Shooting Challenge: Tilt-shift

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Tilt-shift photography originated with large, billowing lenses to capture the proportions of architecture. Today, its often used to blur parts of a frame and make the world appear in miniature. However you use it, for this week's Shooting Challenge, you'll photograph in tilt-shift.


The Challenge

Take a tilt-shift photograph. (Yes, you can use the miniaturization filters in your favorite photo app instead of picking up four figures in fancy dSLR lenses.)

The Technique

For those who own tilt-shift lenses, cool! This is the tutorial for you.

But I'm going to move forward with the assumption that anyone who needs a tutorial in tilt-shift will probably be doing the fake it method. No judgement here. I'd recommend this tutorial, which includes practical shooting tips about how to source your photograph before going into post production.

If you'd like to create the tilt-shift miniaturization effect by hand, here's a way to do that in Photoshop. (It's about as simple as these things get.)

The Example

Our lead image is by flickr's Paulo Guedes. There's something striking about seeing people in the miniature effect, no? I wonder what other subjects would play with our perception in a similar manner...


The Rules

1. Submissions need to be your own.
2. Photos must be taken since this contest was announced (read more on that above).
3. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings, technique and story behind shot.
4. Email submissions to, not me.
5. Include 970px wide image (200KB or less) AND a natively sized image in email. I know that your photo may not fall into those exact high rez dimensions, so whatever native resolution you're using is fine.
6. One submission per person.
7. Use the proper SUBJECT line in your email (more info on that below)
8. You agree to the Standard Contest Rules - though we DO accept non-US resident submissions.
9. If the image contains any material or elements that are not owned by you and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the image, you are responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the image in the manner set forth in these rules without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any image is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.


Send your best photo by Monday, March 17th at 9AM Eastern to with "Tilt-Shift" in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameTiltShift.jpg (970px wide) and FirstnameLastnameTiltShiftWallpaper.jpg (2560px wide) naming conventions.


Do we get marked down if we actually use shift instead of just tilt?