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50 Beautiful Examples Of Tilt-Shift Photography

Tilt-shift photography is a creative and unique type of photography in which the camera is manipulated so that a life-sized location or subject looks like a miniature-scale model. Below we present 50 beautiful examples of tilt-shift photography. All examples are linked to their sources. We strongly encourage you to explore other works of the photographers we’ve featured in this post.

To add good miniature effect to your photographs, shoot subjects from a high angle (especially from the air). It creates the illusion of looking down at a miniature model. A camera equipped with a tilt-shift lens, which simulates a shallow depth of field, is essentially all you need to start.

You may also want to take a look at the following related posts:

50 Amazing Examples of Tilt-Shift Photography Link

Vincent Laforet4

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Baldheretic5

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www.tiltshiftphotography.net6

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Christopher Chan7
Sydney Apple Store Miniature; Fake tilt shift effect applied to a 3xp HDR.

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Vesuviano – Nicola De Pisapia8
Model of a model of reality. Vietri sul mare (SA) Italy.

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Pattagon9

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Hanna María & Arnar11

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Sir Hsu13

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Tiltshiftphotography.net15

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Lachlan Sear18

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Automatt20

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B Tal22

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Dutchb0y

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Eric Lafforgue25

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Tilt-Shift Photography: It’s A Small World After All

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Timmy Toucan27

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Hamish Grant

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darktiger29

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roevin31

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Ender07935

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FoxyMcSlick38

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patrix40

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wumpiewoo42

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Marin G

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tHE PypEr44

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Andrew James46

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Gérard Pétremand

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Wmandra

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B Tal49

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Angusleonard51

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cityshrinker.com

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Jeangenie

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Tarkka54

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Shawn S. Ide

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Kurtis Perry57

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Vladimir.d

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Envios59

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MCMLXXV61

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oseillo63
On the photo: Barcelona, Spain.

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Toshio65

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Timothy Schenck68

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Tilt-Shift Videos Link

Beached72 from Keith Loutit777573
Time-Lapse video of Tamarama Beach, Sydney.

Bathtub III74 from Keith Loutit777573
Time-Lapse video of Sydney Harbor with tilt-Shift.

Bathtub II76 from Keith Loutit777573
Time-Lapse video at Sydney with tilt-Shift.

From Julien Vignali
Time Lapse video with Tilt-Shift.

Harrowdown Hill78 from Beggars79

Multnomah Falls in Miniature80 from Andrew Curtis81
Time-Lapse video at Multnomah Falls.

You can find further videos in a Metafilter round-up of tiltshift videos82.

How To Make Fake Miniature Tilt-Shift Photos? Link

To add good miniature effect to your photographs, shoot subjects from a high angle (especially from the air). It creates the illusion of looking down at a miniature model. A camera equipped with a tilt-shift lens, which simulates a shallow depth of field, is essentially all you need to start.

Resources: Link

And if you don’t have specialized equipment, you can make use of Adobe Photoshop or any other image-editing software. Manipulate the focus in such a way that it gives the image the effect of having been shot with a macro lens. Secondly, increase the saturation and contrast in a way that the color looks like bright paint on a miniature model.

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With a very little effort, you can take existing photographs of everyday scenes and make it look like they’re actually of miniature models.

Sources and Resources Link

Here you’ll find links to further articles and related Area for further articles and related resources:

Please also consider our previous posts:

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  1. 1 /2008/11/02/when-time-freezes-50-beautiful-examples-of-freeze-photography/
  2. 2 /2008/03/10/35-fantastic-hdr-pictures/
  3. 3 /2008/08/24/45-beautiful-motion-blur-photos/
  4. 4 http://www.vincentlaforet.com/
  5. 5 http://www.flickr.com/photos/baldheretic/
  6. 6 http://www.tiltshiftphotography.net/
  7. 7 http://www.flickr.com/photos/chanc/2620200879/
  8. 8 http://www.flickr.com/photos/vesuviano/2700828021/
  9. 9 http://flickr.com/photos/nicolas_xii/
  10. 10 http://flickr.com/photos/nicolas_xii/2955317413/
  11. 11 https://www.flickr.com/photos/arnarbi/
  12. 12 http://www.flickr.com/photos/arnarbi/508525463/
  13. 13 https://www.flickr.com/photos/m_hsu/
  14. 14 http://www.flickr.com/photos/m_hsu/2791070310/
  15. 15 http://www.tiltshiftphotography.net/examples.php
  16. 16 http://www.tiltshiftphotography.net/examples.php
  17. 17 http://www.tiltshiftphotography.net/examples.php
  18. 18 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lsear/551858085/
  19. 19 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lsear/551858085/
  20. 20 http://www.flickr.com/photos/automatt/119040637/
  21. 21 http://www.flickr.com/photos/automatt/119040637/
  22. 22 http://designyoutrust.com/2008/10/30/awesome-tilt-shift-miniature-faking-photography/
  23. 23 http://designyoutrust.com/2008/10/30/awesome-tilt-shift-miniature-faking-photography/
  24. 24 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pixelbuffer/107030173/
  25. 25 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mytripsmypics/129409122/
  26. 26 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mytripsmypics/129409122/
  27. 27 http://www.flickr.com/photos/timmythesuk/
  28. 28 http://www.flickr.com/photos/timmythesuk/105712092/
  29. 29 http://www.flickr.com/photos/darktiger/2921745856/
  30. 30 http://www.flickr.com/photos/darktiger/2921745856/
  31. 31 http://www.flickr.com/photos/roevin/2973794641/
  32. 32 http://www.flickr.com/photos/roevin/2973794641/
  33. 33 http://www.flickr.com/photos/roevin/2994172100/
  34. 34 http://www.flickr.com/photos/roevin/2954648936/
  35. 35 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ender079/2704450659/
  36. 36 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ender079/2704450659/
  37. 37 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ender079/2693863442/
  38. 38 http://www.flickr.com/photos/foxymcslick/2422998216/
  39. 39 http://www.flickr.com/photos/foxymcslick/2422998216/
  40. 40 http://www.flickr.com/photos/patrix/126002019/
  41. 41 http://www.flickr.com/photos/patrix/126002019/
  42. 42 http://www.flickr.com/photos/wumpiewoo/2690743902/
  43. 43 http://www.flickr.com/photos/wumpiewoo/2690743902/
  44. 44 http://www.flickr.com/photos/thepyper/1193235881/
  45. 45 http://www.flickr.com/photos/thepyper/1193235881/
  46. 46 http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrewseajames/1972686272/
  47. 47 http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrewseajames/1972686272/
  48. 48 http://wmandra.deviantart.com/art/Gold-Dust-Saloon-86924798
  49. 49 http://www.flickr.com/photos/b-tal/
  50. 50 http://www.flickr.com/photos/b-tal/428942067/
  51. 51 http://www.flickr.com/photos/richardleonard/
  52. 52 http://www.flickr.com/photos/richardleonard/114804634/
  53. 53 http://www.flickr.com/photos/87984541@N00/124977130
  54. 54 http://flickr.com/photos/22764346@N04/
  55. 55 http://flickr.com/photos/22764346@N04/2283770753/
  56. 56 http://flickr.com/photos/shawnide/469430399/
  57. 57 http://www.flickr.com/photos/curtisperry/
  58. 58 http://www.flickr.com/photos/33124677@N00/2947839633/
  59. 59 http://www.flickr.com/photos/envios/174954469/
  60. 60 http://www.flickr.com/photos/envios/174954469/
  61. 61 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mcmlxxv/2904536173/
  62. 62 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mcmlxxv/2904536173/
  63. 63 http://www.flickr.com/photos/oseillo/2113048668/
  64. 64 http://www.flickr.com/photos/oseillo/2113048668/
  65. 65 http://www.flickr.com/photos/toshio1/1448871693/
  66. 66 http://www.flickr.com/photos/toshio1/1448871693/
  67. 67 http://www.flickr.com/photos/toshio1/2462821416/
  68. 68 http://www.flickr.com/photos/timothysschenck/114468168/
  69. 69 http://www.flickr.com/photos/timothysschenck/114468168/
  70. 70 http://weheartit.com/entry/190864
  71. 71 http://weheartit.com/entry/190864
  72. 72 http://vimeo.com/1785993
  73. 73 http://vimeo.com/keithloutit
  74. 74 http://vimeo.com/1831024
  75. 75 http://vimeo.com/keithloutit
  76. 76 http://vimeo.com/1789964
  77. 77 http://vimeo.com/keithloutit
  78. 78 http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=M8ybWaIvmaM
  79. 79 http://in.youtube.com/user/beggars
  80. 80 http://vimeo.com/895100
  81. 81 http://vimeo.com/ac
  82. 82 http://www.metafilter.com/75400/Tiltshift-videos
  83. 83 http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tutorials/focusing-ts.shtml
  84. 84 http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/tilt-shift-lenses2.htm
  85. 85 http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/tilt-shift-lenses1.htm
  86. 86 http://ask.metafilter.com/88449/Why-does-tiltshift-photography-make-things-look-tiny
  87. 87 http://www.tiltshiftphotography.net/photoshop-tutorial.php
  88. 88 http://martybugs.net/blog/blog.cgi/photoshop/tutorials/TiltShiftTutorial.html
  89. 89 http://flickr.com/groups/tilt-shift-fakes/
  90. 90 http://flickr.com/groups/tshdr/
  91. 91 /2008/11/02/when-time-freezes-50-beautiful-examples-of-freeze-photography/
  92. 92 /2008/03/10/35-fantastic-hdr-pictures/
  93. 93 /2008/08/24/45-beautiful-motion-blur-photos/
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Vailancio Rodrigues is a web ninja who bakes semantic muffins. Apart from that he is also interested in Motion Graphics, Visual Effects, Photography and knows little bit of Physics due to his college education . He is from Goa - a beautiful tropical paradise in India.

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    Wow interesting photo technique, intrigued now.

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    second :):)

    nice article

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    lol
    My RSS reader picked up this story with the title: 50 Beautiful Examples of Tilt-Shit Photography

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  4. 6

    There are certainly some fantastic photos in this article. Nice typo in the first h3 element, by the way.

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    My RSS reader picked up this story with the title: 50 Beautiful Examples of Tilt-Shit Photography

    That’s because it says that in the secondary title.

    But these photo’s are beautiful indeed.

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    James De Angelis

    November 16, 2008 3:02 pm

    Might want to re-check the spelling on the H3 there, not sure it’s saying what you want it to :)

    Nice post otherwise!

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  7. 9

    This is a funny technique, but I feel SM is beginning to focus more on quantity and less on quality with all the “X examples of Y”-articles which just lists a ton of photos/videos/links.

    I wouldn’t want to see SM disappear in the endless list of blogs that do this already, so my friendly suggestion is to focus on the more exclusive material that you have here, which made me a regular reader in the first place.

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    November 16, 2008 3:42 pm

    @JN: thanks for your input. You see, we try to cover various topics and every week we try to offer the best mix for everybody. We’ll keep your suggestion in mind, but sometimes it’s just hard to be really good for everybody.

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  9. 11

    I’d like to say that I really appreciate the effort that goes into articles like these, I had no idea that such things like Tilt Shift photography existed!

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  10. 12

    The ones with the trains and cars in them were particulary awesome, probably because I’ve been doing my fair share of model railroading as a child. :3

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  11. 13

    Same for me as Jordan Moore.
    I was unaware of such a interesting way of photography! Thanks!

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  12. 14

    You continue to bring us great articles.. Smashing Magazine comes up trumps again! I worked out how to do this in photoshop a couple of years ago after seeing the technique in practice on flickr. Love the technique.

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  13. 15

    Expanding a bit on what JN said, I think the articles are fine, i just wish you expanded the opinions in each to make the the articles even more interesting and probably the comments a bit juicer, if that makes any sense :P

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  14. 16

    in response to Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz (November 16th, 2008, 3:42 pm) –

    Its great you do so many different things, and I do really like this kind of photography,

    However, I am left feeling like you simply got every single tilt-shift image you could possible find on the internet to make it up to 50.

    I feel it would have been a far better article if all the images were of such a good standard as the better ones, even if there were only 20 or 30 of them.

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    Klaas van Wachteren

    November 16, 2008 6:11 pm

    Interesting. And amazing.

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    Chris Broadfoot

    November 16, 2008 7:59 pm

    I think this article is a real shame — fake miniatures is not the only application of tilt-shift photography, and is really quite gimmicky.

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    I havent seen photos like these since the beata 1983 collection.

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  18. 20

    3/4 of these are awesome. I have a few that could beat out your bottom percentile.

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    The definition of tilt-shift photography is incredibly inaccurate.

    Tilt-shifting is a reference to the fact that the focal plane is tilted (top to bottom) or shifted (left to right) so that the plane is no longer parallel to the camera. An after affect of which can be the surrealistic mini described.

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  20. 22

    Josh (above) beat me to the punch. These photos are simply using a tilt-shift lens (or photoshop to fake the effect). You will find that tilt-shift lenses are used in many disciplines of photography including skateboarding, rock climbing and fashion.

    more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tilt-shift_photography

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