Shooting Challenge: TiltShift

Everyone’s got at least one digital camera these days. But how well do you use it? Welcome to The Gizmodo Shooting Challenge, where Giz readers get to pit their photographic skills against each other for the admiration of their editors on a dedicated theme each week. This week’s challenge? Tiltshift.

You can interpret the theme in any way you see fit. There are only a few rules that must be adhered to: 1. The work must be your own 2. Photos must be taken after the challenge was announced (no portfolio linking or it spoils the “challenge” part) 3. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings, technique and story behind shot. 4. Email submissions to [email protected] 5. Include 800px wide image (200KB or less) in email. 6. One submission per person. 7. Use the proper SUBJECT line in your email (more info on that below)

Send your best photo by Tuesday, June 14 at 8am AEDT to [email protected] with “Tiltshift” in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameTiltshift.jpg naming convention. Include your shooting summary (camera, lens, ISO, etc) in the body of the email along with a story of the shot in a few sentences. And don’t skip this story part because it’s often the most enjoyable part for us all beyond the shot itself!

To shoot proper tiltshift, you kind of need some expensive lenses and a lot of time, which is why we're more than happy for you to fake your way through this challenge. Lots of cameras these days have a tiltshift mode that will fake the effect, while there are also iPhone apps that offer the same service. Alternatively, you can run a pic through Photoshop to create the effect - whatever works for you.

This shot was taken using the Canon 60D's inbuilt tiltshift feature at the camera's launch last year. f3.5, 1/2000 and from memory I think I ran the tiltshift effect through twice for added emphasis. Looking forward to seeing what you guys can create this week!

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