Minimize Your Life with Tilt Shift Photography

“Tilt-shift photography” refers to the use of camera movements on small- and medium-format cameras, and sometimes specifically refers to the use of tilt for selective focus, often for simulating a miniature scene.  This trick is becoming very popular and has made its way into the mainstream in print advertisements, as well as commercials.  In this post I will share with you 49 examples of tilt photography that make good use of its clever illusion.

A Miniature Dip

Colorama (video)

Full Tilt Boogie

It’s a Miniature World Part 2

It’s a Small World

Little Lands

Little World

Mini Istanbul

Miniature Florida

Miniature Pumpkins

Minimize / Andorra

Minimize Lisbon


ROME in my Pocket

Spiritual Altitudes

The Little Things

Tilt Shift

Tilt Shift Photography

Tilt Shift Riederalp

Tiny Tokyo

Toy Docks

Viajes en Tilt Shift

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  1. July 28, 2010

    Some of these are really well done (exmaple: the one with the construction workers). Others (examples: the picture of The Louvre, the picture of the stranded boats in the harbor) are just plain bad examples, and should not be in this list.

    After some tutorials on this technique were published, apparently some people think you can just take any picture, go through the steps et voila, there you have a tilt-shift picture.

  2. July 28, 2010

    I love this effect of photo and the 4th photo is the Eden project, which is the exact same photo I made a Tilt-Shift effect from but from a different angle.

    You can see my effect of the same place on flickr:

    I love some of these, the pumpkin pic was awesome!

  3. Andy
    July 28, 2010

    I find this type of photography fascinating, with a few truly stunning examples in the above collection, however, I get a (slight) headache and nausea feeling after looking at these for too long.

    I have near perfect vision, but this style of photography causes me to feel the same disorientation as the blurred optical illusion pictures induce, like this one (this is an exaggerated example just for illustration.)

    Am I alone, or can I cancel my appointment with the optician?

    BTW, the construction workers one gets my vote!

  4. July 28, 2010

    @Steve: I like yours better than the one posted here 🙂

  5. July 28, 2010

    Love the Post! Keep them coming!
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  6. July 29, 2010

    Great post. We did a tilt-shift round-up not long ago, went down really well. 🙂

  7. July 29, 2010

    Very cool. It is amazing how a simple blurring can be made from conventional photography toy world

  8. July 29, 2010

    They’re fascinating. I have never come across tilt shift photography. Its really inspired me. The miniature pumpkins one is amazing. Thank you.

  9. July 29, 2010

    I love this style of photography… pity Tilt & Shift lenses cost so much! ><

  10. July 29, 2010

    Very cool photos here. Thanks for inspiration 🙂

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  11. July 29, 2010

    Great examples there but agree that this effect does not suite all pics. Havent tried this personally, maybe some day I will with right pic.

  12. July 29, 2010

    Surely you can do that with Photoshop? — Stephan

  13. August 2, 2010

    @Stephan Wehner
    Yes, you can do that in Photoshop or use a tool like which is even simpler 🙂

  14. Rick M
    August 2, 2010

    I love these kinda pics, some people I know in the US have taken some photos like this, I discovered there is a cheat way to get this effect and all it requires is a few simple steps in Photoshop. Not really a need for an expensive tilt shift lens IMO.

  15. August 15, 2010

    Thank you for the mention among such great talent. Much appreciated!

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