Want more interesting photos? Give them a twist!


Are you tired of the same old tired looking snapshots of your friends and family? Give your photos a twist, or to be more accurate, give your photos a Dutch Tilt. A Dutch Tilt is a cinematic technique used to portray the uneasiness or tension in the subject being filmed. I personally think the Dutch Tilt offers much more to photos than it's definition. I think the Dutch Tilt can bring more interestingness to any photo. So how do you go about creating a Dutch Tilt? It's easy.. Normally you hold your camera even with the horizon, this is called "Landscape Mode". If you turn your camera on it's side, this is called "Portrait Mode". Hold your camera at any angle in between, that's a Dutch Tilt!

As humans, we are all too often compelled to follow the rules, living each day within the lines of what is proper or expected. Think about this, almost 99% of all photographs taken, are shot in landscape mode. Less than 1% of all photographs taken in portrait mode.


A bit of history:

The Dutch angle, also known as Dutch tilt, canted angle, or oblique angle, is a type of camera shot where the camera is set at an angle on its roll axis so that the shot is composed with vertical lines at an angle to the side of the frame, or so that the horizon line of the shot is not parallel with the bottom of the camera frame. This produces a viewpoint akin to tilting one's head to the side.

In cinematography, the Dutch angle is one of many cinematic techniques often used to portray psychological uneasiness or tension in the subject being filmed.

Dutch refers to a adaptation of the word "Deutsch", the German word for "German". It is not related to the Dutch people or language. It originated in the First World War, as Navy blockades made the import (and export) of movies impossible. The German movie scene was part of the expressionist movement, which used the Dutch angle extensively.

Using a Dutch Tilt is breaking the rules of what is expected or ordinary. Photographs taken with a Dutch Tilt can add interest to almost any photo in the right situations. Dutch Tilt, give it try...

Happy Shooting!