National Geographic Daily News

Machu Picchu, Peru

Photograph by Claire Wroe, My Shot

The tilt shift lens, often used in architectural photography, is fun to use for rendering actual settings into scale-model worlds in which people look like toy figures. Because you’re altering the planes of focus and drawing the eye to a narrow area of the photograph, a specific point of interest must be included. In this image, the two small figures walking through the "maze" are essential elements. I love that one of the people is wearing something red, providing the only bright color in the entire image.—Catherine Karnow

Photo Tip: When using the tilt shift lens to show a scene as a world in miniature, be sure to have a clear point of focus, such as a person or people within the scene.

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