40 Mesmerizing Examples of Tilt-Shift Photography

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Tilt-shift photography is an inspired and mesmerizing photography technique that requires manipulating the camera or image so that a life-sized location or subject looks like a miniature-scale model.

The most important thing to remember when it comes to tilt-shift photography is that you want to take your photography from above, but not entirely from overhead. By not shooting from directly overhead, you will achieve the necessary depth of field which will make your end photograph a lot more realistic.

You will also want to keep your scene as simple as possible as you won’t find an elaborate scene in a miniature model, which is what the tilt-shift photography is trying to mimic.

One last thing to keep in mind is that you want to make sure your lighting is perfect and if there are any people in the photo, they need to be relatively small. This will help you maintain the focal point of your image sharp and avoid having too many details on people, just as you would in a model scene.

Once you have your perfect photo, you can begin the magical transformation with Photoshop or your favorite photo editing software. When you’re done, you’ll have a mini work of art that you can frame and enjoy for years to come.

If you would like to learn how to achieve this marvellous effect, we have posted some useful resources and tutorials at the bottom of this gallery. But first, take a moment to enjoy some of the best examples of tilt-shift photography from around the web.

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Little Game
tilt-shift photography miniature Little Game

Ermoupolis Village (Syros, Greece)
tilt-shift photography miniature Ermoupolis Village: Syros, Greece

Pier 39
tilt-shift photography miniature Pier 39 Gets the Tilt

Toy-Sumo
tilt-shift photography miniature toy-Sumo

Snowdon Railway
tilt-shift photography miniature Snowdon railway

Big Sur
tilt-shift photography miniature the thrills:big sur

Mini Ruins
tilt-shift photography miniature Mini Ruins

Dubrovnik Miniature Fake
tilt-shift photography miniature Dubrovnik tilt-shift miniature fake

Tilt-Shift Zebra Stripe
tilt-shift photography miniature Tilt-Shift Zebra Stripe

London
tilt-shift photography miniature London

Toy Kuala Lumpur
tilt-shift photography miniature Toy Kuala Lumpur

Oasis Miniature
tilt-shift photography miniature Oasis Miniature

Cliff 3000
tilt-shift photography miniature Cliff 3000

Mini Off-Roaders
tilt-shift photography miniature Mini off-roaders

Tilt Shift Rush Hour
tilt-shift photography miniature Tilt shift rush hour

Tilt Shift Train
tilt-shift photography miniature Tilt shift train

Tilt Shift
tilt-shift photography miniature Tilt Shift

Tilt-Shift Volei
tilt-shift photography miniature Tilt-shift Volei

Millook Beach, Cornwall
tilt-shift photography miniature Millook beach, Cornwall tilt-shift

Mini Multnomah Falls
tilt-shift photography miniature Mini multnomah falls

Tilt Shift Sofas
tilt-shift photography miniature Tilt shift sofas

Big Miniature World
tilt-shift photography miniature biG miNiaTURe wOrLd

Christchurch
tilt-shift photography miniature Christchurch tilt-shift experiment

Tilt-shift Train
tilt-shift photography miniature Tilt-shift train

Tilt-Shift
tilt-shift photography miniature Tilt-shift

Elephants
tilt-shift photography miniature Elephants

Penguins
tilt-shift photography miniature Penguins

Stadium
tilt-shift photography miniature Stadium

Tilt Shift
tilt-shift photography miniature Tilt shift test

Euroflora 2006
tilt-shift photography miniature Euroflora 2006

Positano
tilt-shift photography miniature Positano

Vegas Tilt Shift
tilt-shift photography miniature Vegas Tilt Shift

Washing Clothes
tilt-shift photography miniature Washing Clothes

Looking down on Sydney Harbour
tilt-shift photography miniature Looking down on Sydney Harbour

Miniature
tilt-shift photography miniature Miniature

Tilt-Shift Manhattan
tilt-shift photography miniature Tilt-Shift Manhattan

South Manhatten Tiltshift by Night
tilt-shift photography miniature New York City USA - South Manhatten Tiltshift by Night

Bergen, Norway
tilt-shift photography miniature Bergen. Norway (Tilt-Shift, miniature, HDRi)

Tilt-Shift Tutorials

Just in case you do not have a camera with a tilt-shift lens (it is an expensive piece of kit after all), then you can use these Photoshop tutorials to give your photographs the miniature tilt-shift look. you can see above. Here they are: