Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Experimenting With Perspective
It’s time to get creative in the unique world of the tilt-shift lens
Without a doubt, this is the most pertinent tilt-shift lens application for landscape photographers. Many of you are familiar with the Scheimpflug principle. Large-format shooters have used Scheimpflug from time immemorial to achieve increased depth of field. It works by manipulating the relationship of the lens plane and the film plane (or image plane), and it gives you greater depth of field without having to stop down the lens to a smaller aperture.
In simpler terms, it means that you can achieve the front-to-back depth of field you always long for in those spectacularly deep landscape images without the longer shutter speeds associated with apertures of ƒ/16 and beyond. This can be particularly useful when shooting wildflowers on a windy day, photographing a landscape with fast-moving clouds or even freezing the movement of a creek or stream that begs to be tack-sharp.
Easy Shooting And Stitching For Multiple-Image Panoramas
If you're a fan of stitching digital panoramas, you'll be pleasantly surprised by how easy it is to knock out three- and four-frame panoramas by utilizing the shift function on tilt-shift lenses. Unless you're shooting a more advanced stitched collage of frames, there's no rotating your tripod head, calculating nodal point, etc.—it's just a simple horizontal (or vertical) lens shift.
Using Tilt-Shift In Layouts
Have you ever put together a family newsletter or any other kind of layout that joined your images with text? It can be difficult to get type to read off a photograph. Using the selective blur from a tilt-shift lens can make negative space out of filler that would have been busy and unusable otherwise. Words and logos pop off the page when placed on soft backgrounds.
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