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    De-Mystifying the Tilt & Shift lens in Landscape Photography by Andy Phillips

    The ideal depth of field in the majority of landscape photographs is that there is front to back sharpness throughout the image.

    With most lenses however, even the expensive ones, this can be a challenge due to optical problems and often a technical compromise takes place utilising the hyperfocal distance (Charts, depth of field preview etc etc) from which you select the focus point to achieve this depth of field.

    The tilt and shift lens will solve that problem.

    Is it really so good or just another expensive gadget that's rarely used? Well, this lens has multiple uses and one of them has a superb application in landscape photography where the front of the lens can push down (tilting) enabling sharpness to occur between the blade of grass at your feet and that tree on the horizon without using a large f stop. .....Are you excited yet?

    It is produced by the major companies in various prime not zoom lenses i.e. 24mm 45mm 85mm etc

    When my shiny new lens arrived at my house it came complete with a thick technical book carefully explaining ( in many languages ) many aspects except what I wanted i.e. the practicalities of how to use it ! So, like you do, my next step was to research on line and boy o boy there lies enough information there to sink a ship.

    You can blow your mind and frighten yourself with an exact knowledge of Plane of Focus, Scheimpflug principle, tilting and shifting, diffraction and the circle of confusion ........but the practicalities of using this amazing lens are much more enjoyable. Personally, this lens has now been glued to my camera for over a year now!

    It is produced by the major companies in various prime not zoom lenses i.e. 24mm 45mm 85mm etc

    It does require some dexterity and training of the eye so why not come and enjoy a course with aspect2i and we will show you how to maximise this lens and produce great landscape photographs.

    © Andy Phillips

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