40 Incredible Toy-like Pieces of Tilt-Shift Photography

Tilt-shift miniature faking is now the popular and fashionable method of making big objects look like tiny models. All you need to start is essentially a camera equipped with a tilt-shift lens which simulates a shallow depth of field. For this effect is usually achieved through creative technique in which a photographer manipulates the angle of a tilt-shift lens to distort the focus of a life-sized scene captured by the camera, thereby creating an illusive depth of field usually produced by macro lenses. Most faked tilt-shift photos are taken at quite good height to further imitate the effect of looking down on a miniature. In this post, we showcase a number of fantastic examples of tilt-shift photos. All examples are linked to their original sources and you’re recommended to check out other amazing works of their authors.

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tilt-shift miniature

Photo by alastair mitchell

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tilt-shift miniature faking

Photo by darktiger4u

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tilt-shift perspective manipulation

Photo by JoHa

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tilt-shift photo effect

Photo by californiabirdy

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tilt-shift image

Photo by JeRoseL

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tilt-shift photography

Photo by Bob Reck

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tilt-shift photo effect

Photo by Thinklab

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tilt-shift miniature faking

Photo by isayx3

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tilt-shift perspective manipulation

Photo by gomi

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tilt-shift miniature

Photo by embr

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tilt-shift photography

Photo by pongo 2007

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tilt-shift photo

Photo by Chris Mc Roberts

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tilt-shift perspective manipulation

Photo by Yousef Askool

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tilt-shift miniature faking

Photo by akosihub

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tilt-shift miniature

Photo by jontlaw (doobrady)

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tilt-shift photo effect

Photo by livingonimpulse

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tilt-shift photography

Photo by 27147

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tilt-shift perspective manipulation

Photo by cloudsoup

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tilt-shift photo

Photo by shamilo

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tilt-shift image

Photo by Vladimír Doležel

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tilt-shift effect

Photo by angusleonard

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tilt-shift photography

Photo by jamble

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tilt-shift effect

Photo by countlazarus

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tilt-shift image

Photo by ArnarBi

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tilt-shift photo

Photo by Daniele Pesaresi

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tilt-shift miniature

Photo by b4silio

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tilt-shift perspective manipulation

Photo by scaramanga

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tilt-shift effect

Photo by forzart

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tilt-shift image

Photo by groomit41

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tilt-shift miniature

Photo by andrewyang

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tilt-shift photography

Photo by handfat

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tilt-shift effect

Photo by phoenixdk

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tilt-shift photo

Photo by darktiger4u

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tilt-shift miniature faking

Photo by Lorenzo Baldini

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tilt-shift effect

Photo by cheyrek

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tilt-shift photo effect

Photo by Erik K Veland

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tilt-shift image

Photo by mcsixth

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tilt-shift photo

Photo by camardella

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tilt-shift photo effect

Photo by eRiQ

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tilt-shift miniature faking

Photo by Suviko

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  • Joe Nobody

    Some of these are quite well done. the rest… CRAP.

  • sogfrog13

    that is harsh, they’re all very good

  • George

    the tilt shift is quite hard to pull off, but some are definitly better than others

  • A_little_me

    They’re all quite nice, in my opinion. It is true, as the other said, that some are not as impressive as others, but all of them exceed my skill in photography. I would avoid those that have defined textures, such as sand, because you can obviously tell that it is not proportionate to the buildings. The people in most of your work, though is unbelievably impressive, it took me a minute to identify them as models.

  • mmmm

    Some are pretty realistic looking, though a few could use some help on the focus.

  • mario

    very nice:)

  • Joe Sombody

    Some of these are making the StumbleUpon rounds. I once stumbled on a site that had whole stop motion movies from the UK. Very well made. I’d love to learn how to do this myself.

  • Danny

    I like this type of photography. It’s weird how it makes everything look miniature or toyish. Very strange, but very interesting to see.

  • Randi

    These pictures are amazing, and as a photographer myself, I want to go out and try this! The ones with the people in them are especially amazing, they don’t look real.

  • Mingsta

    @ A_little_me..errr, they’re not models. They’re real scenes made to lllok like models. The sand is real sand at real proportions.

  • Rincewind

    You can do this with Photoshop you know!

  • fdfsdaf

    this is gay. They just look like someone used a bad blur filter. They look awful. I find myself reaching for some glass cleaner to clean the stupid blur.

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  • Steve

    I can’t help thinking that most of the commenters have missed the point!
    It’s real scenes made to look like itty bitty toys NOT the other way around. Sheesh!

  • Carl

    It is amazing the comments some will write. Please understand what you are viewing before you comment. Steve is correct. The photos are of real life scenes shot with a special lens to blur the foreground and background. In addition the saturation level of the photo is increased in post production. This gives the effect of a small 3D model. A “toy like” look. If you look at the photos from this perspective, I think you will appreciate the craft much more.

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  • Lenseye

    There are some excellent tilt-shift photos out there but the majority of these are quite poor.

    It’s not as simple as taking any shot and applying the photoshop techniques, the original shot has to lend itself and most of these don’t frankly.

    Check out the World Press Photo shortlist from a few years back. Some great black and white tilt-shift pieces of sporting events.

  • Gretter

    This looks fun and I’ll be sure to try it.
    Thx for sharing.

  • Jamie

    I can’t believe that some of these are REAL pictures! Very cool!

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  • http://www.bpm.co.za Vivienne

    To my eyes, without care for the technical details, these photos are facinating and a pleasure to see… stupid people are critical of amazing work, just because others, better or not, exist!! these take me out of ordinary life using ordinary scenes. What else could anyone want from an image?

  • http://www.devereauxprints.com Edmund Devereaux

    I keep thinking the first time I did some fake ones from my father’s old slides when I showed him he said “did I take those so out of focus”. I guess it is not for everybody but these are good.

  • Nathalie Scully

    OK.. this is cool!.. I gotta get a better camera!!..
    great stuff… thanks for sharing your photos. :D

  • http://www.davidnh.com David Hardwick Photography

    Wonderful photography. These look like models.

  • Joao

    There are some true gems among this selection.
    Such great work, although some images do lend themselves more than others.
    The first one is truly wonderful, amazing colours!

  • matt3046

    #29 has a giant spider…

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  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/jontlaw/sets/72157604621401422/ Jon Law

    These are great fun to do. One of mine is featured (the steam train on the bridge). I add the effect post process.

    A real tilt shift lens basically places a band of focus across the image. This works well for scenes that are essentially a flat plane (views from ESB, for example). What I like to do is pick on more awkward subjects and try and make those work as miniatures. This often means masking out sections of the image before applying the blur filter. There are some great examples of masking above – Pongo’s Church and Crane – corking!

    Like I said – it’s great fun, but you don’t have to “get” it – I’ll still love ‘em all :)

  • Iamthepattern

    A sculpture called “Maman” by Louise Bourgeois (who sadly died last year) at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Maman_de_Louise_Bourgeois_-_Bilbao.jpg

  • Skt389

    They aren’t models. They are pictures of actual scenery that have been manipulated to LOOK like models.