Join Justin Reznick for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the tilt-shift lens for a panorama, part of Landscape Photography: Washington's Olympic National Park.
- I really love the panorama format. It's important to think outside the box, not just shoot 2 by 3, but think about panos and squares, verticals, horizontal panos. I mean, there's so much that you can do. You don't wanna be limited. Now panoramas can be pretty easy with the long lens. I give a great demonstration and a course on the Palouse, or they could be very difficult with a wide angle lens. They involve getting a Nodal rail and very specific equipment. They're very, very technical and difficult. I don't wanna bring the extra equipment and I want my life to be simple when it comes to achieving something like a pano with a wide angle lens.
I just wanna be able to do it and the tilt shift lens gives me the freedom to knock out panos anywhere I am. It is so simple, and I'm gonna demonstrate exactly how that works. We've got the 24mm tilt shift lens on. We are completely level and what I've done is I've shifted and I'm gonna show you here to the left, and back towards the right and I've looked at this entire range and I'm gonna be able to capture all of it with three images and then stitch them together.
It's very easy in post-processing and I will definitely show you how. Now, what we wanna do is be in manual mode. Even though, we're not taking different frames, where you need to be in manual mode, let's say in a long lens panel, it's the same principles. Because I need my exposure to be the same throughout, so I'm gonna go to manual mode and I'm gonna find my exposure for the brightest part of this image and once I've done that then I will make sure not to have any blown highlights throughout.
Okay, so I've got my exposure, f11, two seconds, at ISO 400 and that will be consistent through all three images because I'm in manual mode. Now tilt shift lens, again remember, is manual focus. You gotta make sure and nail the focus. Make sure you zoom in with live view to set your focus. I'm gonna polarize this scene because I don't have blue sky, I'm not worried about discoloration with the polarizer and because I've got the green wet foliage, I need to reduce the glare. Now, what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna shift to the left, and I'm gonna take an image, and again, it's always helpful to mark your hand in front.
That'll be my first image and that way when I bring the images in the Lightroom, I'll know exactly where it is. So there's image one. And I'm gonna shift to the center. Image two. And I'm gonna shift to the right. Image three. Put my hand out in front. Again, I mark the end of that sequence with my hand, as well I did with the beginning, so that we can find those images very simple in Lightroom.
Now later, I'm gonna show you how to put those together. With a 24mm wide angle lens, we just created a panorama as simple as spinning a knob. It's great. So this is the tilt shift lens. These are a couple of great things you can do with it. Really excited about showing you that. I see some fall color deep in the forest. We've been looking around for fall color and it's just not a lot, and when you see it, man you gotta jump to it, so we're gonna go do that now.
- Defining the HIPS acronym for the shooting workflow
- Taking a serene shot of a creek
- Shooting waterfalls
- Isolating trees in a forest
- Getting a macro shot of the forest floor
- Shooting reflective pools
- Using a tilt-shift lens for a panorama
- Shooting fall foliage
- Comparing polarized shots