You Don’t NEED a Tilt-Shift Lens for Architecture Photography!

You Don’t NEED a Tilt-Shift Lens for Architecture Photography!

Before I get into this, I need to put out a disclaimer – this article and video aren’t meant to throw shade at tilt-shift lenses. I love tilt-shift lenses. In fact, I own 3 of them. The whole idea for this topic came from seeing multiple condescending comments directed at newbie photographers, trying to make them feel inequitable because they didn’t use a TS lens! (I’m going to refer to tilt-shifts as ‘TS’ for the rest of the article).


From time to time, you’ll hear or see an argument made that true professional architecture photographers use TS lenses. And while I agree that they do have amazing benefits and make some aspects of shooting & editing more efficient – they’re not necessarily a must-have in order to be considered a professional or even produce professional-grade images.

Let’s take a look at one example…

I started by taking a photo of an office building exterior using my Canon TS.

Shot on a Canon 24mm TS shifted up

Next, I tried to recreate the same shot with a more conventional wide-angle lens:

Shot on a Sigma 14-24mm at 20mm pointed up

…and we adjust the verticals…

Cropped 20mm Sigma lens shot w/ correct verticals

Are you able to see a major difference? Would your clients be able to see a major difference?

And no I’m not gonna tell you which one is which in the comparison shots! That’s kind of the point X-D

I go deeper into a couple of other points related to TS lenses in the video below. I’m curious as to what your feedback is…am I off my rocker? Am I completely wrong? Have you been able to survive as an A&D or real estate photographer w/o a TS lens?

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