How to Make Your Own Tilt-Shift Lens

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Tilt-shift photography is cool, if painfully hip. While there are plenty of ways to give it a go, if you're particularly cheap or like a challenge, you can always hack your DSLR to achieve the tilt-shift effect.

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Over at Do-It-Yourself Photography, Maciej Pietuszynski explains how to create your own tilt-shift set-up using a shower head and rubber glove. OK, so you'll also need a lens — he uses a 50mm/1.8 prime — but otherwise, this hack uses things that could well be lying around your home. If you're comfortable cutting a pipe with a hacksaw and disassembling a perfectly good lens, then go for it.

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You can see how well it works in Pietuszynski 's Flickr gallery. I for one am impressed. Of course, if you're not feeling that adventurous, you could stump up some cash and invest in some Lensbaby kit. [DIYP via MAKE]

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Argh.

Okay, from the Wiki on tilt-shift photgraphy:

"In a subject plane parallel to the image plane, parallel lines in the subject remain parallel in the image. If the image plane is not parallel to the subject, as when pointing a camera up to photograph a tall building, parallel lines converge, and the result sometimes appears unnatural, such as a building that appears to be leaning backwards."

So, for example, the linked shot. The buildings on the other side of the road are aligned diagonal to the plane of the medium, but the shift allows the plane of focus to cover all of them, without getting anything in front or behind.

Something you can't do with a Lensbaby. Or this.