Tilt-shift photography is a method of photography that utilizes tilt-shift lenses to overcome the restrictions of depth of field and perspective that normal lenses provide. A tilt-shift lens allows for the rotation of lens against the image plane (tilt), as well as the movement of lens along the image plane (shift). By applying Scheimpflug principle, tilt-shift photography is able to obtain a very shallow depth of field using tilt and a large aperture.
Tilt-shift miniature faking is one of the most popular applications of tilt-shift photography. This is a process in which a photographer manipulates the angle of a tilt-shift lens to distort the focus of a scene to be captured by the camera, thereby creating an illusionary depth of field usually produced by macro lenses. This makes the particular scene appear smaller than it truly is.
Due to the popularity of tilt-shift miniature faking, it is often misunderstood to be synonymous with the tilt-shift photography method itself. In reality, there are other effects that can be achieved from this method. For instance, tilt-shifting is widely used to capture architectural scenes because of its unique ability to remove perspective in photos and manipulate the plane of focus.
We present here 60 cool examples of tilt-shift photography for your reference.
Nakayan’s tilt-shift Tokyo(by pinboke_planet)
Eiffel Tilt-Shift II(by ArnarBi)
Tikal Miniature(by roevin)
Vatican Stairs(by Toshio)
Oregon State Beavers Tilt-Shift Miniature(by wikipedia.com)
Mini-cars on a mini-street(by nahadef)
Miniature living room(by countlazarus)
Cleveland Clinic Miniature(by House Photography)
Tilt-shift house(by pernillep)
School Walk(by hello hayley)
Dirt bikes race start(by wakeboy)
New York City Miniature(by Daniele Pesaresi)
Real world in miniature: Construction site(by Super tourist)
Street in Downtown LA(by CFrancisco)
Small Worlds at the Technisches Museum Vienna(by bre pettis)
Tilt Loader(by entropy462)
Real Macro(by deMiguel)
Landschaft30(by Matthias Focks)
Mini Traffic(by Studio Skitz (Steven Hsieh))
Toy train(by rolohauck)
Kid’s store(by Stevo Arnold)
Clock tower(by Rolo Hauck)
Houses on a slope(by mcsixth)
Bigrig(by Hamish D. Grant)
Canal Grande(by jjjohn)
River boat on the Mississippi(by djnekokittie)
Tilt Shift – Puente del Inca, Mendoza, Argentina(by Al Zuwaga)
Vegas mini six(by californiabirdy)
Tilt-shift – Jhongjhu Port(by Yueh-Hua 2009)
Peering into the Miniascape(by rawheadrex)
The Corniche in Muscat Oman(by Eric Lafforgue)
Southern Cross Station(by JamesDPhotography)
Small houses(by Ho Nim
Small People(by ChristofferEngstrom)
serralves 08(by ronyjux)
Harvard Book Store – Tilt Shift(by Carmel Kozlov)
Man in the woods(by Cheapshooter.com)
More Tilt-Shift Photos
Can’t get enough of these amazing tilt-shift photographs? Here are more:
- 50 beautiful examples of tilt-shift photography
- 41 Amazing Tilt-shift miniature faking photographs
- Tilt/Shift Photography Links
Tilt-shift lenses (D.I.Y)
Not surprisingly, tilt-shift lenses can be quite expensive, costing $1000 and above. Here are some alternative methods you can go for:
Tilt-Shift With Adobe Photoshop
If tilt-shift lens is not within your budget at this time, how about some Photoshopping to get your photo to look really tilt-shifted.
- Tilt-Shift Photography Photoshop Tutorial
- Fake Model Photography
- How to Make Fake Miniature Scenes
- Tilt-Shift Miniature Fake Technique in Photoshop CS
- Tilt-Shift tutorial
Further Readings on Tilt-Shift Photography
Here are some other articles and links about tilf-shifting photography you might be interested in:
- Introduction to Tilt Photography
- Using a tilt shift lens. A short video on using tilt-shift lenses by renowned photographer Tony Sweet.
- Focus on tilt shift lens. A comprehensive PDF article explaining how tilt-shifting actually works from David Summerhayes.
- View Camera Movements: Why Tilt and Shift? Another well-illustrated article on tilt-shifting.
- Using tilt shift lense to Control Perspective & Control Dept of Field.
- Tilt, Shift Lenses, Tilting At Windmills
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