Tilt/Shift Lenses

Tilt/shift lenses are a type of lens that allows a “normal” D/SLR to mimic special photographic techniques that are normally only found on large format cameras. (Large format cameras are those old style cameras that look like they are made of a bellows.) One of the really cool uses for these lenses is to create a feeling of miniaturization – everything looks like it’s a model on a toy train table instead of a shot of real life. The video below is a stop-motion animation made with a tilt/shift lens and gives a great demonstration of both time-lapse/stop motion filming and the possibilities of a tilt/shift lens.

Helpless from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.

7 thoughts on “Tilt/Shift Lenses

  1. I’ve know about them for some time – I actually learned about them because of their use in architectural photography. But there was a really cool article about an Italian photographer using them to make miniature views of famous landmarks in Italy & France. Can’t find the URL off-hand now, though. 🙁

  2. Awesome! Brian was showing me some of these, but this is by far the most entertaining one I’ve seen.
    Love the sand sculpture and the hoola-hoop chick.

  3. Hello!
    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language 😉
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

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