I needed to rent some lenses for my wedding on Friday (my last one before baby!) and I decided to add a lens known as the Tilt-shift to my rental just to see what it is like. If you have no idea what a Tilt-shift lens can do click over to this post by Smashing magazine to see some really incredible results. Have you seen this video of a beach in Australia made using a Tilt-shift lens?
I really like what I’ve seen other photographers do with it and I wanted to see how it would work for me. I ended up leaving the rental place just in time to get to the wedding so I didn’t have any time to practice or really learn how it works. I wound up with only a few photos worth keeping and realized I needed to spend some more time practicing.
There are those who say the same effects can be achieved through Photoshop, but I disagree. Unfortunately my mathematical skills prevent me from letting you know exactly WHY I disagree, but I’ve read several arguments back and forth about it and I agree with the “Photoshop can’t fake what an expert can do” camp. Photographers I love who frequently use the Tilt-shift include Jonas Peterson, Jeff Newsom, and Sean Flanigan. Try scrolling through their stuff and spotting when they use the Tilt-shift.
If you have a dSLR and you’d like to shake things up a little bit from your normal routine I’d suggest renting a new lens and having some fun with it. You can try the Tilt-shift, find someone who has a Lensbaby, or you can get really ambitious and look into making your own!