17 Tilt Shift Photos From Turkey

If your passion is photography, there is no shortage of beautiful places in Turkey. I still have hundreds of photos to publish and one technique I am messing around with is tilt shift photography.

Tilt shift photography is manipulating a scene to make it look like a miniature model, almost doll like and it gives the feeling that you can pick up the buildings and landscape with your fingers.

Professional photographers will use the camera however most amateurs use photo editing software to achieve more or less the same effect. All the photos below have been manipulated using Photoscape.

Tilt Shift Photos From Around Turkey

Demirkapi plateau in the Black Sea region of Turkey. The houses here are called Yaylas. Locals will migrate there in the summer time because it is high in the mountains and a lot cooler than the coastal regions.

Demirkapi plateau

Uzungol is a popular tourist resort in the north east of Turkey. Traditionally, the hotels and houses are made from wood. In the winter time, snow fall in this region can be heavy and the lake will freeze over.


The view from Kars castle, looking at  Kumbet mosque which is also known as the Church of 12 apostles. Kars is a large city in the east of Turkey.

View from Kars castle

View from Caykur tea gardens in Rize. This city is the tea capital of Turkey and where most of the tea leaves are grown to cope with the large demand in Turkey for a “real cup of tea”

View from Caykur tea gardens

Boyali village in the Beypazari region of Turkey. It is one of 33 villages which are part of a mass tourism promotion in the region.

Boyali village

Looking out over the Fethiye  / Rhodes ferry service. The Fethiye region is popular with holiday makers starting a tour of the Turkish Riviera.  Many expats have also chosen to make the area their second home.

Fethiye Ferry

Looking out over the courtyard of a museum in Gaziantep. This city has done a lot to encourage foreign tourism to the region. Leaflets and signs are printed in English and old buildings such as this one have been renovated.

Gaziantep museum

A cattle farmer in the Inozu valley region of Beypazari. It may be hard to see on the photograph but when we came across this farmer, he was finishing off his daily prayer.

Inozu valley

Hasankeyf is in the south east of Turkey and it has a history dating back thousands of years. It’s future is unknown as there are plans to move the current population and flood the area with a dam. This proposal is currently going through the courts.


The Ottoman houses of Beypazari are very similar to those seen in Safronbolu. This is because the town was redesigned by architects from Safronbolu after a large fire destroyed most of it.

hidirlike viewpoint

A hotel in the Ayder plateau region of the Black sea. The scenery of this region is unlike anything I have seen in Turkey. Large mountains, green plateaus and a traditional way of living make it a unique area.

Hotel ayder plateau

Looking out over Istanbul from Galata Tower. Not recommended if you have a fear of heights!


Traditional houses in Kozalan village – Beypazari. This region is great if you love walking and trekking holidays.

kozalan village

Looking out from Panoramic view point which is one of my favourite places in the Cappadocia region, even though it is geared up for tacky tourism.

View from Panoramic view point

Uchisar which is in the Cappadocia region. In December of last year, I returned to this village for the second time and realized that on my first visit, I had missed so much. I need to write a follow up post because the first article only briefly touches on how wonderful this place is.


Looking out at the city of Urfa from the castle. We stayed in the old town of which I loved the Arabic influenced architecture and décor.


The Greek Island of Meis which can be reached on the day ferry from Kas. This is where I met Kostos the Greek and had an exciting adventure into the Blue cave.


If you want to see photographs that have not been tilt shift manipulated, Zoover has a wonderful collection and albums dedicated to photos of Turkey. They also have 21 videos so grab a cup of coffee and sit back.

Readers Question : Which photo is your favorite?

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  1. says

    I love this effect. It makes the gorgeous architecture really stand out!

    • Nat says

      Thanks Liyana. They are a different method and some people like them, some don’t.

  2. Jeremy says

    Wonderful post and fantastic photos! You’ve jointly inspired me to use he tilt-shift function on my camera more, as well as reminding me I need to go to the Black Sea.

    I also have some tilt-shifted photos from Amasya at bendedbrains.com/fairy-tale-Amasya

    • Nat says

      Now you have made me jealous by telling me you have tilt shift on your camera!

  3. says

    Fun, fun, fun! The effect leaves me thinking I’m looking at incredible miniatures – maquettes as they sometimes use in the architecture or film industries.

    Gorgeous scenery – I’d be pressed to get up and get going each morning with views like these.
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    • says

      There are some incredible views around Turkey and sometimes this miniature effect works on them, sometimes it doesn’t. Either way, I look forward to getting up each morning!
      Natalie wrote about..A Gorgeous Cave Hotel in Cappadocia

  4. says

    I absolutely love these! So cute and inspiring.
    Now I am curious to see if my camera can do this.

  5. says

    I’m not always a fan of major photo manipulations, but I do sometimes like tilt shift photography because of how it plays tricks with the perspective. I really like the one with the cows and the one in Istanbul from Galata Tower.
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  6. says

    What a fun way to see the Turkish landscape and buildings! I’m not familiar with this technique so really enjoyed that you shared this. Keep it up! The view from Kars Castle esp. looks like you’re looking on a model village.
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  7. says

    Ohhhhh I love this! After 15 years editing magazines and three having a blog, I am just now focusing on experimenting with my own photography. So, now, I am a bit obsessed… Love these photos.
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  8. Kerri says

    As a photography novice, I’ve never heard of or seen this effect before – it’s awesome! Good job :)

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