Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding tilt shift, part of Foundations of Photography: Specialty Lenses.
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A tilt-shift or perspective control lens lets you alter the perspective in an image, allowing…you to, among other things, restore converging lines to parallel.…This allows you to shoot objects with a truer representation of their real shape.…A tilt-shift lens is always a manual focus lens, so you won't find any autofocus switches…or stabilization controls.…Instead, you'll find this odd series of knobs and locks and switches.…So let's go through them here.…You are looking at this side of the lens right now, which is currently on the bottom side of the camera.…
We've set it up this way so that you can really easily see what's going on.…And I've got this switch here that says LOCK and this little knob here, and then I've got…another set of them right here.…These are locks for one of the movements of the lens.…With these all locked down right now, the lens stays rigid.…It can't move in any way.…It just stays just like a regular lens does.…So what I'm going to do first is unlock this switch and I'm going to turn this knob.…
The course begins with a look at several common and inexpensive lens attachments, from polarizers to neutral density filters. The course then explores ultra-wide angle and fisheye lenses as well as ultra-long telephoto and macro lenses. The course concludes with a look at tilt-shift lenses, which are useful for architectural photography and special effects, and at offbeat lenses, such as Lensbaby and Holga attachments.
The course also contains Photoshop postproduction advice and examples that illustrate the creative possibilities that an expanded lens collection provides. And because some specialty lenses are extremely expensive, the course also contains advice on renting gear.