I found a tutorial on tilt shift photography that I wanted to share (provided by www.tiltshiftphotography.net.) The effect is done with Photoshop, using the Lens Blur filter. This tutorial is really a great alternative if you don’t have the budget for a $1000+ dollar tilt shift lens. To utilize the fullest effect of this technique your going to want to choose a landscape image that is shot from an elevated point of view. This effect can really produce a cool image that has the look and feel of a miniature model.
You can check out more techniques and discussions on Tilt Shift Photography at www.tiltshiftphotography.net