This Photographer’s Custom Made Tilt Shift Lenses Look Like Sci-Fi Props

All images by Jin Kim, used with permission.

When we first laid eyes on this custom made tilt shift lens on Reddit, we thought it was a prop from a science fiction movie. Our attention was piqued and we had to learn more. It turns out they are tilt shift lenses that the Redditor’s father, photographer Jin Kim, had custom made. Tilt-shift photography is a popular genre of photography that involves manipulating depth of field and perspective. Real world objects often take on a toy like appearance in resulting tilt-shift images. Specially designed tilt-shift lenses or adapters are required to achieve this effect practically in-camera, but they can be costly and challenging to use. This has resulted in some photographers opting to simulate the effect during post-production using programs like Photoshop instead. The same principle can also be applied in reverse to magnify the depth of field, but commercially available lenses and adapters don’t cater to this kind of tilt-shifting. To tackle this challenge, Jin Kim came up with some interesting DIY solutions. Jin was kind enough to share the stories behind his custom made lenses with us.

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These Custom Hand Painted Backdrops are Great Additions to Your Studio

All images by Kate Woodman via CustomCanvasBackdrop on Etsy

If you’re setting up your dream studio, I’m sure you’ll need a variety of backdrops for product and portrait work. While you’re most likely planning to head to a nearby photo supply store to check some swatches, you might also want to have at least one of the custom hand painted backdrops made by Kate Woodman in your collection.

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Birties Bowties Kickstarter Will Print Anything (Even Cameras) On Your Own Custom Made Bowtie


There are lots of photography related swag and fashion pieces out there, but one of the latest comes from a new Kickstarter called Birties. They’re aiming to manufacture custom made bowties, like the special Canon AE-1 version up above. Bowties overall though have made a comeback with the surge in hipster culture, and they’re just overall quite fun. If you want, you can custom print one of your favorite photos on there or your company’s logo on them (and consider it to be fun advertising when you’re wedding season becomes super busy.)

The Kickstarter needs a total of $2,000 to get its feet off the ground; and then Pentax fans can proudly wear their K-5 II around their neck so we all know who they are 😉 Head over to their page and check out their pretty funny video.