DIY Tilt Shift Camera Hack

DIY Tilt Shift Camera Hack

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Sarah Rae Smith
Oct 19, 2009

We've talked about tilt shift photography before with a snazzy iPhone app, it helps with selective focus and miniaturing subjects in your photographs. But, buying professional gear to make it work isn't always cheap—this diy hack made from a discarded grill cover and hockey tape looks like it's right up our alley!

There's nothing better than a diy hack that involves ridiculously normal things, in this case it's hockey tape and pieces of an unused grill cover (although we think any thick, opaque fabric would do the trick). In fact, a trip to the hardware store might not even be needed, a rummage through your junk drawer might just do the trick!

If you're worried about using the lenses you already own, try heading down to your local thrift store or pawn shop to pick up a few on the cheap. Flickr member smaedli is the one behind the hack and had this to say about the project:

"The bellows are made from two 4" pieces of Weber Grill cover material that are taped together with black gaffers tape. Finally, the lens and the T-mount adaptor are superglued to the cloth. When I mount the lens on my D200, it droops rather dramatically, so I've tied a rubber band around the lens barrel and loop it over the D200's eyepiece. That gives the lens stability without really limiting free movement."

Tilt shift photography is worth a try if you've never played around with it before. It can add a little something extra to photos in your collection. It also creates movement in a room when photos are hung on the wall in a space. Because of their tilted nature, they naturally keep your eyes moving. You can see a few of the photos taken with this hack over at smaedli's Flickr set.

Still not sure what all the fuss is about? Read up on tilt-shift photography!

Thanks smaedli!

(Image: Flickr Member smaedli licensed for use by Creative Commons)

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