ready, set, have fun!



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Michelle Black Says:

June 29, 2014 at 6:54 am

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