There are apps that turn your photos into tilt-shift photos, but they pale in comparison to actually having a tilt-shift lens. If you don’t have the budget to buy one, but you do have an old shower head, a rubber glove and you’re willing to disassemble a 50mm/1.8 prime lens, you can build your own for a fraction of the price.
We’re not suggesting you go out and buy a 50mm lens just to disassemble it (unless you know what you’re doing and you’re really into DIY photography projects), but if you have one you’re not using and some spare parts from around the house, you can have this DIY tilt-shift lens that Flickr user Maciej Pietuszynski dreamt up in the shower one morning.
He’s illustrated the process at his Flickr account and the process looks straightforward. He’s also included some shots with his new lens and the results speak for themselves. It may not be for everyone, especially novice photographers frightened of getting their hands dirty or taking an otherwise expensive lens apart, but if you have the stomach for it, the end result gets the job done nicely.
Would you give this a shot, or is this a waste of a perfectly good lens? Share your thoughts in the comments below.