The How-To’s Of Tilt-Shift Lenses

Tilt-Shift lenses can be utilized in many different ways throughout architectural, portrait, lifestyle, and tabletop photography to correct distortion, create a miniature effect and produce a dreamy, selective look. Sam Hurd PhotographyBoth Canon and Nikon have their own versions, the TS-E and PC-E respectively, available in a variety of focal lengths. Vincent Laforet has compiled three wonderful videos that will introduce you to the basic functions and explain and demonstrate the different applications of this versatile lens. Just follow this link to his gallery of's of tilt-shift Below are some helpful diagrams from our friends over at the Slanted Lens. These diagrams break down the different planes of focus based on the direction in which you are tilting or shifting: how-to's of tilt-shiftIf you stand straight on to the subject and point the camera straight at the subject, then the background will fall out of focus equally on both sides. how-to's of tilt-shift If you swing the lens to the right, the subject and the left side of the background will be in focus and the right side of the foreground will fall out of's of tilt-shiftIf you swing your lens to the left, the subject and the right side of the background will be in focus and the left foreground will be out of's of tilt-shiftIf you tilt the lens up, the background above the subjects head will fall out of focus and the foreground will come into's of tilt-shift If you tilt the lens down, the background will come into focus and the foreground will be out of focus.


  1. Maybe a better title for this post would be “The How-To’s Of Tilting with Tilt-Shift Lenses” because your post doesn’t seem to touch on “shifting” with a tilt-shift lens. JMO :)

    • Good point, Laurie! If you watch the second installment of the Vincent Laforet videos linked in the post, he talks about the shift function, if you’d like to learn more!

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