This tutorial is an essential guide to the tilt-shift lens, a study of the tilt-shift lens, or architectural lens, as it is also called.
This tutorial constitutes a fragment from the extensive tilt-shift lens study I present in the book From Basics to Fine Art – Black and White Photography – Architecture & Beyond, a book I wrote with co-author Joel Tjintjelaar and that you can find on our webstore at the link above. You can find the entire study in the chapter “The Tilt-Shift Lens as Main Tool in Architectural Photography”. Also hands-on demonstrations and explanations with case studies on how to use the tilt-shift lens in architectural and long exposure photography, together with more other resources and tips you can find in my video tutorial Long Exposure, Architecture, Fine Art Photography – Creating (en)Visionography that comes with a black and white processing ebook.
What Equipment and Software I Used
The fine art architectural images shown in this tutorial have been shoot with a Canon 5D MKIII camera, a Canon tilt-shift lens TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L II, using neutral density filters Formatt-Hitech ProStop IRND, and were processed using Photoshop, Lightroom and Topaz B&W Effects, DeNoise, Detail and ReMask.
The Tilt-Shift Mystery and Charm
There is a certain mystery around the tilt-shift lenses among those who have not used one yet. At the same time I can notice among many photographers a sort of awe combined with inhibition when it comes to talk about this lens and especially when it comes to shoot with it. From what I see around me, this is the least understood lens among the DSLR lenses and the one that is the most underused, meaning that it is used by many well Continue reading