Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1494 (1:02:07)

Chris Marquardt

This week, Chris wants to talk about Tilt-Shift photography. Tilt-Shift is where a photographer makes things look smaller, like a toy, with sharp center and out of focus edges, like shooting a macro shot. You can do it by using a specially designed lens that will shift off the focal plane. LensBaby is best known for their Tilt-Shift lenses, but Chris says it isn't strictly Tilt-Shift. They start at around $700 for a cheap one. So think buying used, or even renting it.

There's two parts: Tilt (by tilting the camera). and then Shift (to shift the lens). You can also adjust your depth of field to make it extremely shallow and put the subject in the middle ground. It takes a lot of practice though.

But you can also do it in software and fake it.

Don't forget our current assignment - "Hand". Take a photo of, about or otherwise concerning the concept of "Hand" and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "Hand" as well! And if Chris likes it, it could end up on next month's photo contest review segment!