Tilt-shift photography techniques that photographers should know

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Imagine creating a city with tall buildings, cars, trains and people, all in your living room using blocks and figurines. Then, use a camera to take a picture to showcase your work. How did that image appear in your head? Now, that is the small photo effect.

The small effect – or Tilt-shift – is a photography function that makes objects in the image appear much smaller than they actually are with a dreamy, almost like a toy effect. Typically, this is achieved by carefully blurring the top and bottom (foreground and background) of the image, creating a visual contrast with the details of the main subject in the middle of the image. Let’s learn about Tilt-shift photography techniques that photographers should know in the article below.

Why make the object look small?

Like all photography effects, the ‘mini’ effect can be a great photography tool to convey the story and ideas behind your photos.

For example, using small photo effects on your photos can help viewers understand the actual aspect ratio of your photos; It can be used to express how far or near you are to the object; Perhaps your idea is to visualize a person’s dream? Or a time-lapse video to show a busy city passing through fading? Small photo effects become a photographic tool for storytelling that many people choose.

Like all tools, they only work best if you know how to use them. Good news: we’ve created this short guide to get you started!

Ways to get a small photo effect

A common way to achieve this effect is to add tilt-shift lenses to your camera kit. This type of lens allows you to tilt and shift the camera’s optical system in different directions, changing your focal plane greatly.

For starters, you can get started using photo editing tools already on the camera. Try the Creative Assist features on the Canon EOS 200D II. With easy-to-understand modes, you can easily change shooting conditions even through the viewfinder; Adjust background blur, hue, brightness, contrast, and color right on the camera display during playback.

Want a more natural way to recreate thumbnails? We recommend that you buy a DSLR camera with the built-in Miniature Effect function. With the Canon EOS 200D II, you can get this effect with a number of in-camera filters and processing options to help you expand your endless creative possibilities. Now turn to the tricks!

Canon EOS 200D II, f/5.6, 1/250s, ISO 100​

Tip 1: Get to the top

The higher you go, the smaller your subjects (and the smaller the photo effect, the better).

If so, make the most of the Vari-angle LCD Touch Screen for bold layouts and angles. Designed for easy shooting at extremely low or extreme angles, you can tilt, flip and rotate the display so you can view it in full even at difficult angles.

To achieve the desired depth of field, it is recommended to take pictures from above but not directly above the head. Avoid wide angles and photos that are on a level with the subject.

Tip 2: Simplify

Remember the ‘other room city’ we discussed above? Get that effect by making sure it is really simple – toy models are often small but attract attention, simply because there aren’t too many distracting elements. If people are part of the audience, make sure they are as small and as detailed as possible. Ensuring neat and simple to get maximum impression.

Canon EOS 200D II, f/5.6, 1/200s, ISO 400

Tip 3: Focus on the subject

The best miniature effect is achieved with precisely defined focus – that’s the highlight of your photo. Ensure that the main subjects are captured in high quality sharpness with powerful image processing capabilities. We recommend using the 24.1 MP APS-C CMOS sensor and the latest DIGIC 8 image processor because the sharper the image, the more prominent it will be within the blurring effects.

Try it yourself now

Miniature photography is a great addition to your skills. Perfect for adding a special element to food, architecture and even portraits.

Canon EOS 200D II, f/5.6, 1/640s, ISO 100

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