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.

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. In addition to focus manipulation, the tilt-shift photography effect is improved by increasing color saturation and contrast, to simulate the bright paint often found on scale models.

Tilt-shift miniature faking is one of the most popular applications of tilt-shift photography.

In many cases, “tilt-shift photography” refers to the use of tilt and a large aperture to achieve a very shallow depth of field.

Here are 30 Beautiful examples of tilt-shift photography for your reference.

( photo by alastair mitchell )

( photo by californiabirdy )

( photo by ArnariBi )

( photo by JoHa )

( photo by 27147 )

( photo by MaverickEast )

( photo by californiabirdy )

( photo by Serigrapher )

( photo by  pathandpixel )

( photo by erikrasmussen )

( photo by ddotcom12 )

( photo by wakeboy )

( photo by the13thZen )

( photo by PonzA )

( photo by r-y-o )

( photo by handsomefatty )

( photo by B Tal )

( photo by findbluesky )

( photo by Manuel Steinbrecher )

( photo by  yarnzombie )

( photo by RCB Fotos )

( photo by octavioqueiroz )

( photo by noahpurdy )

( photo by The Laird of Lard )

( photo by :chris: )

( photo by sgym )

( photo by envisionpublicidad )

( photo by le niners )

( photo by House Photography )

( photo by *Yueh-Hua 2009 )

Here are some other articles and links about tilf-shifting photography you might be interested in:

Introduction to Tilt Photography

Tilt-Shift Photography Photoshop Tutorial

Tilt, Shift Lenses, Tilting At Windmills

Amazing Tilt-Shift Time-Lapse Videos



  1. thanks for the examples, great inspiration as always. but at least the picture of the sydney opera house by :chris: is a fake tilt shift. it says so on his flickr page. (“A fake Tilt Shift of the Opera House Forecourt.”) fyi


  2. Great idea! At first time i think – its a toys:) Very deceptive photographing style! Look very interesting…

  3. Thanks for the explanation. Haven’t heard about it before today and already found these wonderful images.

    Thanks again,

  4. These pictures are eye catching and amazing , very attractive.I really loved Eiffel Tower photo.Tilt shift Photography is something new to try!

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