Fancy A Bit Of Tilt And Shift?

In ER’s recent Diablog posting on the carnival in Samba he mentioned the subject of Tilt-Shift photography.

I will try to explain what I know of this type of photo style without writing a mind numbing article such as my favourite foot fetish shoes, written by ER, and Glynsky’s attempt at putting all on the first flight to Switzerland to visit Dignitas, in his appropriately titled never-ending-story:

He enthralled us all with  his successful attempt to install a cigarette lighter in one of his fleet of Alfa Romeos.

So at the risk of joining the Diablog contender list for bore of the year here goes nothing:


Tilt-Shift photography is a creative and unique type of work in which the camera is manipulated so that a life-sized location or subject looks like a miniature-scale model. 

Tilt-Shift photography is one of those things that you’ve probably seen already, even if you don’t know what it is. It involves taking high-angle photographs of large-scale scenes in which the top and bottom of the shot are out of focus.

I have shown a few photo examples of what is referred to in the meaning of Tilt-Shift.


To add good miniature effect to your photographs, I would suggest shooting subjects from a high angle (especially from the air if you have a good head for heights). This 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.

I have never had the opportunity to own the type of equipment needed for this type of photography and with lenses such as the

Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L II Lens ( Wide 24mm focal length, ± 8.5° Tilt & ±12mm Shift)


costing around £1400.00 + I would need to convince myself and Mrs Pete of the possible justification of yet another toy I would not use very often.


However the images that can be achieved can be stunning as shown, so maybe I should add a Tilt-shift lens to my rather long wish list.

I hope I have managed to simplify the meaning of this term and sincerely hope I have not added myself to the Bore Of The Year listing. 

6 Replies to “Fancy A Bit Of Tilt And Shift?”

  1. It was not at all boring. Really the results looked like model railway sets. Didn’t Glynsky promise us a post on this?

  2. Now that, pumpkin, is seriously interesting.
    My sad efforts are just point and squirt which is fine in the public toilet but kinda fails for anything detailed.
    I am fascinated by ‘good’ photography – but I know nuffink!
    Yes Smiles, I will do model trains when I have the chance to dig it all out and photo it.

  3. Once you have dug it out, invite Pete around to photo it, as he seems to know what he is doing and talking about. Very rare on this diablog !!

  4. Thankyou Smiles for the remark.
    I told Glynsky you were a man of taste and high standards.
    It must be the first complement I have received in the last 12 months especially from the two miserable sods who write for this Diablog.

  5. Will I at least get a friendly pat on the back? For pushing Pete to write about it finally? No? OK.

    Maybe after I push him to write about long shutter photography with light art, another trend.
    Or maybe not.


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