#935 Tilt-shift photography

According to tiltshiftphotography.net tilt–shift photography or miniature faking is a creative technique whereby a photograph of a life-size location or object is manipulated to give an optical illusion of a photograph of a miniature scale model. You could also do it with fancy camera lenses as opposed to computer software like Adobe Photoshop.

tilt shift photography village

I absolutely love this type of photo manipulation. Some folks are super talented at it and can make you actually wonder if you indeed are looking at a miniature model.

Sometimes the term ’tilt-shift photography’ or miniature faking is used when the shallow depth of field is simulated with digital post processing such as with a computer program such as Photoshop or the name may derive from the tilt–shift lens normally required when the effect is produced optically.

tilt shift photography monument

So how do they do it using an actual camera? What equipment is needed? Well, tilt–shift photography uses two different types of camera movements: rotation of the lens plane relative to the image plane which is called tilt and movement of the lens parallel to the image plane which is called shift. You use tilt to control the orientation of the plane of focus (PoF), and the part of an image that appears sharp making use of the Scheimpflug principle. Shift is used to adjust the position of the subject in the image area without moving the camera back. This is handy and is often helpful in avoiding the convergence of two or more parallel lines like when photographing tall buildings.

tilt shift photography eiffel tower paris

Basic digital post-processing techniques using a program such as Photoshop can give results similar to those achieved with sometimes expensive camera equipment and can often afford greater flexibility such as choosing the region that is sharp and the amount of blur for the unsharp regions. Also these choices can be made after the photograph is taken.

If you would like to try your hand at tilt-shift photography but do not have a fancy camera here is a fantastic tutorial from tiltshiftphotography.net explaining how to make amazing tilt-shift photography images with Photoshop.

tilt shift photography church

Amazing isn’t it?

See some more awesome photos in the book “Tilt-Shift”-ing the World Richard Silver which you can buy on Amazon today!

If you like tilt-shift photography as much as I do, let me know in the comments below. Also, what do you think would make a good subject for this technique? A Formula 1 race perhaps? Disneyland? Would love to hear your thoughts.

55 Replies to “#935 Tilt-shift photography”

  1. This is great! A lot of phone photo apps now also have this capability. Instagram’s selective focus mode can, with a little experimentation, give decent tilt/shift results as well.

  2. Never heard of tilt shift photography Troy. Out of all those photos I like the last one the best. I think that one is amazing. I love photography, even have a photo blog which I seriously need to update, so I may have to give this a shot. When I have time that is 😉
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    • Thank you for visiting and your comment. There are plenty of sites on the Internet you can find tips on how to use your new DSLR camera. You can use Google to help you find your information. Let us know how it works out. 🙂
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    • You know, honestly, I never gave thought to tilt-shift photography as it pertains to food. Usually, tilt-shift is to make huge things look small but what if… What if you used tilt shift for a picture of a buffet or picnic spread or something like that? What do you think Joe?
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    • Cool. Thanks. I have gotten into Time lapse lately. Good stuff but it is a bummer when I just have to sit there and wait. Best to bring a book. LOL

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  3. Hi There,
    Thanks for this interesting article. I am a starting a blogger looking to learn from others experience at all level: blogs content writing from planning to publishing, gain some insights about SEO strategies and how to market correctly the written articles. I am specially focused on DSLR photography.
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  4. I personally love tilt photography, and I try and implement it in my wedding photography too. I just loved the 2nd last image of the church. Its Amazing

  5. This is great post .. I think it is very useful content for visitor. Again thanks for sharing.
    I personally love tilt photography, and I try and implement it in my wedding photography too. Well that is one great chapter of Photography . I really liked what you have shared here.
    Thanks you very much for your informative and effective post

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  7. we use good lenses for camera by the adobe Photoshop software.its give a good result.This Artical nice for me .thanks for it.

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