30 Amazing Examples of Tilt-Shift Photography


Tilt-shift photography refers to us of camera movement on small and medium format cameras. Sometimes, it also refers to the use of tilt for selective focus.

The final results tilt-shift photography involve making your subjects appear as if they are cute little toys. This is a form of trick photography and it has been grabbing much attention for last few years. The main purpose of this trick is to pick a real life scene and convert it into a fun miniature scene.

For professional tilt-shift results, you will need a specialized lens. But there are free apps that you can use with your mobile device that generate near-pro results.

Understanding Tilt-shift Photography

Tilt-shift actually encompasses two different types of movements: rotation of the lens plane relative to the image plane, called tilt, and movement of the lens parallel to the image plane, called shift. Tilt is used to control the orientation of the plane of focus (PoF), and hence the part of an image that appears sharp.

Some digital cameras now offer built-in miniature option to create such photos. They of course create this effect using software. On the commercial end, the pros create tilt-shift photography with a very special type of lens which costs a lot of money.

These days, even mobile phone cameras are coming equipped with tilt-shift photography so things are much easier these days. All you need now is the knowledge of selective focus, which is often used for simulating a miniature scene.

Tour to Chinatown


A match for Manchester United

tilt shift photography

Rush hour on the highway


As the time went by


Dealer market


The village in the mountains


The play area


Highway leading up to the valley


The harbor beyond the city


Boat houses near ground houses


The round air terminal


Lift chair to Victoria Hill


Cable car in Wellington New Zealand


Daily grind


The big match is about to begin


The capital, of the capital of the world’s greatest empire


Pollution in a tank


Raw pollution being mined


A street in Ireland


The brutal game of friendly people


Business center in the modern city


The snowy village from Europe


Time square


The Empire State shadows the big apple


Diesel engine burns the tracks


The boulevard in the big city


The red road

They call it the greatest city in the world


The American export to Olympics


Out shopping



Tilt-shift creates beautiful innocent looking photos, but this is not the most commercial kind of effect such as Fish-eye. While you should take control of it because it boosts your creativity and takes really cool pictures, I’d suggest that you don’t buy any expensive equipment just to take tilt-shift photos.
Although, in most cases, you won’t have to buy any special equipment to take such photos.

Secondly, do experiment. Tilt-shift is such a type of photography that makes absolutely ordinary things look spectacular, but turns breathtaking landscapes into mediocre images. So make sure you experiment with it a lot and take images of everywhere. Once you get hold of it, you’ll love this effect.

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  1. Chris July 1, 2010 at 11:36 am

    This are been normally the small photograph from the small device with Tilt views.Tilt-shift photography refers to the use of camera movements on small- and medium-format cameras, and sometimes specifically refers to the use of tilt for selective focus

  2. SKilledBits July 1, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Hi,,!! Friends..!!
    one thing to say the pictures are too much Interesting and Attractive but the photos r not of mix categories i.e: Wild Life, Micro Life etc..!

  3. Mr M July 4, 2010 at 9:24 am

    I love this page but my goodness the comments are gibberish!

  4. Mohamed Rias November 23, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Some of them are really amazing…. and few of them are fake done with photoshop. Still i love this art of tilt-shifting 🙂

  5. Kristeen December 16, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Very cool!

  6. NBJokhio December 18, 2010 at 8:46 am

    heart touching photography, i think these are toys..!! Can u tell me that i think you have added some photoshop effects also. Isn’t it..??

  7. Stav July 22, 2011 at 6:10 am

    Thanks for including my photo (airport) among those. Much appreciated!

    1. Ayaz Malik July 22, 2011 at 7:11 am

      Np at all Stav 🙂

  8. Kt November 4, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    The San Francisco one is fake. There are no streetcars in that area and the real ones do not look like that.

    1. Tayyub November 4, 2015 at 10:41 pm

      You’re right. I made a cross-image search and it turns out it is a photo of the other end of the world, New Zealand.

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