THE POWER OF
Tilt-shifts may be the trickiest and most complicated lenses to master. But the perspective-altering effects they let you achieve are also super rewarding.scroll
SEE THE WORLD
If you’ve ever seen one of these crazy images where big things like trucks and planes look like toys, you’ve probably wondered, “How’d they do that?!” Most likely, it was through a tilt-shift. These lenses can copy the way your eyes see something small from up close, for dazzling effects.
Use a wide aperture (try f/3.5) for a more dramatic miniaturizing effect.
As straight lines get further from you, they appear to come together, as if they were trying to converge on some distant point. The shift feature of a tilt-shift lens helps you remove that effect from your images. It’s a handy little trick that helps make buildings look straighter.
Make sure your camera is level before shifting your lens.
CREATE IN A
Tilt-shift lenses may be hard to use, but they can unlock the door to some amazing techniques. You can combine multiple images into panoramas without moving the camera. Or use selective focus to tell a viewer where to look. Pretty much any way you use it, a tilt-shift lets you truly experience the power of a lens.
Use imaging software to stitch together three shots taken from the same location but with different shifts.
TIPS TO REMEMBER
USE A TRIPOD
It's pretty much necessary, whatever you're shooting.
POINT THE CAMERA DOWN AND TILT THE LENS UP
to miniaturize scenes shot from above.
MINIATURIZE SCENES BY SHOOTING FROM ABOVE
but not directly overhead.
PLAY WITH SELECTIVE FOCUS
by adjusting the tilt function.
REMOVE PERSPECTIVE WITH THE SHIFT DIAL
to keep lines in the buildings parallel.
ADVANCED: CREATE PANORAMAS
by connecting a series of shifted photographs.