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.

Photo retrieved: https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/beautiful-examples-of-tilt-shift-photography/

Tilt–shift photography is 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.

Photo retrieved: https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/beautiful-examples-of-tilt-shift-photography/

Tilt-shift photography is usually being dong in post production (Photoshop) or with the help of a special lens. Nowadays, tilt-shift effect can also be done with a special app on your phone.

Photo retrieved: https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/beautiful-examples-of-tilt-shift-photography/

Criteria for creating a tilt-shift photograph:

The photo must be taken from above, but not directly overhead.

A simple scene is usually better than a complicated one.

Photo sharpness is a must, as well as good lighting.

Avoid wide shots, and make sure the scene is interesting.

Photo retrieved: https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/beautiful-examples-of-tilt-shift-photography/

Once the right photo is selected, the tilt shift treatment can begin. First, determine what your point of interest (and therefore focus) will be in the photo. Create a mask, then use the gradient tool on the mask to select was is to be in focus, and how the blur gradient will be placed. Apply the Lens Blur filter. The gradient placement and amount of Lens Blur usually requires some trial and error to get right. Once it is satisfactory, the look of being a miniature is already apparent. Next, bring up the master saturation level about 30%, giving more to greens sometimes, or other colors that you want to pop out. In miniature scenes, typically colors are very bold and saturated, hence this step. Finally, using the Curves tool, enhance the contrast in the high tonal highlights of the photo.

Photo retrieved: https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/beautiful-examples-of-tilt-shift-photography/

Tilt-shift effect brings that fairy tale look to the photograph, which makes any picture noticeable and interesting.


1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tilt%E2%80%93shift_photography

2. ttps://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/beautiful-examples-of-tilt-shift-photography/

3. http://www.tiltshiftphotography.net/tilt-shift-photography-photoshop-tutorial/

4. http://digital-photography-school.com/an-introduction-to-tilt-shift-photography/

by Hanna Dimitrova


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