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30 Tilt-Shift Lens Photos That Will Make You Need One

By Sean Lewis on February 22nd 2019

Is a tilt-shift lens a “must-have” in a photographer’s gear bag?  While most outside of architectural photography would say “no,” these 30 portraits from six incredible photographers might make you reconsider.

The following collection of images could really have only been created using a tilt-shift lens. These lenses manipulate the focal plane in an unusual way to draw focus to the subject. Several apps offer filters that attempt to recreate the look of tilt-shift lenses, but it’s not quite the same. With an app filter, you can’t actually tilt or shift the focal plane to the same extent as capturing an image with an actual tilt-shift lens.

You can find the prices and specs for various tilt-shift makes and models below:

24mm Tilt-Shift Lens

45mm Tilt-Shift Lens

85mm Or 90mm Tilt-Shift Lens

Tilt-shift lenses are notoriously tricky to use, in part because they’re fully manual lenses. When perfected, however, they’re capable of producing unparalleled results. Like the lens, each photographer brings a unique perspective when it comes to using tilt-shift lenses to capture artistic portraits. We found a collection of artists whose use of the tilt-shift lens puts a creative twist on portrait photography.

See their work below:

Jay Cassario: Instagram | Website

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Image Above by Jay Cassario (Instagram | Website)

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Eric Talerico: Instagram | Website

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Hansandroxes: Instagram | Website

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Pye Jirsa:
Instagram | Website

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Trevor Dayley: Instagram | Website

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Image Above by Trevor Dayley (Instagram | Website)

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Jason Mark Harris: Instagram | Website

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Image Above by Jason Mark Harris (Instagram | Website)

Image Above by Jason Mark Harris (Instagram | Website)

All of the images in this article were used with direct permission from the artists.  Do NOT use or distribute the images without direct consent from the photographers.

If you enjoyed this article, you might also like a similar article we wrote: The 200mm F/2.0 Lens | 15 Photos That Will Make You Need One.

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About

Sean fell into photography while teaching for a non-profit. What started as a minor task – documenting guest speakers and classroom activities – grew into a major obsession, and eventually led to a position shooting with Lin & Jirsa. Nowadays, at SLR Lounge, Sean’s work as a marketing associate merges his interest in the fields of photography and education.

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  1. Jason Harris

    Thanks for sharing my work.. nearly makes me want another TiltShift..

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  2. Hans Rivadeneira

    Like everyone pics! A pleasure to appear with a great group of photographer! I want a 90 ts!!

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